2015 Men's Track & Field
2015 Men's Track & Field Coaches
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Dan Schofer
Head Coach- 3rd Season

Schofer enters his ninth year as head coach of men's and women's cross country and third year as head coach of men's and women's track and field at Cornell College in 2014-15.

A native of Wilmette, Ill., Schofer graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., in 2000 with a major in biology. He earned an MS degree in exercise physiology from the University of Oregon in December 2001. While at Oregon, he taught running and weight training courses in the physical education department, worked as a teaching assistant in the exercise physiology department, and competed for Team Eugene, a running club active in the Pacific Northwest.
In his first eight years with the cross country and track programs, Schofer has coached 60 individual all-conference performances, eight all-conference relays, 16 conference champions and three NCAA All-Americans. Under his guidance, the distance runners have set 25 new Cornell records.

Last year, Schofer's cross country runners set a new Cornell record for most all-conference performers in a season with five. Abrah Masterson, Sanjuanita Martinez, Laura Ettlin and Rachel Moline earned all-conference honors on the women's side, leading the Rams to a second-place team finish, just one point shy of the championship. Lawrence Dennis led the men's team with an all-conference placing. Masterson and Martinez both earned all-region honors, and Masterson advanced to the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, the fifth Cornell runner to qualify in the past six years. The distance women continued their impressive run at the indoor conference championships, taking seven of the nine possible all-conference awards in the three longest races, including a 1-2-3 sweep in the 3,000-meter run. The outdoor season was highlighted by a new school record in the women's 4x800 relay and conference titles from Martinez (3,000 steeplechase) and Ettlin (5000 run). 

In 2012-13, the cross country team equaled its program record for most all-conference runners in a season with four honorees. On the women's side, Leslie Smebak, Maria Helgeson and Ettlin were all-conference, while Jordan Kemme led the men's team with his first career award. Ettlin and Smebak both earned all-region honors as well, the first time a pair of Cornell women have accomplished that feat in the same year. The two standouts also racked up four all-conference awards during the indoor and outdoor track seasons. Additionally, Ettlin set a new Cornell record in the 3K, and Smebak claimed the school mark in the 10K en route to the conference title in that event.
Highlights from the 2011-12 year include the program's fourth consecutive NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships qualifier in Ben Jacobs. Teammates Chase Nowak and Jacobs earned all-conference honors by placing third and sixth, respectively. Allie Jagielo (ninth) and Smebak (15th) also earned all-conference recognition. The combined total of four all-conference honors set a single-season program record. Jacobs won the conference indoor track title in the 5K and went on to break 15:00 at that distance and 31:00 for 10K during the outdoor season. Ettlin (17:59) and Smebak (18:00) both surpassed the previous Cornell 5K record by more than 20 seconds.

Cornell's distance runners enjoyed an outstanding year in 2010-2011. Andrew Tobben won his second straight IIAC title in cross country, as he led the Rams to a third-place team finish for the second straight year. Nowak and Kirkwood Donavin also earned All-IIAC honors. Tobben qualified for Nationals and led three of his teammates to All-Region honors, as the Rams finished a program-best sixth place at the NCAA Central Regional Championships, barely missing a team bid to the NCAA National Championships. Tobben (7th in the Region), was followed closely by Donavin (12th), Nowak (15th), and Adam Rooyakkers (33rd).

Donavin was named the IIAC's most valuable performer at the indoor track championships, as he won the mile and anchored Cornell to dominating victories in both the distance medley and 4x800 relays. He went on to place third at the NCAA National Championships in the mile, where he set a Cornell record of 4:11.02. Donavin won both the 800 and 1500 meters at the outdoor championships, and the 4x800 relay team, this time anchored by Rooyakkers, won the Rams' third straight title in the event. Tobben and Nowak each earned All-IIAC honors and scored in two events at the meet, and Rooyakkers placed second behind Donavin in the 800, as Cornell scored 63 points in five distance events at the IIAC Championships.

In 2010, Cornell's women set a program record by placing 11th of 27 teams at the NCAA Central Regional Championships. The team had a gap of just 24 seconds between its No. 1-5 runners. On the track, Jagielo set a school record (10:30) in the 3k, good for fifth at the IIAC Indoor Championships and just ahead of teammate Elise Mead (10:32). The Rams' 4x800 meter relay set an indoor school record (9:52) with just one senior in the line-up. Mead and Jagielo both broke the previous school record in the 5k, running 18:20 and 18:24, respectively. Mead also set a new Cornell mark in the 10k (38:15) and placed fourth at the IIAC Championships. Jagielo earned All-IIAC honors by placing second in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.

