Cross Country Continues Hot Streak
Cross Country Two Meets Out From MAAC Championship
Volleyball and Cross Country/Track Standout Enjoying Great Success
Both Squads Get Fall Season Kicked into Gear
John Kenworthy enters his fourth season as both the head men's and women's cross country/track coach at Siena College. He was integral in the College's addition of both men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and assumed coaching responsibilities for those programs as well on July 6, 2015. Kenworthy joined the Saints on Apr. 1, 2013 following a three-year stint as an assistant cross country and track and field coach at Sacred Heart University.
"We are fortunate to have been able to attract such a dedicated person from the running community to mentor and train our student athletes," said Associate Athletic Director Dennis Bates upon Kenworthy's appointment. "As a local product, his strong ties to the immensely talented New York state high school cross country circuit will help identify talented student athletes throughout the state."
Last fall, Kenworthy led the men’s team to a fifth place finish which is tied for the program's best-ever since 2005. Each of the team’s top-10 finishers came in with the 10 fastest MAAC Championship times in program history, including Nick Miller who posted the fastest time in the MAAC Championship program history. His 17th place individual finish also was the highest placement in MAAC Championship history for the Saints. On the women’s side, the team came in eighth while Shannon Bauer finished ninth overall. Her ninth place finish in the highest finish by a Siena woman in the MAAC Championship since Brina Seguine (2007), while she broke the previous school record for fastest time in the MAAC Championship, which she set in 2014.
In the inaugural track season, Kenworthy put together a team where the both the men and women finished eighth at the MAAC Indoor Championship. The men finished third in the distance medley relay with a school record time of 10:17.38, which was good enough to qualify for the IC4A Championship. Sarah Forman qualified as a wildcard entry for the ECAC Championship with her 5:05.27 mile mark. Forman finished in 23rd in the mile at the ECAC Championship. The men and women finished with respective eighth and ninth place finishes at the MAAC Outdoor Championship. Paolo Fiore represented Siena at the IC4A Outdoor Championship when he qualified in the 1500m at the MAAC Outdoor Championship. His 3:54.57 mark led him to the trails at Princeton and ultimately, he finished 37th overall with a time of 4:02.50.
In 2014, Kenworthy led the men's squad to an eighth place finish at the MAAC Championships and the women's seventh place finish was the program's highest in seven years. Sophomore Shannon Bauer ran the fastest time by a Siena woman in MAAC Championship history to finish 15th overall and earn All-Tournament Team honors and junior captain Christie MacFarlane was named the program's first MAAC Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week (Sept. 17) in seven years. Additionally, Shaun VanBuskirk (freshman 8K), senior Nick Grudev (Van Cortland Park 5-mile), MacFarlane (5K, 6K, Van Cortland Park 5K) and Dominica Bleichert (freshman 5K) all broke program records. In the classroom, both squads were named USTFCCCA Division I All-Academic Teams.
In his first season, Kenworthy led the men's team to an eighth place finish and the women's squad to 10th at the MAAC Championships. Under his tutelage, sophomore Christie MacFarlane earned All-East honors at the ECAC/IC4A Championships and freshman Kelly Pasko ran to a ninth place finish at the Junior Women's National 6K race, earning Junior All-American accolades.
Kenworthy played an integral role in the success of Sacred Heart's men's and women's cross country and track and field teams. In his final season, the men's cross country team ran fourth at the Northeast Conference Championships while the women placed second and won the ECAC Championship.
In Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, Kenworthy coached six conference champions in distance events, 14 All-New England athletes and an NCAA Regional Qualifier. During his final winter, Kenworthy coached Patrick Peterson who ranked 20th nationally in the 800 meters with a time of 1:48.69 and Brianna Castrogivanni who was the Northeast Conference Champion in both the 3K and 5K.
Kenworthy has also spent the previous two years as the head girls cross country coach and assistant to the athletic director at Lauralton Hall High School in Milford, Conn. He coached 18 of the 25 fastest athletes in school history and each of his runners was named to the Honor Roll.
Kenworthy, who has served as the head counselor and staff coordinator at Five-Star Cross Country Camp in Rock Hill, N.Y. since 2006, ran cross country at Sacred Heart from 2005-09. A three-time team captain, he was a member of the Pioneers' 2008 Northeast Conference Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championship squads.
Kenworthy was a two-time Northeast Conference Champion in both the 3000 and 5000-meter events in track and field and an eight time All-Northeast Conference selection in various events. He broke five Sacred Heart school records and was a three-time IC4A qualifier and six-time All-New England Athlete.
A native of nearby Gloversville, N.Y., Kenworthy received his B.A. in Political Science in 2009 and is currently pursuing his M.B.A.