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Seago Inks 17 Impact Athletes In 2013-14 Signing Class

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          Release: 06/05/2013
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CHARLESTON, S.C. – The College of Charleston cross country and track and field team has announced its 2013-14 signing class as announced by head coach Amy Seago on Wednesday.

The CofC women will be joined by Mary Kate Brelsford (Ocean City, N.J.), Cara Butcher (North Massapequa, N.Y.), Carlee Cassidy (Lindsay, Ontario, Canada), Elizabeth Catoe (Lancaster, S.C.), Alex Coyle (Corunna, Ontario, Canada), Julisa Tindall (Rock Hill, S.C.), Aisha Maddox (Columbia, S.C.), Alex Moseley (Rock Hill, S.C.), Lindsey Peterson (Augusta, Ga.), Julia Petruch (Colts Neck, N.J.), Alexis Wilkins (Spartanburg, S.C.) and Casey Witkowski (Bluffton, S.C.).

On the men’s side, the Cougars have added distance runners Sean McMahon (Hilton Head Island, S.C.), Austin Poisson (Myrtle Beach, S.C.), Nick Putnam (Columbia, S.C.), Christian Ruppe (Fort Mill, S.C.) and Josh Tierney (Bluffton, S.C.).

“We are bringing in a good-sized freshman class that is full of impact athletes,” Seago said. “I believe we have assembled a great group of young men and women who will add an important component to our team’s chemistry. Overall, this signing class carries a competitive spark that will help us to forge our path ahead into the CAA.”


(in alphabetical order by last name)


Ocean City High School

Ocean City, N.J.

Intended Major: Business

GPA: 3.88

Class Rank: 34/286

Personal Bests: 

1,600 Meter Run – 5:15.70

3,000 Meter Run – 10:22.17

5,000 Meter Run – 18:59.00

“Mary Kate is a great fit for the College of Charleston. She encompasses the qualities of what it means to be a student-athlete and she has an infectious positive attitude that will undoubtedly advance the mission of our distance squad. She is peaking at the right time in her high school career and has a bright future of running ahead of her.” – CofC Head Coach Amy Seago


Plainedge High School

North Massapequa, N.Y.

Personal Bests:

1,500 Meter Run – 4:57.37

3,000 Meter Run – 10:37.60

5,000 Meter Run – 20:35.80

“Cara is familiar with the College as her sister is a student here. She will adapt seamlessly to our family atmosphere and will add depth to our steeple crew. I also look forward to her continued development on the cross country course.” – CofC Head Coach Amy Seago


St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School

Lindsay, Ontario, Canada

Intended Major: Physical Education

Personal Bests:

1,500m Steeplechase – 4:59.26

3,000 Meter Run – 10:23.13

5,000 Meter Run – 18:33.2

“Carlee is one of the best steeplechasers in the providence of Ontario. Her matter-of-fact approach will help to build on our tradition of excellence in that event. I believe she will benefit greatly from the year-round training environment Charleston has to offer. She possesses great ability and I look forward to working with her closely to develop her potential.” – CofC Head Coach Amy Seago


Lancaster High School

Lancaster, S.C.

Intended Major: Physical Therapy

Other Notes: Transfer from Spartanburg Methodist College and lettered in swimming in high school

Personal Bests:

5,000 Meter Run – 20:00.93

“What a great addition Elizabeth will be to our program. As a transfer from Spartanburg Methodist, she brings invaluable experience. Elizabeth has made a lot of headway under Coach (Mike) Foley and I look forward to aiding in her future growth and success in the sport.” – CofC Head Coach Amy Seago


Sarnia Collegiate Institute & Technical School

Corunna, Ontario, Canada

Intended Major: Exercise Science

Other Notes: Currently ranked No. 7 in the country in the discus and No. 10 in the hammer throw. Three-Time Female Track & Field Athlete of the Year (2010, 2011 and 2012), Two-Time LSSAA Discus Champion (2011 and 2012) and Two-Time SWOSSAA Discus Champion (2011 and 2012). Placed sixth at the Canadian Youth Championship in the discus and a bronze medalist at the Ontario Youth Outdoor Championships in the discus in 2012. Named Sarnia Collegiate High School Female Freshman Overall Athlete of the Year. Three-Time Academic Honor Roll student.

Personal Bests:

Discus – 40.59m (133’2”)

Hammer Throw – 40.21m (131’11”)

Javelin – 31.59m (103’7”)

Shot Put – 10.79m (35’4”)

Weight Throw – 11.56m (37’11”)

“Coach (Ben) Yocum and I are excited about Alex’s decision to become a Cougar. We both have a great feeling about this young lady and see her making a positive impact on the future of our team. She has a ‘no-nonsense’ attitude and a work ethic to match it. Additionally, her exposure to the hammer and weight throw events give her a leg up as she enters into her collegiate career.” – CofC Head Coach Amy Seago


Northwestern High School

Rock Hill, S.C.

Intended Major: Psychology

GPA: 3.846

Class Rank: 12/351

Other Notes: A native New Yorker who has resided in Rock Hill, S.C., since 2004. She is the daughter of Julian and Jacqueline Tindall and is the youngest of four siblings, Tailynn, Cari and Hillary. Finished her high school track & field career as a three-time South Carolina State High Jump champion. Placed first in the high jump, second in the triple jump and fourth in the long jump at the state meet in 2013. Two-Time HSSR SCHSL All-State Girls Track Team Award recipient in 2011and 2012. Member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club and National Honor Society of High School Scholars. Also an active member of the Rock Hill Youth Council.

