Siena Men’s and Women’s track programs opened up their third varsity indoor track season at the Great Dane Classic in Staten Island, New York. The Saints recorded seven personal records, while 13 student athletes participated in events for the first time for Siena.
“Its early in our season so today was just to get out on the track and get back into competitive mindset,” said head coach John Kenworthy. “The goal across the board was to start the season off on the right food and get momentum as we get into the rhythm of competing again. I think we had many performances that did exactly that. We’re in a good place right now and each week should be another step in the right direction this winter.”
Stosh Davis took seventh place in the 5000m with a personal best 15:09.07, which stands as the fifth fastest 5000m time in Siena history. Andrew Canavan finished the race in 15:26.95, while Aidan Canavan who took on the event for the first time in the Green & Gold finished in 15:47.44.
Sarah Forman took seventh place in the 3000m with a time of 10:02.15. In Morgan Serkes and Regina Rosati’s first indoor performance donning the Green and Gold they finished in respective times of 10:53.04 and 10:46.17.
Camryn Johnson set a personal record as well in the 5000m race when she finished in 18:39.50. Her twin sister Sydney Johnson was not far behind with her personal best finish of 18:49.47. Carissa Kahn came in at 19:10.29, which stands as her collegiate best.
In the 3000m for the men, Michael Rautter set a new personal record of 8:41.12, which is the fifth fastest time in Siena. Travis Fairlee was just behind him with his 8:42.89 finish. Jack O’Hara set a new personal best time of 8:44.40, while William Randall came in at 8:53.89.
Evans Kibet finished 12th overall with his 2:33.26 1000m run, which is just less than a second off his personal best. Matt Jacques set a personal record with his 2:36.93 finish. Jacob Greski, Ryan Holland and Grant Norton all competed in the event for the first time for Siena. Greski came in at 2:40.71, while Holland and Norton finished in respective times of 2:47.97 and 2:53.54.
Luciano Fiore ran the mile in 4:34.41, while Michael Stoker, who took place in the event for the first time, finished in 4:37.11. On the women’s side in the mile, Monica Strain now has the fourth fastest female mile in track with a 5:16.77. Abbi Wright set a personal record of 5:26.74 in the race.
Jaimie Polanco was the sole 800m female in the race and she now stands as the fourth fastest in the event for Siena with her 2:26.45 time. Ittai Rosales took place in the 800m for the men and came through at 2:13.71. Holly Bednarek took place in the 500m for the Saints and finished in 1:25.59.
Kibet, Holland, Fiore and Rosales set a new Siena record in the 4x400m relay with their finish of 3:29.94. Bednarek, Polanco, Wright and Strain took on the 4x400m relay for the first time for the women and finished in 4:19.23, which stands as the second fastest time at Siena.
Siena will roll right along in their indoor season as they head up to Ithaca, New York for the Cornell Upstate Challenge on Saturday, January 20.