Six Goshen seniors will continue athletic careers in college

Olivia Elston, Mackenzie Kurek, Kate Laskuski, Justin Lorenzo, Ryan Lutz and Morgan Series sign letters of intent at GHS ceremony

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  • Senior athletes Morgan Serkes, Justin Lorenzo, Ryan Lutz, Mackenzie Kurek, Kate Laskoski and Olivia Elston are pictured on signing day with their parents. (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • Gregory Voloshin, Goshen High School Assistant Principal and Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, directed the ceremony (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • A supportive community records a very special event (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • Goshen school board president Judy Green oversees activities before the ceremony (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • Friends and supporters turn out for the star athletes (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

By Frances Ruth Harris

— Six Goshen High School seniors will continue their athletic careers at the college level, an achievement managed by less than 5 percent of all high school athletes, according to Goshen athletic director Greg Voloshin.

Olivia Elston, Mackenzie Kurek, Kate Laskuski, Justin Lorenzo, Ryan Lutz and Morgan Series all signed national letters of intent committing them to play college athletics for a Division I or Division II school. The ceremony was held in the high school gymnasium on Nov. 16, during the national early signing window.

Students get to the signing stage after a long journey that starts with picking a sport they love as a kid, and then pursing it with drive and commitment, said Voloshin.

Olivia ElstonOlivia Elston, daughter of David and Jena Elston, chose Syracuse University in the ACC. She will run women’s cross-country and track and field.

She ranks as the first OCIAA and Section 9 individual cross-country champion in Goshen High School's history. She placed second at the state championships for Class B.

She’s a two-time state cross-country qualifier and the 2016 NYS Federation qualifier. She’s a national qualifier in the distance medley relay, and ran an indoor 3,000 at the nationals.

Her indoor 2015-16 accomplishments include: first in the OCIAA 3,000, third in the 1,500; second in the sectional 3,000, third in the 1,500; and second in the 3,000 state qualifier. She was part of the second-place 4x8 team and the states' 20th in the 3,000. In the nationals, she’s 31st in the two-mile and part of the DMR team.

As of October, she was first in the 1,500, third in the 3,000, section's first in the 1500, first in the 3,000, and state qualifier's first in the 3,000. She was part of the second-place 4x8 team qualifier for states, state's 12th in the 3,000, 13th in the 4x8, and 24th in the nationals 4x8. She is the school’s record holder in the 1,500 and 3,000, 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams.

Mackenzie KurekMackenzie Kurek, daughter of Kathy and John Kurek, chose Pace University and the Northeast-10 Conference. She will play women’s soccer.

She played striker and midfield for the Lady Gladiators. She was captain in 2016 and all-section all star.

She was a three-time division champion and four-time Section 9 champion, making her one of three female soccer players to win four championships. She has travelled nationally playing soccer with her club team, Quickstrike.

She is a three-year starting midfielder in lacrosse, two-time division champion, Section 9 Coaches All Star, and was All Division for 2015-16.

She is a five-time Odyssey of the Mind world finalist and a member of the National Honor Society.

Kate LaskoskiKate Laskoski, daughter of Gary and Beth Laskoski, chose Ivy League Dartmouth to continue her track and field career.

She ran indoor track last year for the Gladiators, becoming a triple winner for the 2016 OCIAA champions: 55, 300, and 600. At the state meet, she placed eighth in the 600. She is a national qualifier in the 400 and distance medley relay.

She participated in outdoor track for four years and was a state qualifier in her sophomore year in the 400. She was a Section 9 champion in the 200 and the 400 in 2015, and was a member of the 2016 Division III champions. She holds the 2016 school record in the 200, 400, DMR, 4x800 and 4x400.

In 2016, she was the OCIAA champion in the 200 and second in the 400. In the Canadian Nationals in Edmonton this past summer, she ran 400 and 200, placing fifth in the U20 Division.

She played lacrosse for two years, winning the division championship and was a first team all-star.

She ranked in the world finals for Odyssey of the Mind and is a member of the National Honor Society, WLHS. She is vice president of the class of 2017.

Justin LorenzoJustin Lorenzo, son of Michael and Pam Lorenzo, chose Franklin Pierce University, Northeast 10 Conference. He will play men’s lacrosse.

He's the only starting goalie in Goshen’s history, holding the Gladiator record for saves, saves in a game, and save percentage. He was the team’s MVP in 2014.

In 2014 and 2015 he was Goshen’s Defensive Player of the Year. He participated in the Hudson Valley Express, a club lacrosse team he’s played in since the eighth grade. He's traveled the east coast to compete against the best club teams in the nation.

Ryan LutzRyan Lutz, son of George and Janice Lutz, chose Seton Hall and the Big East Conference. He will play baseball and was recruited as a shortstop.

He’s been a member of the varsity baseball since the 10th grade. He plays shortstop and pitches for the Gladiators, qualifying for sections both seasons, advancing to the semifinal round.

He was named MVP for the 2016 season, leading the team in batting average, extra base hits, and RBIs. He also plays for the North Jersey Cardinals club team.

Morgan SerkesMorgan Serkes, daughter of Steve and Jennifer Serkes, chose Sienna College in the MAAC Conference. She runs cross country and track and field.

She was a two-time cross-country state qualifier in 2014 and 2016. In 2016, she placed eighth in the OCIAA, third in Section 9, and 26th in states.

She was voted Section 9 Class B Sportsmanship Award winner. She was a 2016 member of the 4x800 relay team, holding the school record, qualifying for the states and nationals.

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