Personal Bests:

High Jump – 5’10”

Triple Jump – 39’9.75”

Long Jump – 17’10”

“Julisa Tindall is a rare talent and we couldn’t be happier to add her to our family. She has certainly created a name for herself in the state of South Carolina and I can assure you she is the real deal. On top of her athletics success, she is also a superb student. She comes from a great family and Coach (Lauren) Stewart and I look forward to a wonderful working relationship with Julisa in the years ahead.” – CofC Head Coach Amy Seago


Irmo High School

Columbia, S.C.

Intended Major: Athletic Training

GPA: 3.60

Other Notes: Transfer from Spartanburg Methodist College where she was a two-time All-American in the half-marathon event. Two-Time Academic All-American and served as team co-captain.

Personal Bests:

5,000 Meter Run – 19:48.2

Half Marathon – 1:31.52

“We are blessed to have Aisha at the College of Charleston. She is a proven leader who lets no obstacles slow her down. Her work ethic, determination and past success are just a few of the qualities Aisha will bring with her to Charleston.” – CofC Head Coach Amy Seago


Hilton Head High School

Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Intended Major: Exercise Science

GPA: 3.56

Class Rank: 88/222

Personal Bests:

1,600 Meter Run – 4:43

3,200 Meter Run – 9:48

5,000 Meter Run – 16:00

“Sean joins two other Hilton Head teammates who are already members of our program in Mackenzie Johnston and Alex Couch. He comes from a strong high school team and he knows what it takes to be successful. We believe this combination of background and familiarity will help him transition well to Charleston Athletics.” – CofC Head Coach Amy Seago


Rock Hill High School

Rock Hill, S.C.

Other Notes: Named all-state in track and field and all-state in cross country in 2011.

Personal Bests:

1,600 Meter Run – 5:31.90

3,200 Meter Run – 11:43.36

5,000 Meter Run – 19:08

“Alex is a go-getter who is determined to do what it takes to be successful at the collegiate level. What else can a coach ask for? I look forward to Alex making great strides in our program.” – CofC Head Coach Amy Seago


Cross Creek High School

Augusta, Ga.

Personal Bests:

400 Meters – 58.39

“Lindsey knows what she wants and is willing to do the work to achieve her potential. The coaching staff and I believe this young lady has a bright future ahead of her and we can’t wait to see what she can do in a Cougar uniform.” – CofC Head Coach Amy Seago

JULIA PETRUCH                                               

Colts Neck High School

Colts Neck, N.J. 

Intended Major: Business and Marketing

GPA: 3.4/4.0                       

Personal Bests:

100 Meter Hurdles – 14.8

Long Jump – 17’3”

High Jump – 5’3”

Triple Jump – 37’10”

Pentathlon – 3,234 points

“Julia is a great student, a well-rounded athlete and a young person with her priorities in order. She has posted some impressive marks in high school and we look forward to her continuing to bloom in the college-level environment. She left a positive impression on her teammates during her recruiting trip and we believe that’s just a foreshadowing of the impression she will leave on our program in years to come.” – CofC Head Coach Amy Seago


Socastee High School

Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Personal Bests:

1,600 Meter Run – 4:40

3,200 Meter Run – 10:11

5,000 Meter Run – 16:46.47

“Austin has done well off of low mileage. With Coach (Jason) Bryan’s expertise and Austin’s willingness to put in the work, as well as some great leaders showing him the way, I have no doubt Austin will make an impact sooner rather than later.” – CofC Head Coach Amy Seago


Dreher High School

Columbia, S.C.

Intended Major: Business

GPA: 3.27/4.0

Class Rank: 36/215

Personal Bests:

1,600 Meter Run – 4:22.98

3,200 Meter Run – 9:55

5,000 Meter Run – 15:50

“Nick is a big name in the state of South Carolina and is a charismatic young man who will do what it takes to translate his high school success to the next level. Nick’s high school career was cut short due to injury, but you better believe that his unfortunate circumstance is just adding fuel to the fire of his achievements to come.” – CofC Head Coach Amy Seago

CHRISTIAN RUPPE                                          

Fort Mill HS

Fort Mill, S.C.  

Intended Major: Business

GPA: 3.8/4.0

Class Rank: 29/347

Personal Bests: 

1,600 Meter Run – 4:28

3,200 Meter Run – 9:49

5,000 Meter Run – 16:10

“Christian possesses athletic talent that will carry him far. But, perhaps his greatest talent is his attitude.  He has made a commitment to get better every day. He has set high goals of improvement for himself as well as for the team and is invested in the building process of both.” – CofC Head Coach Amy Seago


Bluffton HS

Bluffton, S.C.

Personal Bests:

3,200 Meter Run – 10:09.33

5,000 Meter Run – 16:57.70

“We are pleased to add another Bluffton athlete to our roster. We just graduated Manning Miller who was a former Bluffton athlete under Coach (Dana) House – who has done a great job of leaving athletes with potential to improve over the long term. Josh is going to surprise a lot of folks with what he is able to achieve at the next level.” – CofC Head Coach Amy Seago


Broome High School

Spartanburg, S.C.

Personal Bests:

Discus – 110’2”

“We are pleased to have Alexis join us. Her ‘get-it-done’ attitude makes her just the right person to add depth to our throws’ squad.” – CofC Head Coach Amy Seago


Bluffton High School

Bluffton, S.C.

Personal Bests:

5,000 Meter Run – 20:22

“Casey is a great student who will make a positive impact on the Charleston community. She knows that she, as a runner, is only beginning to scratch the surface of her abilities. I love coaching athletes with her quiet confidence.” – CofC Head Coach Amy Seago

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