Schofer came to Cornell from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., where he served for four years as assistant coach of men's and women's cross country and track and field. During his time at Rhodes, he helped coach 40 individual all-conference performances, one team and nine individual conference championships, one team and seven individual NCAA Championships qualifiers, and four NCAA All-American performances.

Schofer also served as assistant coach for the Carleton women's track and field program for the 2002 winter and spring seasons.

During his junior and senior years at Carleton, Schofer captained both the cross country and track and field teams. Additionally, he earned three most-improved awards, several all-conference citations, and qualified as an individual for the NCAA Cross Country Championships in the fall of 1999. Coach Schofer has continued to train and compete at a high level since graduating from college.

Schofer has USA Track and Field Level II coaching certification and is a member of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. He is currently serving as the men's cross country central region representative for the USTFCCCA.

"I have high expectations for the student-athletes in our program, in terms of discipline, hard work, sportsmanship, and citizenship. Participating in cross country and track at Cornell is one of the most demanding aspects of our students' college experience, but there is no question that it is also one of the most rewarding. From our fastest to our slowest runners, all members of our program enjoy the lifelong bonds of friendships formed and the satisfaction gained from working hard and improving as part of a competitive team."

Schofer resides in Mount Vernon with his wife, Marie, a competitive distance runner herself who serves as Cornell's Director of Admission. Their daughter, Eleanor, was born in April, 2013.

All-Conference - Cross Country
Abrah Masterson 2013 (2nd)
Sanjuanita Martinez 2013 (3rd)
Laura Ettlin 2013 (11th)
Rachel Moline 2013 (14th)
Lawrence Dennis 2013 (16th)
Jordan Kemme 2012 (18th)
Leslie Smebak 2012 (9th)
Maria Helgeson 2012 (18th)
Laura Ettlin 2012 (19th)
Chase Nowak 2011 (3rd)
Ben Jacobs 2011 (6th)
Allie Jagielo 2011 (9th)
Leslie Smebak 2011 (15th)
Andrew Tobben 2010 (champion)
Chase Nowak 2010 (7th)
Kirkwood Donavin 2010 (13th)
Andrew Tobben 2009 (champion)
Ben Jacobs 2009 (9th)
Chase Nowak 2009 (12th)
Rachelle Hawkins 2008 (4th)
Rachelle Hawkins 2007 (6th)
Andrew Tobben 2007 (8th)
Rachelle Hawkins 2006 (14th)
Patricia Gonzalves 2006 (15th)

NCAA All-Region - Cross Country
Abrah Masterson 2013 (13th)
Sanjuanita Martinez 2013 (20th)
Laura Ettlin 2012 (31st)
Leslie Smebak 2012 (35th)
Ben Jacobs 2011 (7th)
Andrew Tobben 2010 (7th)
Kirkwood Donavin 2010 (12th)
Chase Nowak 2010 (15th)
Adam Rooyakkers 2010 (33rd)
Andrew Tobben 2009 (12th)
Ben Jacobs 2009 (24th)
Chase Nowak 2009 (26th)
Rachelle Hawkins 2008 (7th)
Andrew Tobben 2008 (24th)
Rachelle Hawkins 2007 (13th)
Andrew Tobben 2007 (35th)

NCAA Division III Championships Qualifiers
Abrah Masterson 2013 (Cross country -- 113th place)
Ben Jacobs 2011 (Cross country -- 86th place)
Kirkwood Donavin 2011 (Indoor mile -- 3rd place, All-American)
Andrew Tobben 2010 (Cross country -- 80th place)
Andrew Tobben 2009 (Cross country -- 28th place, All-American)
Rachelle Hawkins 2009 (Indoor mile -- 8th place, All-American)
Rachelle Hawkins 2008 (Cross country -- 65th place)

