DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke women’s cross country team welcomes six student-athletes to the 2017-18 campaign as they received commitments from Amanda Beach, Samantha Peterman, Sara Platek, Michaela Reinhart, Leigha Torino and Helen Williams.
“I am very excited about this recruiting class,” said women’s distance head coach Rhonda Riley. “It is very special to me since this is my first year at Duke. Each of these ladies have a strong desire to push themselves athletically and academically and will be great additions to this young squad.”
A closer look at each future Blue Devil:
Amanda Beach comes to Durham from Melbourne, Fla., and enters her final season as a distance runner at Melbourne Central Catholic. Beach has registered personal-bests in the 1,600m (4:58), 3,200m (10:48) and in the 5,000m (17:31), while also placing 12th at the 2016 Cross Country Footlocker National meet.
Samantha Peterman is a native of Springville, N.Y., and currently attends Sweet Home High School. Peterman is a versatile mid-distance/distance athlete with a solid 2:12 personal-best time in the 800m. Peterman has also registered a 4:28 in the 1,500m and an 18:08 in the 5,000m.
Sara Platek, a native of Jamestown, N.C., enters her final track & field season at Ragsdale High School with a personal-best two-mile time of 10:26. Platek recently registered a 16:48 in the 5,000m and placed 22nd at the 2016 Cross Country Footlocker National meet.
Michaela Reinhart joins the Blue Devils from Lexington, Ky., and begins to wrap up her final season as a distance runner at Lexington Catholic. Reinhart has tallied times of 4:55 in the mile, 10:17 in the 3,200m and 17:05 in the 5,000m over the course of her young career.
Leigha Torino, a native of Citra, Fla., currently attends North Marian High School. Torino has seen success as a distance runner with posted times of 4:57 in the 1,600m, 11:02 in the 3,200m and 18:03 in the 5,000m.
Helen Williams begins to close her high school campaign at Atlanta International School in Atlanta, Ga., as a distance specialist and has clocked personal-best times in the 3,200m (10:40) and in the 5,000m (18:02).
A complete list of the male distance runners for the 2017-18 campaign can be found here.