|Erin Jaskot recently committed to Villanova|
Brian Cook, from the same high school as current Villanova runner Kieran Brennan, is being heavily courted by coaches O'Sullivan and Carberry, and has narrowed his choices to Villanova, Syracuse, and Fordham. Cook ran 15:54 -- the third-fastest time ever on the Bowdoin Park course.
Here is the story from The LowHud.com:
Winners in Section 1 Coaches Cross Country Invitational eye counties nextby Brian Heyman
The Journal News
WAPPINGERS FALLS — Erin Jaskot sprinted under the finish-line sign in her red jersey with “Tappan Zee” emblazoned in white across the front, way ahead of the rest in the senior’s 5K Varsity I race. Next year, she will be proudly crossing the line with “Villanova” on the front of her jersey.
Villanova is also in the running for Pearl River cross country and track star Brian Cook. Later in the day, the senior showed why the Division I program would want him on its side as well.
Cook ran the fastest Bowdoin Park time ever for a Rockland runner and the third-fastest time there ever by a Section 1 runner, winning his Varsity III race in 15 minutes, 54.8 seconds and leading the Pirates to a team title Saturday at the Section 1 Coaches Cross Country Invitational.
|Cook will choose Villanova, Syracuse or Fordham|
Jaskot took her race by a little more than a minute, running 19:15.7 and leading Tappan Zee to a team title, too. The recruiting race for her cross country and track talents came down to Villanova, Boston College and Penn. The Wildcats won, receiving her oral commitment two weeks ago to run on a full ride.
“They offered the most money," Jaskot said. “And it was just the atmosphere of the whole team. I can tell they want to succeed, and that’s something I want to be a part of.”
Next up, Jaskot will try to succeed at the Rockland County Chanpionships Thursday at Bear Mountain.
“I’d like to say I have a chance, but I’ve been battling some calf soreness and tightness,” Jaskot said. “But today I felt fine. … It could be anyone’s race between Kate Zendell, Kelly (Hayes) and I.”