COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's cross country and track and field teams welcome a trio of runners to the program for the 2020-2021 seasons.
"We are very excited to welcome these three student-athletes as they will all have the chance to come in and make an immediate impact on our program," ODU cross country and track and field head coach Connor Callahan said. "A championship mindset is something all of these three bring. It is very special to bring an out of state athlete in with Savannah and then to bring in two teammates with Caleb and Orion from Lancaster. Caleb and Orion will have the chance to compete for top spots in their events and will push our men's team right away. Orion has been a three-time state qualifier in cross country, and Caleb has been right there with him and has had the chance to compete at the state meet as well. Savannah is one that has also competed in a state championship. We are excited to see what the 2020 class will accomplish here at ODU as we aren't done with this class yet."
Orion Thress | 5-11 | Sports Management | Cross Country and Track and Field | Lancaster, Ohio / Lancaster
High School: Was a three time state qualifier for both cross country and Indoor Track and Field…Was Second Team OCC in cross country his final three seasons…All-District runner junior and senior seasons along with All-Region senior year…Was Second Team OCC in track junior season…Four year letterman in Track and three year letterman in cross country. His favorite high school memory in cross country was qualifying for state his junior year where his team was ranked 11th and finished fourth. His favorite memory thus far during the track seasons was running personal bests in all of his events his junior season.
Personal: Is the son of Melissa Kilbarger and Nic Offers…Has four siblings, Eli Offers, Ayden Thress, Colton Thress and Gracie Thress…Also enjoys hanging out with friends and family in his free time along with playing basketball and football with friends.
Caleb Cordle | 5-10 | Biology | Cross Country and Track and Field | Lancaster, Ohio / Lancaster
High School: Had personal best times of 1:57 in the 800 meter dash and 4:31 in the 1600 meter race. Also had a personal best time of 16:40 in the 5K race.
Personal: Is the son of Jeff and Kelly Cordle…Has one sibling, Tristan…Chose Ohio Dominican because, "The feeling of being at home never left me when I was on campus."
Savannah White | 5-10 | Graphic Design | Track and Field | Crown Point, Ind. / Crown Point
High School: Holds the school record in the 200 meter dash…Was a member of the 4x100 meter team that also holds a school record…Won the Scholar Athlete Award and was Freshman of the Year…Her favorite high school memory was finding out at dinner in a text from her coach that she had broken the school record in the 200 meter dash her freshman year.
Personal: Is the daughter of Sue and Brian White…Enjoys painting, drawing, reading and coloring in her free time…Chose Ohio Dominican because, "The positive atmosphere of the campus and the feeling of being at home really helped me choose to become a part of the Panther family."