May 23, 2012
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Cross Country will welcome a total of 10 freshmen to the team this fall which will comprise the Class of 2016. Five men - Taylor Davis, Sean Fogarty, Tom Higgins, Nick Miller and Sal Wright and five women - Katherine Carbeck, Gabby Holguin, Meagan Jaskot, Kristen Lancto and Christina MacFarlane will all run for the Saints beginning this fall.
"We are very excited about this group of student athletes we have coming in," said head coach Alison Wade. "They all have what it takes to be successful athletically and academically at Siena College. We've been steadily building our program and this incoming group will help us elevate Siena Cross Country further."
A native of Kingston, N.Y., Davis was a part of Kingston High's Section IX Class A Indoor Track and Field Championship team. Davis finished seventh individually at the Section IX Championships in the 600-meter and combined with three teammates to break the school record in the 4x800 relay at the New Balance Indoor Nationals in New York City.
Fogarty hails from Elmwood Park, N.J. where he was a standout at St. Joseph Regional High. In each of his final two seasons, Fogarty was named a Division I Big North Conference First Team selection.
Higgins joins the Saints from Hawthorne, N.Y. As a senior, Higgins was named All-County and ran ninth at the Class C Cross Country Finals.
A native of Endwell, N.Y., Miller finished 39th in the New York Federation Cross Country Championships his senior year. Miller was an All-State, All-Conference and All-Division runner while leading Maine-Endwell High to a Section IV STAC Championship and was also named an NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete.
Wright matriculates to Loudonville all the way from Las Cruces, N.M. where he won three races including the individual district title last fall. Wright, who competed for Onate High, finished sixth in the 800-meter at the New Mexico State Track and Field Championships and in cross country competition ran the 5K in a time of 15:51 to place seventh at the Mayfield Invitational in Texas.
On the women's side, Carbeck was an All-Western New York First Team selection. A native of East Aurora, N.Y., Carbeck led Orchard Park High to a No. 1 ranking in the state as a junior where she finished second at the Section VI Cross Country Championships in just her first season of cross country competition. Last fall, Carbeck was the runner-up in the 3,000-meters at the Section VI Track and Field Championships.
Holguin joins the Saints from Southbury, Conn. Holguin competed for Pomperaug High where she was named Second Team All-South West Conference this past season.
Jaskot captained her Tappan Zee High team this season in Blauvelt, N.Y. Last fall she finished seventh at the Section I Class B Cross Country Championships and recently placed third in the 3,000-meter run at the Rockland County Championships.
A native of nearby Schenectady, N.Y., Lancto was a two-time cross country team MVP for Schalmont High. Also a strong all-around track athlete, Lancto jumped an impressive five feet and two inches in the high jump despite her 5'2" height.
MacFarlane is also a local product from nearby Delmar, N.Y. and recently ran the 3,000-meters in 10:53 and five minutes flat in the 1,500-meters. MacFarlane, who attends Bethlehem High, finished 19th in the Section II Class A Cross Country Championships last fall in her first season of competition after having swam for the previous three years.