All-Conference - Track & Field (distance performances)
Laura Ettlin 2014 (Outdoor 5,000-meter run - champion)
Thomas Guittar 2014 (Outdoor 800-meter run - 2nd place)
Sanjuanita Martinez 2014 (Outdoor 3,000-meter steeplechase - champion)
Laura Ettlin 2014 (Outdoor 10,000-meter run - 2nd place)
Sanjuanita Martinez 2014 (Outdoor 1,500-meter run - 3rd place)
Abrah Masterson 2014 (Indoor 3,000-meter run - champion)
Laura Ettlin 2014 (Indoor 3,000-meter run - 2nd place)
Sanjuanita Martinez 2014 (Indoor 3,000-meter run - 3rd place)
Laura Ettlin 2014 (Indoor mile run - 2nd place)
Sanjuanita Martinez 2014 (Indoor mile run - 3rd place)
Abrah Masterson 2014 (Indoor 5,000-meter run - champion)
Ashley Reynolds 2014 (Indoor 5,000-meter run - 3rd place) 
Leslie Smebak 2013 (Outdoor 10,000-meter run - champion)
Sanjuanita Martinez 2013 (Outdoor 3,000-meter steeplechase - 3rd place)
Laura Ettlin 2013 (Indoor 3,000-meter run - 2nd place)
Leslie Smebak 2013 (Indoor 3,000-meter run - 3rd place)
Laura Ettlin 2013 (Indoor mile run - 3rd place)
Ben Jacobs 2012 (Indoor 5,000-meter run - champion)
Women's distance medley relay 2012 Indoor (Smebak, Jazo, Garvey, Ettlin - 3rd place)
Men's 4x800-meter relay 2012 Outdoor (Stadler, Butts, Guittar, Rooyakkers - 2nd place) 
Kirkwood Donavin 2011 (Indoor mile run - champion)
Kirkwood Donavin 2011 (Outdoor 800-meter run - champion)
Men's 4x800-meter relay 2011 Outdoor (Stadler, Riedel, Skoog, Rooyakkers - champions)
Adam Rooyakkers 2011 (Outdoor 800-meter run - 2nd place)
Chase Nowak 2011 (Outdoor 10,000-meter run - 2nd place)
Andrew Tobben 2011 (Outdoor 5,000-meter run - 2nd place)
Allie Jagielo 2011 (Outdoor 3,000-meter steeplechase - 2nd place)
Kirkwood Donavin 2011 (Indoor mile run - champion)
Chase Nowak 2011 (Indoor 3,000-meter run - 2nd place)
Chase Nowak 2011 (Indoor 5,000-meter run - 3rd place)
Men's distance medley relay 2011 Indoor (Rooyakkers, Skoog, Stadler, Donavin - champions)
Men's 4x800-meter relay 2011 Indoor (Rooyakkers, Stadler, Riedel, Donavin - champions)
Chase Nowak 2010 (10,000-meter run - champion)
Andrew Tobben 2010 (10,000-meter run - 2nd place)
Andrew Tobben 2010 (5,000-meter run - 2nd place)
Men's 4x800-meter relay 2010 (Donavin, Kuhlmann, Purkey, Rooyakkers - champions)
Adam Rooyakkers 2010 (Indoor 800-meter run - 2nd place)
Men's distance medley relay 2010 (Donavin, McGowan, Kuhlmann, Rooyakkers - 3rd place)
Andrew Tobben 2009 (Indoor 3,000-meter run - 2nd place)
Men's 4x800-meter relay 2009 (Donavin, Skoog, Purkey, Rooyakkers - 2nd place)
Rachelle Hawkins 2009 (Indoor 3,000-meter run - 2nd place)
Rachelle Hawkins 2008 (Indoor 3,000-meter run - 3rd place)
Rachelle Hawkins 2007 (Indoor 1,000-meter run - 2nd place)
Patricia Gonzalves 2007 (Outdoor 10,000-meter run - 3rd place)

Cornell College Records
Sam Martinez (3,000-meter steeplechase)
Women's 4x800-meter relay (outdoors - Ettlin, Strunk, Martinez, Masterson)
Abrah Masterson (3,000-meter run)
Leslie Smebak (10,000-meter run)
Laura Ettlin (3,000-meter run)
Laura Ettlin (5,000-meter run)
Elise Mead (10,000-meter run)
Kirkwood Donavin (indoors - mile run)
Men's 4x800-meter relay (indoors - Donavin, Skoog, Purkey, Rooyakkers)
Women's 4x800-meter relay (Kuhlmann, Jagielo, Aerts, Hawkins)
Women's 4x800-meter relay (indoors - Ettlin, Stewart, Seemann, Newman)
Women's distance medley relay (Jagielo, Carberry, Jepson, Hawkins)
Men's distance medley relay (indoors - Rooyakkers, Skoog, Stadler, Donavin)
Rachelle Hawkins (6,000 meters, cross country)
Rachelle Hawkins (800-meter run)
Rachelle Hawkins (1,000-meter run)
Rachelle Hawkins (1,500-meter run)
Rachelle Hawkins (mile run)
Rachelle Hawkins (3,000-meter run)
Elise Mead (5,000-meter run)
Elise Mead (indoors - 5,000-meter run)
Allie Jagielo (3,000-meter run)
Patricia Gonzalves (5,000-meter run)
Patricia Gonzalves (10,000-meter run)

