Updated: Jun 18
There have been a handful of transfers that we have not yet announced, so we figured that we would mention them all at once. Here are where these distance talents will be competing next year...
Braden Nicholson (North Central to Southern Indiana)
One of the more overlooked transfers of the offseason has been Braden Nicholson who is taking his talents from North Central College to Southern Indiana. The former NCC runner put together one of the best freshman campaigns in Division Three this past winter, earning personal bests of 8:27 (3k) and 14:37 (5k) on the indoor oval.
Now, Nicholson will be joining one of the better D2 distance programs in the country. The Screaming Eagles will return All-American low-stick Titus Winders later this fall along with a handful of rising seniors. Austin Nolan -- the other distance ace on the USI roster -- will not have any cross country eligibility remaining (according to TFRRS), but he may return for the 2021 indoor and outdoor track seasons.
As the current Southern Indiana roster begins to age, Nicholson will be an ideal addition to the team as he makes the jump from D3 to D2.
Kip Yegon (Lehigh to San Francisco)
An underrated steeplechase talent during his time at Lehigh, Yegon will be a great addition for San Francisco as he travels from the east coast to the west coast later this year.
Yegon was an 8:53 steeplechaser with the Mountain Hawks, winning the 2018 Patriot League steeplechase title as well as the IC4A steeplechase title during the spring of 2019.
The former Lehigh runner will finish his eligibility with the Dons, a program that has quietly developed a handful of respectable distance talents over the past few years. He will join former Western Washington runner Ed Kiolbasa who is also joining USF as a graduate transfer next year.
Georgia Fear (Dartmouth to Virginia)
Georgia Fear is yet another Ivy League talent who will be taking her talents elsewhere for the 2020-2021 academic calendar. The UK native owns a personal best of 2:50 for 1000 meters as well as a PR of 4:26 for 1500 meters.
According to TFRRS, Fear is expected to have an extra season of cross country eligibility after only recording a DNF result at the Battle in Beantown last year. She finished 14th at the 2018 Northeast XC Regional Championships, a result that helped the Dartmouth women qualify for NCAA's.
Fear will team up with Delaware graduate student Michaela Meyer who will also be joining the Cavaliers in Charlottesville later this year.
Jonathan Besselink (Wagner to Butler)
During his time with Wagner College, Besselink secured a handful of respectable personal bests such as 4:09 (mile), 8:17 (3k) and 8:54 (steeplechase).
The Bulldogs have been responsible for developing many of the country's best individual distance talents, including Erik Peterson, Euan Makepeace and Barry Keane. Now, they will introduce a new name who could compete for the BIG East steeplechase title next spring. If Georgetown's Christian Liddel returns to finish the rest of his eligibility, then Besselink will at least be able to offer a legitimate challenge to the standout Hoya.
Conor Naughton (Central Michigan to Butler)
Former Central Michigan runner Conor Naughton will be joining the Butler Bulldogs as a graduate transfer later this year. According to TFRRS, the former Chippewa has eligibility remaining in all three seasons of competition. Last month, it was announced that the men's indoor and outdoor track teams at Central Michigan were being cut.
Naughton has run 8:27 (3k) and 14:33 (5k) during his time in the Mid-American Conference. He will stay within the Great Lakes region and provide the Butler men with additional depth across all three seasons.
Collin Dylla (Arizona to Idaho State)
The former Arizona runner is on the move. Collin Dylla is a strong middle distance runner with a personal best of 1:50 for 800 meters. Prior to joining the Wildcats, Dylla competed for Pima CC and was the 2018 NJCAA champion in the 1000 meters.
After producing a sub-1:50 runner in Daniel Garz during the spring of 2019, the Idaho State Bengals will be bringing in another talent who could potentially dip under that barrier. Dylla will also be teaming up with rising sophomore D'Artangnan Kilgore who ran 1:53 for 800 meters this past winter.