The mile would be the best event for the both Siena’s men’s and women’s track teams as they competed at the Cornell Upstate Challenge. Both teams also finished fifth at the meet.
“I’m really pleased with the progress we’ve made in just a week,” said head coach John Kenworthy. “It’s nice to start getting some ECAC and IC4A qualifying marks on the table for our top athletes and we saw great steps forward for the group as a whole. I’m excited to bring our top group to the Armory next weekend and I expect to see more personal bests and school records.”
On the women’s side, Sarah Forman became the first female Siena Saint to break the five-minute mile mark when she ran the race in 4:59.95. The junior took third in the event. Freshman Regina Rosati finished the event in 5:19.66, which now stands as the fifth fastest mile time for a Siena women.
Evans Kibet took first place in the mile with his personal best 4:17.53 finish, which now stands as the third fastest time in Siena history. Michael Rautter also set a personal best time to find himself as the fifth fastest Saint in history with a 4:22.46 time while also taking fourth place.
Jack O’Hara finished the event in fifth place with over a 20-second personal record 4:23.24. Travis Fairlee came right behind O’Hara to give the Saints points with his sixth place individual finish in the mile with a 4:24.79 time.
Luciano Fiore now stands as the fastest 1000m runner at Siena when he set a personal best 2:28.66 time which finished fifth in the race.
Stosh Davis set a personal best 8:49.16 in the 3000m when he finished fourth place overall. Andrew Canavan and William Randall were not far behind when they finished in sixth and seventh place with respective times of 8:53.03 and 8:53.57. Shannon Bauer took fifth place in the 3000m, on the women’s side, with a 10:40.88 finish. Camryn Johnson set a personal record with her 10:43.04 time.
Holly Bednarek took place as the sole member in the 400m when she finished in 1:04.93 in her first time racing the event in the Green and Gold. Jaimie Polanco did the 500m run for the first time for Siena. She finished in 1:22.03.
Fairlee, Kibet, Fiore and Rautter took first in the 4x800m race with a time of 7:58.97, which is the third fastest in Siena history. Fellow Saints Holland, Jacob Greski, Ittai Rosales and O’Hara took second in the race with an 8:29.63 finish. In the 4x400m race, Norton, Matt Jacques, Randall and Michael Carroll came in fifth with a 3:48.20 time.
Forman, Polanco, Bednarek and Morgan Serkes took fourth in the women’s 4x800m race with a 9:57.07 finish.
Siena will head to the Armory in New York, New York for the Dr. Sandler Invitational on Friday, January 26.