-- Coach Matt Rogers has the announced the addition of six runners to the Creighton Men's Cross Country program. Joining the Bluejays as freshmen beginning this fall will be Ty Medd, Nicholas Webber, Chris Fortin, Jake Landreth, Jacob Ohnstad and David Rice.
"We have really created a much deeper men's team this year," said Rogers. "Much of the incoming class has met one another and are already establishing relationships that will likely last a lifetime. Just like our women's incoming class, this group is the fastest incoming class in program history. Our plan to be patient in their development as student-athletes will allow them to be great contributors in the team's future."
Ty Medd hails from Rocklin, Calif., where he attended Rocklin High School. He finished fourth in the San Joaquin Sectional meet in the 1,600 with a time of 4:21 and owns a best time of 16:04 in the 5K. He is also the Valedictorian of his high school class.
Jake Landreth joins the program from Upland, Calif., where he attended Ontario Christian High School. He finished 20th at the CIF State Championship as a senior and was a two-time league champion and League Runner of the Year. Landreth was also student body President as a senior and a member of National Honor Society.
Nicholas Weber hails from Vernon Hills, Ill., where he attended Vernon Hills High School and helped his team to a third-place finish at the state cross country meet. He earned the German Award for Excellence, was an All-Academic Student in the North Suburban Conference, and qualified for state in the 3,200 meter run in both 2013 and 2014, finishing fifth as a senior.
Another Illinois native, Chris Fortin, also joins the program. Fortin is an East Peoria native who attended Peoria Notre Dame High School. He was a two-time team MVP and four-time all-conference selection. Both his parents ran for Bradley University.
Jacob Ohnstad hails from Cushing, Wis., and attends Grantsburg High School. He ranks third in his high school class with a 3.98 GPA and is a member of National Honor Society. He recently earned the Principal Recognition Award for outstanding leadership, as well as the WIAA Scholar Athlete Award. He qualified for the state cross country meet all four years as a prep, finishing eighth in his division as a senior. He also made the state track meet in the 1600m. Ohnstad's older brother, David, plays basketball at St. Scholastica.
Last but not least, David Rice arrives after a standout career at Johnston High School in the Des Moines suburb of Johnston, Iowa. He helped his team to a state runner-up finish at the cross country meet as a senior, where he placed 13th with a 5K time of 15:51. Also a National Honor Society member, Rice won a pair of academic letters as well.
"These six will be joining 11 returners," noted Rogers. "The upperclassmen have grown so closely in the past year and prepared to help mentor the incoming freshmen academically, time management or in any other way needed. This is a great group and I can't help but picture upcoming training sessions together."
Creighton finished in seventh place last fall at its first BIG EAST Championship, its best placing at a conference meet since a fourth-place showing at the 2007 Missouri Valley Conference Championships.
Matt Rogers Quotes on Incoming Student-Athletes:
"Ty is a great guy, who truly embraces the team aspect of the sport. Ty has been open-minded since the beginning, which I think is paramount in performing on a high level in college. He has competed on a very high level in the masses of California. I believe it will translate well to the Division I scene. We look forward to his physical and teammate abilities every day in training, and to his leadership in the future."
"David comes from a large high school team and sees the benefit in a solid group of men working together for the same goal. His demeanor can really set the precedent for diligent and hard work. David seems to have taken the time to step outside himself in order to critique himself as a person and an athlete. He is certainly a strong athlete who has shown cross country is a great platform for his future success in the sport."
"Nick was an unofficial visit who caught my attention with his calm presence. Nick has also shown his strength as a runner from 3200m up to cross country as a multiple state qualifier. He seems to enjoy the sport and competition as a whole and has the ability to be a major contributor to team. I look forward to learning more about Nick in order to help him grow."
"We are so glad Jacob chose to attend and compete for Creighton. Jacob has been used to being at the front of many races through his high school career and seems to be a competitor. His excitement to simply grow is very present. I believe he will excel and also grow as a person in this great group of guys."
"I know Jake comes from a small school and division for both cross country and track. He has won a good number of races in his high school career and is ready to be put on a larger scale. His communication skills are outstanding and show his coachability. I look forward to helping him achieve his goals."
"I believe Chris has a great amount of ability. Getting in with this group of hardworking guys, will only allow his abilities to materialize. He has been incredibly communicative with the team and myself since we first met. I look forward to him keeping that up."