SUMMIT, NJ - Continuing what has become a trademark of the program, six Summit High School senior Track and Field Team members -- Griffin Feeney, Chris Heckelman, Emma Osborne, Claudia Piron, William Robertson and Hannah Russo -- will compete for the cross country and track teams at their respective colleges in the fall of 2017.
In past years, the Kent Place Boulevard campus has sent Maroon and White runners and jumpers off to UC Berkeley, Brown, Colorado, Columbia, Cornell, University of Chicago, Vassar, Michigan, Texas, Duke, Providence, Johns Hopkins, University of San Diego, Franklin and Marshall, Tufts, and Hamilton. Extending that successful legacy is the largest graduating group continuing to participate in their sport.
"As a coach you feel good that the kids you work with want to continue in the sport after they graduate," said Coach Neal Sharma. "It makes you feel like you helped develop a passion for a pursuit in the kids. This year's group is an excellent collection of kids who are great young people who run fast - but they also are very well-rounded."
Set to run in college on the girls side Emma Osborne, Claudia Piron, and Hannah Russo and, on the boys side, are Christopher Heckelman, William Robertson, and Griffin Feeney.
Chris Heckelman (Cross Country/Indoor/Outdoor Track) - Williams College
As a sophomore Heckelman was a key member of the squad that captured the Group 3 championship in 2014. He is the reigning Union County Champion in Cross Country and is fifth fastest all-time in Union County history on the Warinanco course. Heckelman ranks in the top three all-time in Hilltopper history on every major championship course as well as in various events on the track. He is a member of two North 2 Sectional championship cross country teams and has earned 11 varsity letters. In addition to running, Heckelman is an accomplished musician, playing in the Summit High School jazz band and pit orchestra, as well as composing his own music found on Spotify.
Emma Osborne (Indoor/Outdoor Track) - Yale University
Osborne has established new school sprint records in nearly every event from 400m to 55m in winter and spring track as well as being a member of numerous school record relays. She earned All-America status her sophomore year in the sprint medley relay and has finished in the top 10 at the NJ Meet of Champions on multiple occasions. Osborne has 14 sectional titles and a member of two State Group 3 4x400m relay championships. She has earned eight varsity letters and is the school student council president and a cellist in the orchestra.
Claudia Piron (Indoor/Outdoor Track) - Lehigh University
Piron is the current school record holder in the indoor 200m, an event in which she finished fifth overall at the NJ Meet of Champions this past winter. She, too, earned All-America status her sophomore year in the sprint medley relay and is a 'relaymate' of Osborne's on all the school-record sprint relays. Piron is a nine-time sectional champion and also a member of two State Group 3 4x400m relay championships. She has earned eight varsity letters. In addition to running, Piron is a long-time pianist with Beethoven as her favorite composer to play.
Griffin Feeney (Cross Country/Indoor/Outdoor Track)- St. Lawrence University
Feeney is a key cog to the team's distance event success of the past few years. He graduates as one of the five fastest runners in school history on all of the major championship cross country courses. Feeney has earned all-Union County honors the past two years and has competed at the National Championship meet the past two outdoor seasons. He is a member of two North 2 sectional championship cross country teams. Feeney has earned 10 varsity letters and, when he is not logging miles, he pursues his other passions of photography and road cycling.
Hannah Russo (Cross Country/Indoor/Outdoor Track) - Wellesley College
Russo was the Union County individual champion runner-up this past fall posting the fifth fastest time in school history on the Warinanco course. She was a member of the 2016 indoor sectional championship team and the girls 4x800m relay that qualified for the prestigious Penn Relays last year, an annual goal of the squad. Russo enjoys volunteering as a youth leader at her church and focuses on community service as well as running the trails.
William Robertson (Cross Country/Indoor/Outdoor Track) - Middlebury College
Robertson captured the 800m sectional title last spring and ranks as one of the top four in school history at that distance. He is also one of the the top four 400m runners in school history, and is a member of one North 2 Sectional cross country championship teams. Robertson holds the school record at 600m which he established this past winter and has earned nine varsity letters. In addition to his running feats, he also attained the rank of Eagle Scout this year and is an avid hiker and bird watcher.