RIVERSIDE --- California Baptist University Head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Track Coach Ben Gall has added 15 incoming recruits for the upcoming 2013 season.
Gall brings in nine new runners on the women’s side and six on the men’s side as both teams get set to open training camp. All of the incoming athletes will run both track and cross country at CBU.
Veronica Hall – Hall spent two years at Everett CC in Spokane, Wash. before transferring to CBU this season. The incoming junior helped lead Everett to a second Northwest CC Championship with a second place finish. Hall also had personal records of 4:41 in the 1500m, 10:37 in the 3k and 18:10 in the 5k on the track while at Everett.
Caroline Berkechir – Berkechir is an incoming freshman who hails from Eldoret, Kenya, graduating from Dry’s Girls Secondary School. She had personal records of 2:19 in the 800m, 4:41 in the 1500m, 10:20 in the 3k and 18:20 in the 5k.
Kim Rabenstein – Rabenstein comes to CBU from Burlington-Edison High School in Washington. The freshman will run cross country for the first time at CBU after competing in track, volleyball and basketball as a prep athlete. Rabenstein finished second in the 1600m at the Washington State Championships and had personal records of 5:06.85 in the 1600m and 11:15.2 in the 3200m.
Jessica Malagon – Malagnon is another transfer, coming to CBU after running at Vanguard last season. The Yucaipa High product had personal records of 18:47 for the 5k on a track and 5:03 in the 1500m.
Alysa Avila – Avila is an incoming freshman out of Colton High School. Avila ran a three-mile personal record of 18:09 during her prep tenure, helping to lead Colton to a cross country league championship. She was league MVP her senior year.
Alexys Estrada – Estrada comes to CBU from Vista Del Lago High School in Moreno Valley where she helped the Ravens to three cross country league titles and qualify for the CIF Southern Section prelims. Estrada had personal records of 5:38 in the 1600m, 11:37 in the 3200m and 18:29 for three miles.
Jaelin Milner – Milner is a graduate of Diamond Bar High who focused mostly on track throughout her prep career. She ran the 200m, 400m, 4x100m and 4x400m at Diamond Bar, setting Hacienda League records in those events. She was undefeated in the 400m as a senior, setting personal records of 58.8 in the 400m and 26.22 in the 200m. Milner will focus on the 400m at CBU.
Cammy Linger – Linger is an incoming freshman from El Dorado High School. Linger highlighted her senior year with a 15th place finish at the Del Oro Cross Country Invite this past season.
Ashtyn Robidoux – Robidoux hails from Apple Valley High School, where the incoming freshman placed 16th at the Mohave River League finals her senior season. Robidoux ran a person record of 20:07 in the three miles.
“This group of women represent the strongest recruiting class in recent CBU history,” said Gall “With their addition our team should have the experience and depth needed to win back the PacWest Championship in cross country and have a real shot at qualifying for the NCAA National Championships in November. On the track this group is well rounded and will add depth to both our middle distance and distance groups.”
Tyler Dutchover – A graduate of Yucaipa High, Dutchover is transferring to CBU from Vanguard as a junior. He was a four-time NAIA national qualifier in cross country and track and ran personal records of 8:35 in the indoor 3k, 14:43 in the 5k and 24:54 in the cross country 8k. At Yucaipa Dutchover was a seven-time Citrus Belt League Champ in cross country and track.
Taylor Guske – A Lakewood High School product, Guske spent 2010-11 at Great Falls in Montana before receiving his associates degree from Everett CC in Washington. He ran personal bests at Everett of 4:02 in the 1500m, 8:48 in the 3k and 14:49 in the 5k, as well as a 25:14 in the cross country 8k.
Matt Fry – Fry is an incoming sophomore from University High School in Washington, who transfers to CBU from Lipscomb. Fry had personal records of 1:54.73 in the 800m, 4:04 in the 1500m, 15:53 in the 5k and 27:02 in the 8k at Lipscomb. As a prep athlete he was the district champion in the 800m and placed 16th in the cross country state championships as a senior.
David Aguilar – Another local product, Aguilar is a graduate of Corona High. At Corona he was a Big VII All-League first team selection in cross country as a junior and senior, running a 14:28 at the CIF Southern Section Finals on a rain course his senior year. Aguilar had personal records of 4:25 in the 1600m, 9:19 in the 3200m and 15:21 in the 5000m on the track. He also posted a 15:18 at the Mt. SAC Invite as a senior.
Jorge Estrada – Estrada is another Lipscomb transfer, who hails from Moreno Valley (Vista Del Lago High School). He had a personal record of 16:05 in the 5k while at Lipscomb. As a high school athlete, Estrada ran a 4:33 in the 1600m and 10:00 in the 3200m, qualifying for CIF Southern Section Division I prelims.
Jeremiah Gotts – Gotts is an incoming freshman from Whittier High School. He ran a three-mile time of 15:27 in cross country and posted personal records of 9:58 in the 3200m and 4:35 in the 1600m on the track.
“This group of athletes represents an excellent mix of transfers who all have a high level of championship experience and talented freshman who are eager to help our team develop into a consistent NCAA contender in both cross country and track,” said Gall. “We feel strongly that bringing in this group helps strengthen our team immediately as we prepare for our first chance at qualifying for the NCAA Championships this fall, as well as sets us up to sustain that success in the future.”
The Lancers will open the 2013 cross country season by hosting the Lancer Invitational against Azusa Pacific, Academy of Art and Arizona Christian on Sept. 7.