@AU_TrackXC Adds Top-Ranked Talent to Class of 2023

Head Coach Sean Graham

WASHINGTON – The American University cross country and track program continues to add national-caliber talent to its 2019-20 incoming class with the signing of Malcolm Going (Danbury, Conn.) and Lauren Wagner (Califon, N.J.), head coach Sean Graham announced on Wednesday.

"In the fall I said of our early signing class that we have taken a phenomenal first step in our relentless pursuit to build a high-performance middle distance and distance program at American," said Graham, who will enter his third year at the helm of the AU cross country/track program in 2019. "With the addition of Malcolm [Going] and Lauren [Wagner], two of the best athletes in the nation at their respective events, we have now taken an even larger second step toward creating the level of team for which we are striving.

"Needless to say, these two will make immediate and impressive impacts on our teams' success and we are thrilled to add them to the class of high-quality signees for 2019. I am confident in saying now we have signed the strongest class of men and women in AU history. We all look forward to seeing how they fit as the cornerstone of our 'Tradition Under Construction' mentality this year, and with the future classes to come."

Malcolm Going brings with him one of the most impressive high school resumes in AU history after his breakthrough senior campaign at Danbury High School. One of the top middle distance runners in the country, he hit the second-fastest 800-meter time in the nation during the indoor season with a 1:50.85 personal record (PR) en route to a New England record in the event. This was not the first appearance for Going in the top tier of the national rankings after he came through with a No. 5 ranking in the 600m in 2018 (1:20.38).

Included among the highlights of his career thus far is a 2018 national championship title in the sprint medley relay and an All-American finish at New Balance Nationals in 2019 after improving on his eighth-place finish in 2018 to a third-place crossing in the 800m.

A seven-time New England Track & Field champion and five-time Connecticut State champion, Going also helped lead Danbury HS to three state titles throughout this career. He closed his time with the Hatters with four school records and qualifications into the 2019 Brooks PR (6th - 800m) and USATF U20 Championships (800m).

The women will also welcome one of the top mid-distance performers in the country with Lauren Wagner. The Califon, N.J., native was ranked among the top ten in New Jersey in 2019 for her efforts in the indoor 1500m (7th - 4:49.27), indoor mile (9th - 5:11.20), and outdoor 1600m (6th - 4:54.80) runs. She also holds a PR of 2:15.16 in the outdoor 800m. 

A two-time state champion in the indoor and outdoor 1600m run (2018, 2019), she helped lead her team to two state titles in cross country after finishing fourth in 2017 and sixth in 2016. She repeated her fourth-place finish in 2018 to go all four years as a first team all-state finisher on the cross country course.

This pair rounds out the thrilling 2019 signing class for the Eagles as they will welcome six men and 10 women from seven states to the program for the 2019-20 seasons. 

For the latest on American University Cross Country and Track, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_TrackXC.

NAME
HOMETOWN
HIGH SCHOOL
MEN
Malcolm Going Danbury, Conn. Danbury
Jackson McCarthy Cranbury, N.J. Princeton HS
Nathan Reeves Liverpool, N.Y. Liverpool
Thomas Scartz Maitland, Fla. Winter Park
Russell Sullivan Pleasanton, Calif. Foothill
Tucker Zullo Cranbury, N.J. Princeton HS
WOMEN
Catie Anderson Freehold, N.J. Colts Neck
Emily Dirkes Linwood, N.J. Mainland Regional
Eva Gibson Colts Neck, N.J. Colts Neck
Nia Holden Sicklerville, N.J. Highland Regional
Ana Keene Needham, Mass. Needham
Sarah Maple Dunstable, Mass. Groton-Dunstable Regional
Kelsey Miskimins Cape Coral, Fla. Cape Coral 
Amanda Muniz Los Alamitos, Calif. Los Alamitos
Emily Neuner Liverpool, N.Y. Liverpool
Rachael Potter Glen Allen, Va. Glen Allen
Lauren Wagner Califon, N.J. Voorhees

 


