The Canisius College women’s cross country and track teams have added six runners for the 2014-15 campaign, head coach Nate Huckle announced on Wednesday.
Jade Auchmoody, Livia Chase, Amanda Paratore, Carlin Sullivan, Haylie Virginia and Rachael Weissenburg have all signed National Letters of Intent to join Canisius for the upcoming season.
“This is definitely my strongest recruiting class that I’ve had at Canisius,” Huckle said. “We’ve got some great front runners and a lot of depth. Bringing in six girls should really add to our depth overall and double our talent level from last year.”
Auchmoody, a Cortland, N.Y. native, joins the Griffs after running for four years at Homer. A three-time All CNY All-Star and two-time team MVP in cross country, Auchmoody qualified for the New York State Championships three times.
Auchmoody also qualified for the state championships at 600-meters during indoor track as a junior.
“Jade comes from a very small school and is very untapped potential,” Huckle said. “She’s got great foot speed and has run well in the middle distance – running strong 600 and 800s and a strong steeplechaser as well. I think when she comes in and trains with people of her ability level, she’s really going to take off.”
Chase joins Canisius from Starpoint high school, who competed on the Spartans cross country team for five seasons and ran six seasons of track.
Chase was a Fourth Team All-State selection in 2011 and 2012, was a First Team All-League selection from 2010-13 and was the Checkers A.C. All-Western New York Runner of the Year in 2011.
Chase was the runner-up in the 3000-meter run in track as a sophomore and qualified for the Section VI Championships in all-six seasons.
“Livia was a real steal for us,” Huckle said. “She’s really a Division I talent that has missed time in the last two years due to injury, but she posted some really fast times as a younger runner. So if we can get her back up to speed, she’s someone who can really help us out in the future.”
Paratore is a Webster, N.Y. native who competed for four seasons at Webster Schroder in both cross country and track.
Paratore was named a team MVP in both 2011 and 2013 for cross country and finished in the top-eight of the Section V meet in each of her first three seasons, including two trips to the state championships.
Paratore missed the conclusion of her senior cross country season with a stress fracture.
She also finished in the top-four of the state qualifying meet in track in the 3000-meter run.
“Amanda is another runner who has had some injuries, but she is incredibly talented,” Huckle said. “She made it to states as a sophomore in high school and is a real talent. I think she’s got the right foot speed, the right endurance and the right mindset and she could be a real good front runner for us in a couple years once she develops.”
Sullivan hails from West Falls, N.Y., where she competed for East Aurora in cross country and track during her senior season after participating on the soccer team as a sophomore and junior.
In her first season running cross country, she was selected as an ECIC First Team All-Star.
“Carlin is probably the rawest runner we have, having run only one season of cross country and one season of track, but she’s shown a lot of potential,” Huckle said. “She was a goalie for soccer before this, but she’s run in a great program at East Aurora, so she’s going to have some great experience coming out. She’s already dropped her PR significantly. I think she’s someone that other coaches are going to wish that they had contacted because I wouldn’t be surprised to see her in our top-five next year, even though she doesn’t have the credentials of some of our other runners.”
Virginia joins the Griffs from Phoenix, N.Y. where she was an all-state selection for both cross country and track.
Virginia comes to Canisius having most of her success on the track, taking third in the pentathlon at the New York State Championships as a junior. She owns four school records and is a six-time Section III Champion.
She was also an All-State Honorable Mention in cross country as a senior
“Haylie is someone who I think has a lot of upside,” Huckle said. “She comes from a very small school and she’s only run cross country for a couple years, so she doesn’t have a lot of experience in it. She did very well at the state championships this year, she’s a very competitive runner with a lot of fire in her, so I think that’s going to help her develop at the collegiate level.”
Weisenberg is another local product to join Canisius, after competing in cross country and track for four seasons at Sweet Home.
Weisenberg was selected as a First Team ECIC All-Star in 2013 and was named a Second Team ECIC All-Star as a junior. A two-time team captain, Weisenberg was selected as the Section VI Runner of the Week during her senior season and was the Section VI Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 2010.
“Rachael is a very well developed runner from Sweet Home,” Huckle said. “I think with her, she’s going to be someone who will fill in nicely in 5ks for us, but she’ll probably help us more in track. She’s a very solid 800 runner and she’ll help out with our middle distance events.”
The women’s team, which ran to a sixth place finish at the 2013 MAAC Cross Country Championship, returns 14 student-athletes to join the incoming class for next season.