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Maple Leafs Add Seven To Track, Cross Country Programs
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Cross Country - Wed, Jun. 29, 2016

GOSHEN, Ind. — The Goshen College men's and women's track and cross country programs announced another wave of recruits on Wednesday as they look forward to their 2016-17 seasons. Head coach Rustin Nyce, who will enter his second full season as the coach of all four varsity teams, unveiled seven new additions, including a pair of local products, three from Indiana and four who qualified for the state championship meet.

Juan Perez (Goshen, Ind.)

Perez, a Goshen High School graduate, will join the Maple Leafs for track and cross country after finishing second overall at the Elkhart sectional in 2015, covering 5,000 meters (3.11 miles) in 16:39.44. He went on to take fourth at the regional and qualified for semistate.

"It is very important for me and for our program to keep the top local athletes here in town," said Nyce. "Juan had a very successful career at Goshen High school and he epitomizes what hard work and dedication can do for someone. I believe he has a level to achieve yet that he hasn't hit. His coach, Mike Wynn, does a great job training athletes to be successful in high school and still have room to grow at the next level."

As a senior on the track, Perez was part of a conference-champion 3,200-meter relay team that qualified for regionals in 2016. He also qualified for cross country state in 2014 as a member of Goshen's 20th-place team.

Juan is the son of Nohemi and Abertano Perez.

Nora Rangel (Goshen, Ind.)

Another Goshen High School graduate, Rangel appeared in the 2015 and 2016 state track finals as part of Goshen's 3,200-meter relay team: during high school, she also qualified for regionals in the individual 800 as well as the 1,600-meter relay. A three-time regional qualifier in cross country, Rangel also progressed to the semistate meet as a junior in 2014.

"Nora has had a fantastic high school career and was a key in the success of the cross country and track programs who has run very well on the state level," Nyce said. "She is a quiet leader and will help our young team grow. I'm excited to see what Nora can do for the next 4 years."

The daughter of Nora and Marco Rangel, she plans to study nursing.

Ryan Haggerty (Freeman, S.D.)

An alumnus of the Freeman Academy, Haggerty was a two-time regional champion and a four-time state qualifier in the South Dakota High School Activities Association cross country tournament who posted a 17:51.71 mark in that event at the 2014 regional meet. On the track, he was seventh in the state 3,200-meter run with a 10:48.89 clocking in 2014.

"Ryan has been a successful runner at the state level in South Dakota," said Nyce. "He brings strong work ethic and will develop well for Goshen."

The son of Dan and Heather Haggerty, Ryan Haggerty also reached the state finals twice as part of a 3,200-meter relay team. He qualified for state three consecutive times in that event. As a senior, he was also 10th in the state in the 1,600 meters in 4:42.66.

Megan Graber (Stryker, Ohio)

A product of Stryker High School in northwestern Ohio, Graber took fourth place in the 3,200 meters in the Buckeye Border Conference championships in 2015 with a mark of 13:31.63. At the same meet, she competed in the 1,600 and the pole vault after running the 800 earlier in the season.

"Megan also has a strong work ethic," Nyce explained. "She is very athletic and will flourish with more opportunities to improve in college."

The daughter of Joe and Karen Graber, Megan will be the third Graber sibling to join the ranks of the Goshen track and cross country programs: her sister Natalie graduated in April, while Luke will be a senior in 2015-16.

Siana Emery (Cumberland, Maine)

A two-time Maine state race walking champion, Emery will join the Maple Leafs this fall after competing at Greely High School. She claimed the 2016 Class B state title, finishing just inside the eight-minute mark for 1,600 meters with a time of 7:59.80.

"Siana is going to run both track and cross country, but her strongest event is the race walk," said Nyce. "She has continued to lower her track times substantially this season."

Emery qualified for the state meet in the race walk all four years she was in high school, taking sixth in 2013 and fourth in 2014. She also reached the finals in the pole vault as a sophomore after clearing six feet during the regular season. In cross country, her best 5K time was 22:40.56, set in a Western Maine Conference meet in 2015. She is the daughter of Celeste and Tom Emery.

Chelsea Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Mount Vernon High School alumna Chelsea Foster will come to Goshen looking to replicate the success of a 2015 season that saw her qualify for the semistate meet in cross country after running a career-best 20:15.05 to take 12th in the regional. She was named to the all-Hoosier Heritage Conference team in her first year as a cross country runner

"Chelsea is still a novice when it comes to running," said Nyce. "She has the ability and drive to be very successful."

The daughter of Shannon and Kevin Foster, Chelsea was part of a sixth-place 3,200-meter relay team for the Marauders at the 2015 sectional meet: an injury sidelined her for much of the 2016 season.

Jenae Stutzman (Centennial, Colo.)

A graduate of Littleton High School, Stutzman competed in all four races of 800 meters or longer for the Lions in her junior season of 2015. She finished 16th in the JeffCo 4A League Finals in the 3,200 meters, crossing the line in 13:33.01, before shaving nearly 20 seconds off that time as a senior.

"Jenae is continuing to run stronger times," said Nyce. "She likes to run longer distances and will adapt to running in college well."

Stutzman, who plans to study biochemistry, finished 53rd in the regional cross country meet as a senior with a time of 21:46. She is the daughter of Rod and Barb Stutzman.

With a large part of the 2016-17 recruiting class unveiled, the Maple Leafs will shift their focus to preparing for the fall cross country season, which will begin on Sept. 9 at the Indiana Wesleyan Twilight Classic. The full cross country schedule will be announced later this week. Stay tuned to GoLeafs.net for more information on Goshen College's 13 athletic programs.