2018-19 #AUTF SIGNING CLASS - MEN

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MALCOLM GOING
Danbury, Conn. (Danbury HS)
Personal Bests:
49.50 (400m), 1:20.38 (600m), 1:50.85 (800m), 4:19.28 (Mile), 16:13.10 (5k XC)

  • Ranked No. 2 in the U.S. for the indoor 800m in 2019 (1:50.85)
  • 2018 National Champion for the indoor spring medley
  • 2019 New Balance All-American for the indoor 800m (3rd)
  • 2019 Brooks PR qualifier in the 800m (6th)
  • 2019 USATF U20 qualifier
  • New England record holder for the indoor 800m (1:50.85)
  • Ranked No. 5 in the U.S. for the indoor 600m in 2018 (1:20.38)
  • Eighth at the 2018 New Balance Indoor Nationals (800m)
  • Seven-time New England Champion for track
  • Five-time Connecticut State individual and relay champion
  • Three-time Connecticut team champion
  • Multiple-time Fairfield County team and individual champion

Why he chose American: I chose American University because this college will allow me to succeed both academically and athletically. When I toured the campus, met the coaching staff, and spoke with the head of the psychology program, I knew American was the school for me. Making Washington, D.C., my home for the next four years is a dream come true."

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JACKSON MCCARTHY
Cranbury, N.J. (Princeton HS)
Personal Bests: 1:53.15 (800m), 4:18.03 (Mile), 16:14 (5k XC)

  • 2018 New Balance Outdoor All-American in the 4xMile Relay
  • New Jersey Group 4 State Champion in the 4x800m Relay

Why he chose American: "I chose American University because of the opportunity it provides to challenge me both athletically and academically. From my first contact with Coach Graham I knew that AU was going to the place that brought me to the next level. I hope to advance myself in the world of political science as well as on the track, and this is the place to do that. I want to contribute to what's being built here and I am excited to look back in a few years and say that I was a part of this great and successful program." 

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NATHAN REEVES
Liverpool, N.Y. (Liverpool HS)
Personal Bests: 1:56.87 (800m), 2:40.7 (1000m), 4:17.25 (1600m), 9:18.06 (3200m), 16:25.00 (5k XC)

  • Helped lead his team to a 3rd-place at the 2018 Nike Cross Country New York Regional Championship with a Second Team All-Region finish (13th)
  • Two-time All-CNY in cross country (2017, 2018)
  • 2018 All-CNY for outdoor track
  • 2018 All-CNY for indoor track

Why he chose American: "I chose AU because of the opportunities it provides both academically and athletically." 

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THOMAS SCARTZ
Maitland, Fla. (Winter Park HS)
Personal Bests
: 6:33 (2k steeplechase), 9:39 (3200m)

  • Two-time district champion in track (2018, 2019)
  • 2019 state championships qualifier in track
  • 2018 state championships qualifier in cross country

Why he chose American: "I chose AU because it offered me the most potential athletically and academically."

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RUSSELL SULLIVAN
Pleasanton, Calif. (Foothill HS)
Personal Bests: 4:17.11 (1600m), 9:12.64 (3200m), 15:25.20 (5k XC)

  • 2018 CIF Cross Country State Championship (8th)
  • 2018 First Team All-EBAL (cross country)
  • 2018 First Team All-NCS (cross country)
  • 2017 Second Team All-EBAL (cross country)
  • 2018 3200m Champion at the Sacramento Meet of Champions

Why he chose American: "I chose AU because of its location in D.C. and the excellent academic opportunities it provides." 

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TUCKER ZULLO
Cranbury, N.J. (Princeton HS)
Personal Bests: 1:57.40 (800m), 4:17.50 (1600m), 9:34.68 (3200m), 16:12 (5k XC)

  • 2018 New Balance Outdoor All-American in the 4xMile Relay
  • 2018 Meet of Champions in the 4x800m (3rd)
  • 2018 All-County (cross country)
  • Helped lead the team to a 1st-place finish at the 2016 Meet of Champions (cross country)
  • Track team placed 1st at the County, Sectional and Group 4 State Championships

Why he chose American: "I chose AU for the opportunity to run for a competitive program with a strong academic reputation."


