Three join men’s cross country program for 2017 campaign

Kristin Seamon -

Head coach Greg Schmitt and the Carlow University men's cross country team is pleased to announce the incoming class for the 2017 season.

The Celtics gain three new runners — Matthew Cannon, Joseph Palmieri, and Anton Sarazen — who will also compete on Carlow's inaugural track and field team this spring.

The men's and women's cross country squads open the season Sept. 1 at the St. Vincent College Early Bird Invitational.

Cannon, who hails from Monongahela, plans to major in forensic accounting and criminology at Carlow. He was a WPIAL qualifier in track and field at Ringgold High School, where he also lettered in football and tennis and earned the Ringgold Tri-Athlete Award. He also earned the Presidential Award for academics and the Sempler Fidelis Award for musical excellence.

Palmieri and Sarazen are Pittsburgh natives and graduates of North Hills High School.

Palmieri, who lettered in cross country and track, was a member of the National Honor Society, the Hands for Service Club, and Students Against Destructive Decisions.

“I chose Carlow because my College in High School class works through Carlow,” said Palmieri, who plans to major in nursing. “Through our field trips, I grew to love Carlow.”

Sarazen was a three-time letter-winner and a two-time WPIAL qualifier in track and field, who also lettered in cross country. He was an AP Scholar, as well as a member of the Medicine Academy, the German Honors Society and the High Honor Roll. He plans to major in biology.

“I chose Carlow because it has a great curriculum that will prepare me for my future,” Sarazen explained, "while also allowing me to continue my track and field career." 

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