United States Cross Country Coaches Association
Academic All-Americans

Abrah Masterson 2013 (cross country)
Women's cross country team 2013 (GPA 3.21)
Laura Ettlin 2012 (cross country)
Leslie Smebak 2012 (cross country)
Women's cross country team 2012 (GPA 3.18)
Ben Jacobs 2011 (cross country)
Men's cross country team 2011 (GPA 3.13)
Women's cross country team 2011 (GPA 3.42)
Men's cross country team 2010 (GPA 3.16)
Women's cross country team 2010 (GPA 3.48)
Kirkwood Donavin 2010 (cross country)
Chase Nowak 2010 (cross country)
Men's cross country team 2009 (GPA 3.14)
Women's cross country team 2009 (GPA 3.54)
Chase Nowak 2009 (cross country)
Rachelle Hawkins 2009 (track and field)
Rachelle Hawkins 2008 (cross country)
Women's cross country team 2008 (GPA 3.47)
Rachelle Hawkins 2007 (cross country)
Women's cross country team 2007 (GPA 3.55)
Men's cross country team 2006 (GPA 3.27)
Women's cross country team 2006 (GPA 3.47)
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Katie Bretscher
Assistant Coach- 3rd Season

Bretscher, a former standout sprinter and record holder at DePauw University, has served as assistant coach for Cornell's cross country and track and field programs since the 2012-13 season.

Bretscher, a native of Potomac, Ill., comes to the Hilltop from St. Lawrence University, where she spent two seasons as assistant track and field coach. She worked with the team's sprinters and jumpers and had four school records set in the triple jump under her guidance. Bretscher served one year as NCAA Compliance Assistant during her stay in Canton, N.Y. She received her M. Ed. in Educational Leadership from St. Lawrence in May 2012.

Bretscher earned four varsity letters in track and field (2005-08) at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. She established five school records on the track - including four relays - and was an NCAA Division III provisional qualifier in the indoor distance medley relay in 2008. A multiple all-conference performer, Bretscher helped lead the Tigers to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) team title in the 2005 outdoor season.

Bretscher was voted DePauw's Most Valuable Women's Track Performer in 2007, and garnered the team's Coach's Award in 2006. She was selected to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team in 2008. Bretscher graduated cum laude from DePauw in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in Mathematics.

Bretscher was assistant cross country and track and field coach at DePauw during the 2009-10 season. She helped coach an All-American heptathlete and the SCAC male long jump champion.

Bretscher worked as an NCAA Track and Field Championship Intern for the 2010 Division III indoor meet in Greencastle, Ind. That summer, she assisted with the USA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Des Moines.

Bretscher holds a USA Track and Field Level 2 (sprints, hurdles and relays) coaching certification and is a member of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Bretscher and her husband, Daniel, reside in Mount Vernon.
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Josh Rife
Assistant Coach- 3rd Season
Rife, a 1996 graduate of Mount Vernon High School, enters his third season as men's and women's assistant track and field coach in 2013-14, working with the throwers.

Under Rife's guidance in 2014, junior Madison Acree earned four all-conference medals in the throwing events and qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the women's shot put.
Rife is also in his seventh season on Cornell's football staff. He is a fourth-year running backs coach after directing the offensive line for three years.

Rife was an all-district football performer at Mount Vernon and helped lead the Mustangs to Class 3A state football championships in 1993 and 1994. He was a four-year football letterwinner and three-year starter at St. Olaf College and earned all-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference recognition in football and track.

Rife, a National Merit Scholar, received a bachelor's degree in political science from St. Olaf in 2001. He has held previous positions at Mount Vernon as assistant football coach and assistant girls track and field coach.
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Jay Davis
Assistant Coach- 3rd Season
Davis enters his third season as assistant men's and women's track and field coach in 2013-14.

Davis is also in his fifth season on Cornell's football staff as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach.

