Updated: Jun 29, 2018
Let me start by saying that these Recruit Rankings were incredibly difficult to organize. There are 12 teams that could have found a spot in the top 10 and there isn't much of a noticeable gap until you get into the top six (in my opinion). Unfortunately, Colorado State and BYU were the two teams on the bubble that just missed the cut.
BYU's addition of Aidan Troutner and Brandon Garnica cleans up any gaps in their depth. Colorado State will bring in low-stick candidates like Tom Oates, Ryan Birkmeier, and Michael Mooney. For a team that just lost Grant Fischer and Jerrell Mock, those recruits are huge pieces for the Ram's rebuilding hopes.
Of course, this article isn't about Colorado State or BYU. It's about Georgetown. The 2018 Hoya recruiting class is special, mainly because they address both the mid and long distance aspects of the team. Coach Bonsey will have a lot to work with at both ends of the distance running spectrum which is always a nice luxury to have.
Yet, maybe one of the more underrated aspects of this group is the championship experience that they bring to the table. Whether that experience is NXN or Footlocker, Millrose or New Balance Grand Prix, Penn Relays or Arcadia, there are a multitude of top-level high school meets that are capable of challenging the nation's best. This Georgetown group is certainly well-versed in those kind of meets, but we'll address those aspects later on.
As we look through the list of recruits, Ian Delgado seems to be the headline addition with his 1:49 personal best that he ran almost two weeks ago. Not only did he have the 4th fastest 800 time in the country this season, but he also finished runner-up at New Balance Indoor Nationals (and nearly won the whole thing). Delgado is a huge addition to the Hoyas mid-distance corp which showed a lot of promise this past season after strong freshmen campaigns from Rey Rivera and Ruach Padhal. If those two are any indication, Delgado looks like he could have an immediate impact in his first year. In two to three years, the Hoyas could have one of the most lethal half-mile groups in the entire country.
The same thing could be said for Canadian commit Alanzo Ryan. The Ontario native will join the Georgetown program with wicked fast PR's of 1:50 and 3:54 (which converts to 4:11 for a mile). Much like Delgado, Ryan will be another key addition as Georgetown looks to strengthen their 800 group and challenge some of the nation's best mid-distance programs.
While Delgado and Ryan begin to develop with Rivera and Padhal, Rusty Kujdych will be attacking the longer distances. The Pennsylvania star has been absolutely dominant and nearly untouchable in the Keystone state over the past year. He is the first Pennsylvania high school runner since 2006-2007 to pull off the state title triple crown (XC, indoor 3k, outdoor 3200) in a single year. Shout-out to Etrain for that statistic.
Kujdych's 9:04 and 15:01 personal bests certainly make him one of the better recruits in the nation, but it's his experience and consistency that makes him truly valuable. His 4th place finish in the Penn Relays 3k and four national championship appearances (one Footlocker, three New Balance) make Kujdych a well-rounded recruit who has seen it all.
Joining Kujdych out of Pennsylvania is Tristan Forsythe. Much like his future teammate, Forsythe has a wide range of race experience. He qualified (and competed in) nationally recognized meets like the Penn Relays, Millrose Games, New Balance Grand Prix, and New Balance Nationals. His 4:12 PR makes him the fastest miler of this group.
As we continue down the list of names, we get to Quinn Nicholson. The New York distance stud can seemingly do it all with strong range and consistent performances. His personal best in the 5k may "only" be 15:51, but he was an NXN qualifier after placing 5th in his region this past fall (and 17th as a junior). His personal bests of 4:18 and 9:10 show that he has plenty of talent, but his real strength may come in the steeplechase where he has a personal best of 9:48. For someone who is so young and still learning the event, that is a solid time to have on your resume. New York steeplechasers have had grand success in college over the past few years (Erb, Tooker, Affolder, etc.) and Georgetown is no stranger to strong steeplechase talents. Nicholson and the Hoyas may be one of the better pairings of this recruiting class.
Price Owens is another interesting addition. He was a Footlocker finalist after placing 10th in the ultra-stacked South region in 2017. That was the same year we got to see Sam Worley, Reed Brown, Alex Maier, Connor Lane, and Waleed Suliman all fighting for qualifying spots. His championship experience and 15:07 5k makes Owens a key piece in Georgetown's effort to get back to the National Championships in cross country.
Others like Ethan Delgado (no relation to Ian) and Maazin Ahmed are great developmental pieces that give Georgetown even more depth in both the mid and long distance events. They may not have an immediate impact in their first year, but their potential over the next few years could make them extremely useful. I anticipate that they could contribute to scoring at the BIG East Championships or rounding out the top seven during cross country.
Many of the older Hoyas such as Bartelsmeyer, Carpenter, Green, and Crozier have completed their eligibility. Joe White only has one season of indoor and outdoor track left for the 2018-2019 academic year. With so many key veterans set to depart, these eight rising-freshmen will be crucial to Georgetown's rebuilding period (especially in cross country).
Between the times, the experience, and the accolades, the future is looking very bright for the Hoya Saxa. Only time will tell just how bright.