Penn State track and field: Nittany Lions finalize class

July 14, 2014 

— Three State College products make up part of the summer commitments to Penn State’s recruiting class.

The trio of local athletes set to join the Nittany Lions are middle-distance runner Mason Post, long and triple jumper Bryce Williams and distance runner Hannah Catalano. Each of them competed for the Little Lions at the PIAA Championships in May, with Williams finishing third in the triple jump and Post helping the 4x800 relay team to a state title and break the school record.

Also set for Penn State’s men’s team are Cody Amengual, a steeplechase runner from West Babylon, N.Y., and a transfer from Division III Cortland State, N.Y.; Justin Berg, a thrower from Phoenixville and a transfer from Temple; Tyler Hope, a javelin thrower from Tamaqua; Jordan Makins, a middle-distance runner from Perth, Australia; Malik Mofferr, a sprinter and high-jumper from Erie and a transfer from Penn State’s Behrend Campus; Matt Nawrocki, a javelin thrower from Moscow, Pa.; Luke Pease, a multi-event competitor from Haddonfield, N.J.; Robert Rhodes, a middle-distance runner from New York and a transfer from Commecticut; Lindell Robinson-Swenson, a sprinter from Philadelphia; Joseph Segreto, a thrower from Oakdale, N.Y.; Xavier Smith, a sprinter from Douglasville; and David Stellato, a sprinter from Ambler.

Joining the women’s team are distance runner Lisa Bennatan, of Lake Forest, Ill.; Typhanee Booker, a sprinter from Cibolo, Texas; Rachael DeCecco, a hurdler from Cumberland Valley; Megan Hellman, a distance runner from Rumson, N.J.; Obeng Marfo, a Canadian Youth champion thrower from Ontario who also threw at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Kiev, Ukraine; Elyse Skerpon, a hurdler from Sayre; Annjulie Vester, a thrower from Homburg, Germany, and a transfer from Virginia Tech; and Cheyenne Winkle, a javelin thrower from Hookstown.

The group joins 13 student-athletes previously announced by Penn State in February, including State College’s Will Cather.

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