2018-19 #AUTF SIGNING CLASS - WOMEN

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CATIE ANDERSON
Freehold, N.J. (Colts Neck HS)
Personal Bests:
5:15.71 (1600m), 11:38.25 (3200m), 19:28.0 (5k XC)

  • Helped lead her team to two state championship titles in track (2017, 2018)
  • 2018 third team all-state (cross country)
  • Eighth at the 2018 national championship meet (4xmile)
  • 2018 state champion (4x800m)
  • Third at 2017 indoor track state championship (3200m)

Why she chose American: "I chose AU for its energy, amazing opportunities, and diversity." 

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EMILY DIRKES
Linwood, N.J. (Mainland Regional HS)
Personal Bests:
2:25 (800m), 5:20 (1600m), 11:20 (3200m), 7:52.50 (2k Steeplechase), 18:25 (5k XC)

  • Two-time NJSIAA State Championship qualifier in cross country (2015, 2016)
  • Led her team to the 2016 NJSIAA Sectional title in cross country, finishing fourth overall
  • Three-time First Team All-Cape Atlantic League (2015, 2016, 2017)
  • 2016 All-South Jersey in cross country
  • Two-time Mustang Award recipient for team leadership
  • Mainland Regional record holder in the 2k steeplechase (7:52.50)

Why she chose American: "I chose AU firstly because I fell in love with the area – the suburb crossed with the city vibe was really appealing to me. Secondly was the major. AU was the best choice for my major, education, and for pursuing my dream career. Lastly, the athletic program was of such high-caliber that picking American was an easy choice."

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EVA GIBSON
Colts Neck, N.J. (Colts Neck HS)
Personal Bests:
2:22 (800m), 5:09 (1600m), 18:43 (5k XC)

  • Helped lead the team to three NJSIAA Group 3 state titles (cross country)
  • 2018 NJSIAA state champion in the 4x800m

Why she chose American: "I chose AU because of the incredible coaching staff, team members, and of course the location. D.C. is an incredible place to be, especially for college – all of the job and internship opportunities are amazing! I look forward to getting a great education and continuing my athletic success while at AU."

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NIA HOLDEN
Sicklerville, N.J. (Highland Regional HS)
Personal Bests: 58.5 (400m), 2:14.96 (800m), 5:17.22 (1600m), 20:25.67 (5k XC)

  • Top-ten ranked 800m time in New Jersey (2018)
  • 2018 Sectional Champion (1600m)
  • Four-time First Team All-Conference in the 5k (2018), 800m (2018), 4x800m (2018) and 4x400m (2016)
  • Six-time Junior Olympic qualifier in the 400m (2017, 2018), 800m (2015, 2017, 2018) and 4x400m (2013)
  • Highland Regional HS record holder for the 800m

Why she chose American: "I chose AU because I knew it would be a college where I could excel academically and athletically. I loved the campus and location, and the coaches and team were very welcoming on my visit." 

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ANA KEENE
Needham, Mass. (Needham HS)
Personal Bests:
5:15.20 (Mile), 11:32 (3200m), 18:50 (5k XC)

  • Three-time Bay State All-Star (2016, 2017, 2018)

Why she chose American: "I chose AU because of all the opportunities that are in D.C., and everything that the school has to offer for my academic and athletic success." 

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SARAH MAPLE
Dunstable, Mass. (Groton-Dunstable Regional HS)
Personal Bests: 5:12 (mile), 19:06 (5k XC)

  • 2018 league champion (mile)
  • Three-time All-District
  • 2018 All-State
  • Four-time Groton-Dunstable school record holder

Why she chose American: "The awesome coaches, location, internship opportunities, and AU's strong political science program."