Davis played football for Coach Vince Brautigam at NAIA's Mount Senario College in Ladysmith, Wis., and then coached with him for 14 total years at Mount Senario and the University of Dubuque prior to both arriving in Mount Vernon.

Davis, a native of New Auburn, Wis., spent the 2009 season at NCAA Division III Morrisville State (N.Y.) College, where he was defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach.

Davis had a successful eight-year run on Dubuque's staff headed by Brautigam from 2001-08. He was assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator and coached defensive backs during his stay in Dubuque. Davis helped guide the Spartans to their first winning season in 19 years in 2006, followed by a 7-3 mark in 2007.

At Dubuque, Davis coached the nation's leading tackler in 2006 and was responsible for recruiting 16 of the program's 33 all-conference selections in eight seasons. The Spartans also landed their first Aztec Bowl selection under Davis' guidance.

Davis played for and coached with Brautigam at NAIA's Mount Senario in Ladysmith, Wis. He played three seasons for Mount Senario (1993-95), where he was a three-time Upper Midwest Athletic Conference performer and a two-time Don Hansen's Football Gazette All-American linebacker. Davis led the team in tackles all three years and played a key role in three consecutive UMAC championships.

Upon completion of his playing career, Davis stayed at Mount Senario and worked on Brautigam's coaching staff from 1995-2000. He was recruiting coordinator and had stints coaching defensive backs, linebackers and running backs. The Fighting Saints won five UMAC championships in Davis' six seasons there. Davis coached a first team all-America running back who led the NAIA in rushing two consecutive years.

Davis earned bachelor's degrees in 1995 from Mount Senario in history and business administration. He picked up his master's in business administration from Dubuque in 2005.
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Amy Hassell
Assistant Coach- 3rd Season

Hassell, a five-time Western Athletic Conference champion from Utah State University, joined the Cornell cross country and track and field coaching staff in 2012-13.

A middle distance standout, Hassell was a school-record holder in both the indoor 800 (2:08.27) and outdoor 1500 (4:25.70) for the Aggies. Coach Hassell previously served as an assistant coach at the University of California at San Diego and San Diego Mesa College.

Hassell lives in Mount Vernon with her husband Hans, an assistant professor in Cornell's politics department, and their children Johannes and Acadia.

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CJ Horan
Assistant Coach- 1st Season

Horan was a four-year letterwinner for the Rams in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field. He graduated from Cornell in May 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a minor in kinesiology.

Horan was named the team’s Most Improved Athlete in cross country his sophomore season. As a senior, he served as a team captain for all three sports.

Horan’s extra-curricular activities included participation in the Running Buddies program and the Kinesiology Club.

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Alex Simko
Assistant Coach- 1st Season

Simko, of Mentor, Ohio, is in his first season on Cornell’s track and field staff, coaching the sprinters and hurdlers. He also serves as an assistant for the Ram women’s lacrosse program.

Simko was a four-year varsity track and field letterwinner and three-time all-conference performer (800 meters, 2x distance medley relay) at Otterbein University. He graduated from Otterbein in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management.

Simko earned a master’s in Business Administration from Lake Erie College in 2013. He served as assistant cross country and track and field coach for two years there.

Simko was a volunteer assistant track and field coach at Texas A&M University during the 2013-14 season, working with the distance runners.

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Josh Colbert
Assistant Coach- 1st Season

Colbert, a standout multi-sport athlete at Ohio Northern University, is in his first season on Cornell’s track and field staff, working with the sprinters and jumpers. He is also linebackers coach on the Ram football staff.

Colbert, a native of Urbana, Ohio, was a two-year starting strong safety for Ohio Northern, serving as football team captain his senior year. He also excelled in track and field, highlighted by winning an NCAA Division III national title in the long jump during the 2014 outdoor season. Colbert was a 2014 NCAA outdoor qualifier in the 4x100 relay and finished with eight all-conference track and field medals at Ohio Northern.

Colbert earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Ohio Northern in 2014.

Before arriving at Ohio Northern, Colbert spent two years at Wittenberg University. He was a two-year football letterwinner and qualified for indoor track and field nationals in the long jump while in Springfield, Ohio.

Colbert served one season as assistant football coach at Minster (Ohio) High School, helping guide the team to a 2014 state championship, marking the school’s first football title in 25 years. He coached wide receivers and defensive backs, which included the school’s first 1,000-yard receiver during the 2014 season.