San Jose, Calif. -- Nina Sassano from seven-time defending California state champion Saugus High School and Jessica Stacey from Poly High in Riverside, Calif., have signed National Letters-of-Intent to compete for the San Jose State women’s cross country team beginning in fall 2013. Head coach Ron Davis made the announcement.
“These runners bring a lot of potential for success in our program,” Davis said. “We are talking about championship level experience in not only cross country, but track as well. I think they will have an immediate impact on the team going forward.”
Sassano is a three-time California state team champion with Saugus High School which has now won seven consecutive titles. The Santa Clarita, Calif., native finished 62nd out of 180 runners in the 2012 state meet. Her 19:17 time in the 5,000-meter event was a personal best. Sassano finished inside the top-five all three years at the Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational that features California’s top high school runners. She was fifth twice and in 2011 was the runner-up.
Sassano also has experience in the 800, 1600 and 3200 meter outdoor track events and was a member of the 4x800 and 4x1600 relay teams a Saugus. She has recorded four top-three finishes in her career in track and set three personal best times as a senior in fall 2012.
Jessica Stacey of Riverside, Calif., will graduate from Poly High School this spring. She ran with success in both track and cross country during all four years. She recorded three top-25 finishes in the three-mile cross country event during her career. Her personal-best 5,000-meter time of 21:38 came at the 2012 Stanford Invitational.
In outdoor track, Stacey specialized in the 800-meter event. She took first place in the 2011 Mustang Speed and Distance Invite with a personal-best 2:35.73. Also competed in the 1600 meter, 3200 meter and 4x100 meter events.
“I’m very happy to have these two coming here,” Davis said. “They will be a strong part of the new direction we want to take this program.”