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Men's Cross Country/Track and Field Sign Six for 2018-19

UNCGSpartans.com 11-21-2017

GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG cross country and track head coach Chad Pearson announced on Tuesday the 2018 men’s recruiting class of Colin Alexander, Dylan Christopher, Dalton Miles, Jevon Neal and twins Joe and Nicholas Thoma. The six runners will join the programs for the 2018-19 academic year.

“This summer and fall has been a very busy but exciting recruiting period for our men’s program, and we are pleased to welcome these six young men to our university and UNCG Cross Country/Track Program,” said Pearson. “It has been a team effort in getting these young men to Greensboro, and at the end of the day we are a more improved, more competitive and overall a better squad with them joining us next fall.  We are excited to get them to campus next fall and work in improving as a young team.  Moving forward, we hope to only continue to add to this recruiting class and are excited to see what other young men decide that UNCG is the place for them for the next four years.”

Alexander is a native of Southern Pines, N.C. and attends Pinecrest High School. Led by coach Kimberly Sanborn he’s helped the Patriots win the Sandhills Conference five times. A letterwinner every year of high school for both cross country and track and field, he was named NCHSAA 4A all-state this past season. He ran a personal best 15:59.6 at the Greensboro Invitational on Sept. 30th and placed second at the NCHSAA 4A Midwest Regional and eighth at the state championship.

On the track Alexander has run the 1,600 and 3,200 meters. He set a personal-best of 4:20.92 in the 1,600 meters and then placed seventh at the WNCAC Championship. In the 3,200 meters he has a personal record of 9:41.84 and earned sixth place at the NCHSAA 3A West Regional and fifth in the WNCAC Championship. For indoors he has a top mark of 10:06.33 for the 3,200 meters and won three meets last indoor season.

Alexander plans to major in political science.

Christopher is a native of Hendersonville, N.C. and attends North Henderson High School. Coached by Rick Hillard he has helped the Knights win the county and conference championships in track and field the last two years. A four-year letterwinner he has garnered the honors of all-county, all-conference, all-regional, and All-Hendersonville Times-News and Kiwanis All-Star. He holds the school’s records in indoor 3,200 meters of 10:06.33 in the Polk County Really Last Chance Polar Bear Meet and outdoor full two mile of 10:05.20 set last spring at the Tri-Cities Track Classic. Also running the 1,600 meters he has top marks of 4:41.3 in the outdoor season last spring.

For cross country Christopher set a personal-best this year of 16:18.2 for fifth place at the NCHSAA 3A West XC Regional and then placed 38th at the state meet. He finished seventh at the regionals and 56th at states his junior season.

Intending to major in kinesiology Christopher is an honor roll student who volunteers with Special Olympic Basketball and the school event “Volley for a Cure.”

Miles is a native of Concord, N.C. and goes to Cox Mill High School. Coached by Justin Thomas he helped the Chargers to an undefeated season that saw the win Cabarrus County, South Piedmont Conference, NCHSAA 3A Midwest Regional and State Championships. The four-year letterwinner also served as team captain. Individually for 5,000 meters he ran a personal-best 16:36.2 in a season-opening meet and place in championship meets second at county and conference, 19th in regionals and 45th at state.

The honor roll student plans to major in kinesiology. This year he also been running for the club team Reckless Running led by Anthony Famiglietti.

Neal is a native of Holly Springs, N.C. and attends Holly Springs High School. Guided by coach Scott Myers he helped the Hawks in the 4x800 meters place 12th in the indoor NCHSAA 4A State Championship and also participated in the outdoor Mideast Regional Championship. He is a member of the relay team that set school records for the 4x800 meters indoors and the 4x1,600 outdoors. A two-time letterwinner on the track, he has mostly ran the 800 and 1,600 meters. He set personal-bests last spring of 2:02.45 in the 800 meters in the South Wake Athletic Conference Championships on May 3 and 4:37.5 in the 1,600 in a dual meet on March 23rd.

In cross country Neal garnered first team all-conference and second team all-region honors as a four-year letterwinner. This year in 5,000 meters he set a personal record of 16:02.8 for 16th place in regionals on Oct. 28th and then placed 41st in the state championships a week later.

Neal plans to major in mathematics and is a member of the National Honor Society and math club.

Joe and Nicholas Thoma are natives of Whippany, N.J. and attend Whippany Park High School. Guided by coach Colin Feeney they assisted the Wildcats to section and NJAC Conference Championships the last three years.

A first-team performer in the conference all four years, Joe was named the school’s rookie of the year as a freshman. This past season he set school records in the 600 meters indoor (1:24.22), 800 meters indoor (1:59.75) and 1,000 meters indoor (2:37.20). In the 800 meters outdoors he ran a personal-best of 1:56.31 on June 3rd at the NJSIAA Group 2 Championships. In the 1,600 meters his top mark was 4:21.57 outdoors at the same meet and 4:26.60 indoors on Feb 4th to win the NJSIAA Sectional Championships - North II Group 1.

Joe has also been a multiple all-conference performer in cross country. This year he set a personal record of 16:11.4 in the 5,000 meters at the Morris County Championships and then placed second at sectionals the following week. He also finished second at sectionals the previous year.

A first-team performer all four years in the conference as well, Nicholas has run in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters. In the 800 his personal bests are 2:01.40 indoors and 1:58.99 outdoors from his sophomore season. In the 1,600 meters he also set personal records in 2016 of 4:35.14 for indoors and 4:28.70 for outdoors. For the 3,200 meters ran a top mark of 9:45.19 in the 2016 outdoor season and 10:18.10 last spring.

In cross country Nicholas set a personal record of 16:39.5 at sectionals to finish in third place. He finished in fifth place in sectionals last year and eighth the previous season.

The twin brothers have run together for the 4x400, 4x800 and distance medley relays. In the 4x800 they placed third in the NJSIAA Group 2 Championships this past spring and third at the NJSIAA Group 1 Championships in the winter. For the distance medley relay they won the Morris County Relays outdoors and were the runner-ups in the indoor NJSIAA Group 1 Championships.

Undecided on a major, Joe is a member of several clubs: meditation club, audio/visual technology club, interact club (assisting students and the community), theater & musical club, and the madrigals group as a baritone. A regular donor to the American Red Cross, he was chosen as a delegate for the 2017 New Jersey American Legion Boys State Program.

Undecided on a major Nicholas is a high honors distinguished student and also participated in the school play and musical.

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