Tigerville, S.C. - The North Greenville Cross Country Program welcomed three new faces after the early signing period this year as Hope Whisman, David Lucas, and Christiana Pusateri signed with North Greenville University.
Whisman, is a senior from Dutch Fork High School in Irmo, South Carolina. She has a personal record of 18:21 in the 5K, and finished 14th in the South Carolina High School League State Championship this season.
"We are so excited to have Hope become a part of our program," remarked Cameron Stober, NGU's head cross country coach. "Hope is an extremely talented runner, but she is also an outstanding young lady and has had a very successful high school career. She will have an immediate impact on our women's program and I look forward to seeing what lies ahead in her career as a Crusader."
David Lucas comes to NGU from Midlothian, Virginia by way of Manchester High School. Lucas runs cross country but will double as a track athlete for the Crusaders. His personal record in the 5K is 16 minutes but also competes in the 800 meter, 1600 meter, and 3200 meter.
"We are incredibly excited about David's decision to be a member of our cross country and track and field field family," says head track coach Jake Simms. "David is a very talented mid-distance runner with the maturity, desire, and discipline to contribute right away. He is a great fit for our program, our school, and our style of training and we are grateful that God continues to bless this program with young men and women who are willing to pour themselves out in pursuit of their faith, academics, and our sport."
Christiana Pusateri is from Taylors, South Carolina where she attended the Upstate Homeschool Co-op with a personal best 20:12 in the 5K.
"Christiana is a local runner that I recently had the privilege of meeting," said Stober. "She is very driven both academically and athletically and I am excited about her potential. She could develop into a great runner for us with the correct structure and training. She is a quality young lady and I look forward to having her become a part of our team next season."