Siena Men's and Women's track programs took part in just their second MAAC Outdoor Championship and started day one off on the right foot. The men's team sits in sixth while the women sit in seventh place.
"It was a really great first day of the championships," said head coach John Kenworthy. "We set ourselves up well in the 800m and 1500m finals tomorrow with five athletes in those events. The finals for the steeple and 10k tonight had their ups and downs but I'm happy to walk away with some personal and season bests to finish off the day."
Sophomore Sarah Forman started things off for the Saints as she became the first 1500m qualifier with a time of 4:38.18 in the prelims. Serena Rizzo, Annica Penn and Meghan McDonough all hit personal records and recorded sub five-minute 1500m. Rizzo came in at 4:45.53, while Penn and McDonough finished in respective times of 4:58.95 and 4:59.69.
The men followed that up with Travis Fairlee and Paolo Fiore qualifying for the 1500m finals. Fairlee was the sixth qualifier with a time of 4:01.60, while Fiore finished with a qualifying time of 4:01.96 to push him over to the finals. While he didn't make the finals, Michael Stoker hit a huge personal record with a time of 4:06.67
Siena continued their day with the 800m and adding two people to the finals on Sunday. Luciano Fiore was the second qualifier in the prelims with a time of 1:53.06. Freshman Evans Kibet came out with a 1:53.56 time to become the third to qualify for Sunday's finals.
Freshman Anya Schmitt competed in her first 3000m steeplechase for the Saints. She finished in 12:30.99 for a 15th overall finish.
On the men's side, William Randall took fifth overall with a personal best time of 9:33.47. Shane Fiust-Klink also set a personal record with his 9:54.71 time for 10th place overall finish. Devin Laudenschlager finished in a personal best time of 10:09.29.
Shaun VanBuskirk added points for the Saints in the 10000m with his eighth place finish of 31:43.59. Andrew Canavan came in 10th overall with his time of 32:06.59. Jack O'Hara hit his stride and finished in a personal record of 32:20.47.
The Saints will take part in day two of the Championship with five people competing in the finals along relays and 5000m races.