Sailfish Cross Country Announces Incoming Class

Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- With the competitive long-distance running seasons only a few weeks away, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s and women’s cross country programs are beginning preparations to what they hope to be a rewarding season. Head coach Sonja Friend-Uhl has announced some valued additions to both teams rosters as the Sailfish are primed for a fantastic season.

Justin Mikesell:

Mikesell of Peoria, Illinois ran Cross Country at Peoria Christian School his Junior and Senior years. After, a successful first season as a Junior, with his best time being 17:00, he really began to shine in his Senior year.  He ran at the Tri-County Conference after only two meets and placed third, better than anyone previously from Peoria Christian High School.  His best run came at 2009 Tri-County Regional, in Eureka, IL where he ran a 15:59 on one of the toughest courses in the state of Illinois.  PBA Cross-Country Coach Sonja Friend-Uhl will look to Justin to lead her much improved men's team to great achievements this Fall.

Andrew Rodberg:

Rodberg ran cross country for The King's Academy in West Palm  Beach, FL for 6 years. During these years of running competitively he was the Team Captain in both his Junior and Senior year. Andrew helped the boys team set school records in their first Regional meet appearance. He was presented the "Coaches Award" two times, the "Most  Improved Runner" once, and the "MVP Award". Andrew has experienced many challenges which he believes has made him a stronger person and runner. Andrew states, "Running has helped shape me into the person I am today. I love running and I am very excited to be a Sailfish. I look forward to the next four years."
Nick Joseph:

Nick ran Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Outdoor Track for John Jay High School in East Fishkill, New York. An injury hindered his senior cross country season but he was able to run a 18:12 early in the season before having to stop running to heal the injury.  Nick rebounded well during the 2010 outdoor season. He ran personal best times of 2:03 in the 800m and 4:46 in the 1600m.

Chris Lopez:

Lopez ran cross country for Lakeland Christian School under coach Mike Musik in Lakeland, Florida. He states that the Lord brought him to the sport in his junior year. His natural talent was evident when he ran 18:45 for his first Cross-Country 5k race ever. As the season progressed he improved to 18:03.  The following season Chris showed great improvement, running 17:45-50 consistently, with a season personal best of 17:30. Chris also ran a personal best in the Mile during the 2010 outdoor season of 4:48.

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