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KELSEY MISKIMINS
Cape Coral, Fla. (Cape Coral HS)
Personal Bests: 2:26 (800m), 5:26 (1600m), 19:53 (5k XC)

  • Helped lead her team to its first FHSAA State Cross Country Championships in 2017
  • Helped lead her team to the 2018 FHSAA State Cross Country Championships
  • Third at the FHSAA State Track Championship (800m relay)
  • Anchored the two-time State Track Championship-qualifying 4x800m relay (2018, 2019)
  • Two-time First Team All-Area Cross Country for Lee County (2017, 2018)
  • Two-time All-County Cross Country (2017, 2018)
  • Also played soccer throughout high school

Why she chose American: "I chose AU because the university offers the academic rigor that I have found throughout my academic career to push me as a student, and the cross country/track program offers a close-knit dynamic with specific goals and growth plans for the future that I believe will encourage me to develop as a runner and as a person. AU combined all of the things that I was looking for in a university, including great academics and athletics, and places me back into the cultural hub of one of my favorite cities."

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AMANDA MUNIZ
Los Alamitos, Calif. (Los Alamitos HS)
Personal Bests: 5:25.71 (1600m), 17:59.70 (3-mile XC)

  • Helped her team to four consecutive league championships in track and field (2016-19)
  • Led team to two CIF Southern Section titles (2017, 2018)
  • Qualified for Arcadia in the 4x800m and DMR (2018, 2019)

Why she chose AU: "I chose American University because the beautiful campus, prime location, and the inclusive environment was a perfect fit for me. The recruitment process truly opened my eyes to see the generosity of the coaches and staff at AU."

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EMILY NEUNER
Liverpool, N.Y. (Liverpool HS)
Personal Bests: 5:02 (1500m), 10:34 (3000m), 7:36 (2k steeplechase), 19:04 (5k XC)

  • NY Section III Sectionals champion for outdoor track
  • Helped lead her team to the 2017 league championship for cross country
  • Team was 15th at the 2017 NXN
  • Team was three-time indoor league champions
  • Also competed in soccer and crew in high school

Why she chose AU: "I chose AU because of the location in Washington, D.C., the community vibe, the appeal of living-learning opportunities through the honors program, and the School of International Service."

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RACHAEL POTTER
Glen Allen, Va. (Glen Allen HS)
Personal Bests: 5:16.81 (1600m), 11:28.94 (3200m), 19:23.10 (5k XC)

  • 15th at the 2018 VHSL State Cross Country Championships
  • Fifth at the 2019 VHSL State Indoor Track Championships (3200m)
  • 23rd at the 2017 VHSL State Cross Country Championships
  • Eighth at the 2017 VHSL State Outdoor Track Championships (3200m)
  • Seventh at the 2017 VHSL State Indoor Track Championships (3200m)
  • Eight-time VHSL State Indoor and Outdoor Championships qualifier (1600m, 3200m)
  • Three-time VHSL State Cross Country Championships qualifier (2015, 2017, 2018)

Why she chose AU: "The location and proximity to a city was a huge factor for me as someone who grew up near a city. The fact that my major - education - has a specialized school also drew me in. I loved the coaches and team, and wanted to be a part of their forward-focused goals, and the exciting future that is in store for the program."

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LAUREN WAGNER
Califon, N.J. (Voorhees HS)
Personal Bests: 2:15.16 (800m), 4:54.80 (1600m), 10:54.93 (3200m), 18:23.45 (5k XC)

  • 2018 Wendy's High School Heisman Award for N. Hunterdon-VHA 
  • 2019 State Champion in the outdoor 1600m
  • 2018 State Champion in the indoor 1600m
  • 2017 State Champion in cross country
  • 2016 First Team All-State in cross country
  • Three-time Class Meet Champion in cross country (2015, 2016, 2018)
  • Two-time Tri-County Champion in the 1600m (2017, 2019)
  • Two-time State Sectional Champion in cross country (2016, 2017)
  • Three-time First Team All-Conference for track (2016, 2017, 2019)
  • Four-time First Team All-Conference in cross country (2015-18) 
  • Helped lead her team to two NJSIAA Sectional Championship titles and two Group titles (2016, 2017)

Why she chose AU: "I chose AU because of the people that I will be surrounded by. As soon as I stepped on campus, I knew this was the school for me. It is an honor to be part of something bigger."