BERKELEY – California Golden Bears Director of Track & Field Tony Sandoval announced today that the program has signed nine student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for their upcoming class. The team has added the California Division Two and Three state champions in cross country from a year ago, the Hungarian national champion and tenth ranked shot putter in the world junior ranks, the Wisconsin state champion in cross country, arguably one of the top dual threat horizontal jumpers in the state of California, and a stable of other top-performing student-athletes.
“I'm pleased that we were able to sign a good number of prospects this early in the recruiting calendar,” Sandoval said regarding the 2014 class. “The staff worked diligently to recruit across all of the disciplines in track and field. I believe we've addressed a number of needs. We're not done yet, as traditionally we find many late bloomers during the high school season that have become All Americans for the Golden Bears.”
The following is a list of the newest Golden Bears, along with some of their notable accomplishments:
Garrett Corcoran of Villa Park was the California Division Two cross country state champion with a time of 15:09 and also finished 14th at the Footlocker cross country nationals. His PR in the mile is 4:10.95, and the honor student with a 4.3 gpa who is looking to major in mechanical engineering at Cal. Garrett placed sixth in the 1600m at the California state track meet.
Peter Simon, a thrower from Budapest, Hungary, is ranked tenth in the world in the junior shot put. Simon was the Hungarian national champion and placed 11th at the European Junior Championships and has represented his country 17 different times in international competitions.
Karsten Wethington, a Union City, Calif. native from James Logan high school is a dual threat horizontal jumper that qualified for the state meet in both the long jump and triple jump during his junior season. By the conclusion of his junior campaign, Wethington obtained personal bests of 23-8.25 (7.22m) and 47-10.75 (14.60m). During his senior season, Wethington claimed the 2014 Indoor California state triple jump championship with a mark of 47-11.25 (14.61m).
Elizabeth Flatley is the Wisconsin Division One state champion in cross country and was named the Wisconsin Gatorade female cross country athlete of the year. She recorded the fastest female time among all of the divisions at the state meet. She missed qualifying to the NTN due to a bad cold, but finished 11th. She has a PR of 10:40.34 in the 3200m, a 4:59.55 in the 1600m and a lifetime best of 4:57.13 in the mile.
Natalie Herberg, a Mission Viejo, Calif. native who attends Capistrano Valley high school is a middle distance runner with a PR of 2:11.92 in the 800m and placed tenth in that event at the 2013 California State Track Meet.
Ginika Iwuchukwu of Notre Dame high school and native of Canyon Country, Calif. is a thrower who placed eighth at the California state meet and her PR in the shot put is 45-11.00.
Bethan Knights of Northwood high school in Irvine, Calif. is a distance runner who captured the Division Three California state cross country championship. She was undefeated during the season in high school competition, and suffered her only loss at the postseason NTN cross country championships in Portland, Ore. Has PR of 4:57.37 in the 1600m and 10:37.64 in the 1600m.
Taylor Saline of Orange Lutheran high school in Santa Ana, Calif. is a high jumper who placed ninth at the state meet during her junior year with a PR mark of 5-7.00.
Asia Chelsey of Stockdale high school in Bakersfield, Calif. is another high jumper that finished fourth at the California state meet with a career best mark of 5-8.00.