- Temple's men's cross country team will have two recruits joining the team for the 2015 season. David Fitzgerald (Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill) and Johnathan Condly (Jim Thorpe, Pa./Jim Thorpe) have signed National Letters of Intent and will compete for the Owls next season.
"We need to find male student-athletes that love distance running and want to work hard at getting better to improve our cross country team's place of finish next year," said head coach Elvis Forde
. "Our two-top runners are returning next season and by adding another six or seven men will increase the depth and quality of the team, making it competitive for the remaining spots."
Fitzgerald is an all-state runner in cross country for Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Md. He competes in the 800m, 1600m, and 3200m race for his high school in track and participated in the adidas XC Challenge this season, where he recorded his personal-best time of 15:42 for the 5,000m run. Fitzgerald has posted three first-place finishes at separate meets this fall. Fitzgerald plans to major in kinesiology at Temple to become a physical therapist.
"David will have the opportunity to come in right away and compete for a spot in our top 5," said coach James Snyder
. "He is an extremely hard worker and is going to help our team move along to get to where we want to be."
Condly is an all-state runner in cross country for Jim Thorpe High School who recently placed 14th at the PIAA Cross Country State Championships and second at the PIAA District 11 Championships. Condly won his second-consecutive Schuylkill League title this fall and set a personal record for the 5,000m run at the event, with a time of 16:23. His strong performance helped lead his team to a second-consecutive team title at the event as well.
"Johnathan has been the top runner on a very successful team at Jim Thorpe High School for the past two years and I know he will transition well into our program here at Temple," said Snyder. "He's a tough kid who isn't afraid of the hard work ahead that comes with training and racing at the college level."