Elon Cross Country’s Polk Announces Remainder of Recruiting Class

ELON, N.C. – Elon University men’s and women’s head cross country coach Nick Polk announced the addition of five prospective student-athletes to his 2015 recruiting class on Thursday, April 23. Polk and the Phoenix welcomes one female and four males that are slated to join the program this fall.

Bridgette Harrell (Kernersville, N.C. / East Forsyth) makes up the lone female addition of the group and joins Nick Ciolkowski (Fairport, N.Y. / McQuiad Jesuit), Greg Paugh (Jackson, N.J. / Christian Brothers), Michael Germinario (Wayne, N.J. / Wayne Valley) and Ryan Doane (Glen Mills, Pa. / Malvern Prep) to round out the quintet.

“I am very excited to welcome these incoming student-athletes to Elon University and I look forward to begin working with them,” said Polk. “This group brings a lot of talent and depth to our program. I see many of these student-athletes being able to step in and contribute early on in their careers and continue to traditions that were set before them.”

The group will join the program’s early signees rom the fall of Emma Brown (Matthews, N.C. / Providence Day School), Coralea Geraniotis (Orleans, Mass. / Nauset Regional High School) and Chelsea Smith (Toms River, N.J. / Toms River South High School) along with the men’s duo of of Josh Kruppa (Freehold, N.J. / Christian Brothers Academy) and Colton Lawson (Bahama, N.C. / Northern High School).

Bridgette Harrell (Kernersville, N.C. / East Forsyth High School)
Best Times: 3,200-meters – 10:47; 5k (XC) – 18:19

Awards and Accolades
• Fourth at Indoor State 3,200-meters (2015)

• Daughter of Danny and Christine Harrell
• Intends to major in biology and exercise science

Nick Ciolkowski (Fairport, N.Y. / McQuaid Jesuit High School)
Best Times: 1,600-meters – 4:23; 3,200-meters – 9:22; 5k (XC) – 15:25

Awards and Accolades
• All Greater Rochester Cross Country Runner of the Year (2014)
• 11th at Footlocker Northeast Regional (2014)
• Cross Country Section V Champions (2014)
• Indoor Track Section V Champions (2013-2014)

• Received an academic letter in the 2012-2013 school year
• Son of Ed and Mary Lee Ciolkowski
• Intends to major in Biochemistry

Ryan Doane (Glen Mills, Pa. / Malvern Prep High School)
Best Times: 800-meters – 2:00; 5k (XC) – 16:26

Awards and Accolades
• 2x First team all Inter-AC
• 2x First team all area selection
• Second team all PAISAA state
• Third place in PAISAA state two-mile

• President of Student Council
• Adelphia Society mentor
• Son of Rich and Diane Doane
• Intends to major in business and management

Michael Germinario (Wayne, N.J. / Wayne Valley High School)
Best Times: 1,600-meters – 4:32; 3,200-meters – 9:42; 5k (XC) – 16:25

Awards and Accolades
• 10th at N.J. Group 3 meet
• Qualified for the N.J. Meet of Champions
• First team all Passaic county indoor track (2014)
• Passaic county XC champions (2013)

• Member of the National Honors Society
• Son of Tony and Karen Germinario
• Plans to major in finance

Greg Paugh (Jackson, N.J. / Christian Brothers High School)
Best Times: 1,600-meters – 4:19; 3,200-meters – 9:27; 5k (XC) – 15:35

Awards and Accolades
• Shore Track Coaches Association Junior Cross Country Runner of the Year
• Boys All-Shore and All-County Runner
• Member of the second place team Nike Cross Nationals (2013)
• Finished eighth at regionals in 2014

• Member of Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.)
• Received honors during senior year
• Son of Rich and Sherry Paugh
• Intends to major in exercise science