Stanford signs another top class for XC, track and field


Stanford strengthened its cross country and track and field programs with its fall signing class. Chris Miltenberg, Stanford's Director of Track and Field, announced Monday the signing of 14 to National Letters of Intent. Additions will be announced in the spring.

Men's signees are Liam Anderson (Corte Madera/Redwood HS), Devin Hart (Point Pleasant, N.J./ Point Pleasant Borough HS), Charles Hicks (Jacksonville, Fla./The Bolles School), Karson Lippert (Encinitas/La Costa Canyon HS), Max Manson (Superior, Colo./Monarch HS), Ryan Oosting, (Arlington, Mass./Arlington HS) and Dorien Simon (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes HS).

Chrisa Miltenberg/Stanford Athletics
Women's signees are Grace Connolly (Natick, Mass./Natick HS), Kristin Fahy (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS), Lily Flynn (New Rochelle, N.Y./The Ursuline School), Morgan Foster (Phoenix, Ariz./Chandler HS), Alexa Rossum (Atlanta, Ga./Buford HS), Ellie Talius (Sammamish, Wash./Eastlake HS), and Laurel Wong (Salinas/Santa Catalina School).

Anderson, a Bay Area product, won the Nike Cross Nationals on Saturday in course-record time, running 14:57.6 over 5K to win by more than three seconds.

Anderson is a two-time California Division III cross country champion, the reigning state 1,600-meter track champion, and is the California Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, the first from Northern California to receive the honor since German Fernandez in 2007.

Connolly is a two-time Massachusetts Gatorade Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year who was second in the mile – in a best of 4:49.34 -- at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals.

Connolly grew up running with her mom, Christina, the 1986 Big East outdoor 5,000 champ. Connolly, ninth at the 2016 Foot Locker nationals, is a three-time Massachusetts All-State cross country champion.

Fahy won the Foot Locker West region cross country championship on Saturday and will be the hometown favorite at Foot Locker nationals on Saturday in San Diego.

Flynn ran the second-fastest indoor 1,000 in New York history, bumping Mary Cain to third, when she ran 2:45.83 to win the state championship and set a meet record.

Foster made an immediate impact as a high school runner, running an Arizona record 2:07.06 in the 800 at the Portland Track Festival as a freshman.

Hart won the high school 3,000 at the Penn Relays last year and ranks as the No. 5 distance recruit in the country by MileSplit.

Hicks recently won the Nike Cross Southeast Regional title and was 14th in the national race.

Lippert is the No. 1 400-meter runner in California in the class of 2019.

Manson won the 2018 Colorado 5A championship by breaking a 32-year-old state meet pole vault record held by his father, Pat Manson, a two-time U.S. top-ranked vaulter and three-time Pan Am Games gold medalist.

Oosting, the No. 2 distance recruit in the country by MileSplit, was the 2017 New Balance Outdoor Nationals champion in the 5,000.

Rossum is ranked No. 3 in the country in her class in the 200 and No. 10 in the 100. Rossum was the top high school placer in the 200 at the 2018 U.S. junior national.

Simon captured three Washington state 3A titles last spring, winning the 100, 200 (in a best 21.50), and 4x100.

Talius was second at the Pole Vault Summit in Reno with a jump of 13-6 (4.11 meters), the No. 10 vault in the country by a high schooler last year.

Wong is the reigning California state pole vault champion and is the first from Santa Catalina School to win a state track and field title.

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