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Yale Welcomes 14 Talented First Year Athletes

Yale Welcomes 14 Talented First Year Athletes

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale cross country and track and field program will be adding an outstanding group of first year athletes for the 2018-19 season.

With the conclusion of the 2017-18 track and field campaign, the Bulldogs look ahead to the next season. The team will be bolstered by the addition of 14 new athletes from across the globe that boast impressive athletic accomplishments. The incoming first year athletes will add to a contingent of underclassmen who have demonstrated their ability to compete at a high level in the Ivy League. In an impressive fashion, Addison Coy won the 400 meter hurdles at the Ivy League Championship, a rare occurrence for a first year athlete. A 4x400 meter relay team composed solely of first years and sophomores also ran the second-best time ever recorded at Yale this past season.

The future of the Yale cross country and track and field program is clearly bright, especially in light of the new additions from the Class of 2022. The program will welcome seven to the sprints and jumps event groups and seven to the middle-distance and distance program. The incoming athletes enter Yale with a myriad of accolades, featuring a national record holder, many state champions, and national competition qualifiers.

The talented entering class has the potential to make an immediate impact on the program both on and off the track. On the track, their athletic accomplishments so far speak for themselves. Off the track, these athletes have many academic and extracurricular accolades. Several were also elected captains of their high school teams.

Below is a more detailed description of each athlete:

Aliya Boshnak

Amman, Jordan

The International Academy


Personal Records:

100m 11.97

200m 24.64

400m 55.38 

Before Yale: Member of the Jordanian National Team…Jordanian National Record holder in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and 400-meter run…World Junior Championship semi-finalist in the 400-meter run.


Jocelyn Chau

Toronto, Ont.

De La Salle College High School

Middle Distance/Distance


Personal Records:

800m 2:09.22

1500m 4:16.99

3000m 9:21.63

Before Yale: Represented Canada at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in the 1500-meter run, placing sixth…Represented Canada at the 2018 PanAm Cross Country Cup, placing seventh and helping Canada to a team victory for Junior Women…Nine-time OFSAA Medalist in the 800-meter run, 1500-meter run and cross country…OFSAA Junior Girls 1500-meter record holder...Qualifier for 2018 Junior World Championship in the 1500-meter run for team Canada.


Aliyah Cunningham

Sarasota, Fla.

Riverview High School

Sprints & Jumps


Personal Records:

100m 11.86

200m 25.03

Long Jump 17'6"

Before Yale: Finished sixth at the 2018 Florida State Championship in the 100-meter dash…District champion in the 100-meter dash in 2018.


Samantha Friborg

Acton, Mass.

Acton-Boxborough High School

Middle Distance


Personal Records:

600m 1:33.25

800m 2:06.13

1000m 2:49.26

1600m 4:56

Before Yale: Massachusetts indoor state champion in the 1000-meter run in 2018…Awarded Frank Mooney Massachusetts Female Indoor Athlete of the Year for 2018 season…Holds 12 school records…Holds Massachusetts Division I 1600-meter record…Earned All-American status in the 800-meter run at 2018 New Balance Indoor Nationals…Three-time qualifier for outdoor nationals in the 800-meter run…Three-time Massachusetts Division I 600m champion.


Maddie Ghazarian

Cambridge, Ont.

Preston High School



Personal Records:

1500m 4:33.37

3000m 9:34.07 

Before Yale: National cross country silver medalist…PanAm Junior cross country silver medalist for Canada…OFSAA Cross Country champion…Co-president of high school's business competition team. 


Sophie Isom


The Hockaday School


Personal Records:

200m 24.61

400m 56.64

Before Yale: Two-time SPC 400-meter Champion…School record holder for four track events…Earned 11 varsity letters between volleyball, swimming and track…Varsity captain for volleyball and swimming teams…Gold award on National Spanish Exam…Named to school's honorable Headmistress' List.


Abigail Long

Mansfield, Mass.

Bishop Feehan High School



Personal Records:

2 mile 10:49.85

5k (XC) 17:39.27 

Before Yale: Individual qualifier for Nike Cross Country Nationals and New Balance Indoor Nationals in the 2 mile…Five-time MIAA DIII state champion…Recipient of the 2017 Boston Globe Scholar-Athlete Award…Captain of cross country, indoor track and outdoor track teams.


Morgan McCormick

Wilton, Conn.

Wilton High School



Personal Records:

3200m 10:45.76

4k (XC) 13:44

5k (XC) 17:50

Before Yale: Runner-up at 2018 Connecticut State Championship in the 3200-meter run…Qualified for Foot Locker National Championship in 2017, finishing 17th overall…Finished fourth at the 2017 New England Interscholastic XC Championship. 


Libby McMahon

West Hartford, Conn.

Conard High School



Personal Records:

200m 25.33

300m 41.20

400m 56.88

Before Yale: School record holder in the 300-meter and the 400-meter runs…Third-place finisher in the 2017 Connecticut State Championship in the 400-meter run…Indoor track captain.


Emma Pindur

Bryson City, N.C.

Swain County High School

Middle Distance/Distance


Personal Records:

800m 2:19 

Before Yale: State champion in cross country, 800m, 4x400m relay and 4x800m relay…Named 2018 WNC Division I Female Athlete of the Year…Team captain for cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. 


Maya Sharp

Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Westlake High School



Personal Records:

200m 25.68

300m 40.94

400m 55.28

800m 2:14.71

Before Yale: Qualified for CIF finals…Member of Westlake High School state champion team… 2018 National Merit Finalist…Named Westlake High School Track and Cross Country Scholar-Athlete…Recipient of Westlake High School Stellar Student Award three times.


Lauren Stavig

Bothell, Wash.

Bothell High School

Sprints & Jumps


Personal Bests:

100m 12.05

200m 25.13

Long Jump 17'8.25"

Before Yale: Earned Washington all-state selection with an eighth-place finish in the 100-meter dash in 2017…District champion in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash in 2017…Qualified for and competed in the 100m, 200m, long jump and 4x100m relay at the state championship meet.


Ava Thomas


Gilmour Academy



Personal Records:

200m 25.20

Before Yale: Earned Ohio all-state selection as a member of her high school's 4x100m and 4x400m relays…Finished seventh in the 100-meter dash and eighth in the 200-meter dash at the 2018 Ohio State Championship…Award-winning participant in the entrepreneurial competition "Accelerate 2017: Make Change" for her invention to help those struggling with memory loss.


Kosana Weir


Godolphin and Latymer School

Middle Distance/Distance


Personal Records:

800m 2:13.30

1500m 4:33.67

3000m 9:59.13

2000m Steeplechase 7:05.48

Before Yale: Winner of Middlesex County Cross Country Championship in 2017…Five-time English Schools Cross Country qualifier…Third-place finish in the 2016 English Schools 1500-meter steeplechase…Winner of 2014 English Schools Cross Country Championship…2018 European Club Championship qualifier…IB diploma recipient…School magazine editor…Captain of school's cross country and track and field teams.

Report by Yale Sports Publicity.