2021 Guest Speaker- Aiden Barnhill- Downingtown West Senior

Downingtown West senior Aiden Barnhill ('21) will speak at this year's SMXC Summer Kickoff Party. Aiden recently ran a 4:06 full mile and an 8:58 3200M this season. He is currently ranked #7 in the nation in the mile. He will be completing at Northern Arizona University (NAU) in the fall in XC and Track. Aiden led the Whippets to the Pennsylvania State Championships in 2019 as a Junior.

Full Bio below.

Aiden Barnhill Running Bio

Personal Bests

  • 400m- 50.3

  • 800m-1:55

  • 1mile-4:06 (4:04 1600M)

  • 3200-8:58

  • 5000M Track- 15:03

Accomplishments (individual)

  • District 1 champion in cross country 2020

  • 4th at PA state championship 2020

  • 3rd at 2021 PA State Championship 3200 (8:59)

Team Accomplishments (Downingtown West XC/Track)

  • 2019 Pennsylvania State Champions in XC

Hobbies outside of running

  • Fishing, playing poker, and hang out with friends

2019 Speaker- Lydia Oliviere

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Lydia Olivere-spoke at the 2019 SMXC Summer Kickoff Party. Lydia competed for Padua Academy and currently runs for Villanova University. See Bio Here from Villanova.

High school accolades:

  • Delaware State Runner of the Year XC All 4 years

  • Undefeated in Delaware XC all 4 years

  • 5X Gatorade Runner of the Year

  • 800M- 2:11.75

  • 1 mile 4:49.75

  • 3200M 10:30.47

  • 5K- 17:02

Collegiate accolades

  • Olympic Trials 2021 Qualifier in the Steeplechase

  • 4X All Big East in XC/Track

  • Penn Relays Champion in 4x1500M

  • Big East Runner-Up at 3000M Steeplechase

  • 800M- 2:09

  • 1500M- 4:29.01

  • 3K Steeple 10:22.93 (#4 All time in Villanova history and qualified for NCAA Regionals)

  • 3 miles XC 16:31.6

  • 6K - 20:48.4

2018 Speaker- Kieran Tuntivate

Kieran Tuntivate spoke at the 2018 SMXC Summer Kickoff Party. Kieran competed for Charter School of Wilmington and currently runs for Harvard University.

High school accolades:

  • #1 ranked outdoor 1600M runner in state history (4:10.13 set in June 2015 at West Chester Henderson)

  • #1 ranked indoor 1600M runner in state history (4:14.95 set in Jan 2015 at the Milrose Games at the Armory)

  • #5 ranked 3200M runners in state history (9:06.30- set April 2015 in Arcadia, California.)

  • HS 5K XC PR 15:08- Set at NXN Southeast Regional, Cary NC, 2014

  • 2014 Runner of the Year- XC

Post-high school accolades

  • Qualified for the 2021 Olympic Games in the 10,000M (27:17.14)

  • Trains and competes for the Bowerman Track Club (BIO link)

  • Current Mile PR 3:57

  • Current 5K PR 13:57 Penn Relays Champion at 5000M in 2018

2017 Kickoff Speaker Alyssa Rudawski-

2017- Alyssa Rudawski- Competed for Garnett Valley and former varsity captain of the NC State Wolfpack XC and Track & Field program.

  • NC State finished 4th in the country at NCAAs in 2016 and were ACC Champions

  • Alyssa was the team’s #3 runner at ACCs and their #4 runner at NCAA Nationals

  • She has a personal 5K PR of 16:26 on the track.

2016 Kickoff Speaker- Halee Pierce-

2016 Photos-

Competed for Tatnall and Georgetown

  • 2011 Nike XC National Cross Country Championship Runner-Up

  • HS XC 5000M PR- 17:05

  • Ranked #2 in the Nation at 1600M

  • Ranked #3 in the Nation at 3200m

  • Penn Relays 3000M Champion

Delaware State records:

  • XC- Brandywine Creek –18:35, Killens Pond 17:28, #2 at Bellevue 17:05

  • Indoor 1600M- 4:46.93, 3200M 10:23.24, 5000M- 16:31.86 (ranked #2 in the nation)

  • Outdoor 1600M 4:41.19 3200M 9:57.36, 5000M 17:18.36

Former Guest Speakers

2014- Steve Sinko- 1994 Graduate- School record holder in 800M. Former state record holder in 800M. Member of 1993 XC state championship team. Founder of Fusion Inclusion. Competed for UNC Wilmington and University of Delaware. Currently head coach of Newark Charter.

2013- Greg Morrin- 2009 Graduate- 15:35 5K #1 in school history. Undefeated 10-0 in Delaware in 2008 season. Member of 2007 state champion team. Competed for Villanova University

2012- Maureen Stringham- 2007 Graduate- 19:16 5K #7 all time. Member of 2006 State Champion team (4th place) Competed for Arizona State and Connecticut

2010- Cassie White -2007 Graduate- 18:59 5K #3 all time. Member of 20016 State Championship team (3rd place overall) Competed for Syracuse University