NEW ORLEANS, La. – Loyola University New Orleans coach Andy Canegitta recently announced the signing of three student-athletes for the men’s cross country and track teams.
Dylan DiMartino, Paul Freese and Henry Gerbracht committed to attend Loyola and participate on the track and cross country teams.
DiMartino comes to Loyola from Blessed Trinity Catholic High School in suburban Atlanta. He earned a top-25 finish at the GISA meet in his freshman year, and earned a top-30 at the GHSA AA meet as a junior. DiMartino was the Titans’ Most Improved Runner in 2007 and boasts best times of 10:25 in the 3200-meters and 16:32 in the 5K.
Freese ran high school track and cross country at St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Metairie. A three-sport star for the Saints, Freese has earned many accolades in track, cross country and soccer. Freese was Louisiana’s Class 1A cross country state champion in 2010, and he was the runner-up the three previous years. He has also won four individual state championships in track events (one in the 1600-meters and three in the 3200-meters). Freese was named the East Jefferson Track Athlete of the Year by the Times-Picayune in 2008 and 2009. Freese has run a 4:35 1600, a 10:09 3200 and a 16:17 three-mile.
Gerbracht is another local runner, coming from Mandeville High School. In 2009, Gerbracht was on the Mandeville cross country team that finished third in Class 5A. In 2010, he was the District and St. Tammany Parish champion in the 800-meters. He was also named to the New Orleans All-Metro Cross Country Team in 2010. Gerbracht has also enjoyed success in the classroom, earning the Superintendant’s Award in 2007 and 2008 and the Academic Achievement Award in 2008-10. Gerbracht has top times of 2:02 in the 800-meters, 4:36 in the 1600-meters and 15:46 on a three-mile course.
“All three runners are great additions to the team. They have already created a bond with each other and some of my current runners, which I feel is very important to have a successful program. All three were number one runners at their high schools and will push the pack next year,” Canegitta said. “The addition of these runners will help us achieve some of our team goals and improve on last year’s conference sixth place finish. We’re still waiting on a few more key recruits to add on to this already promising incoming class.”
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