Siena Men's and Women's Cross Country teams had a record setting day at the MAAC Championship at Holmdel Park in Holmdel, New Jersey. The men finish third and the women finished seventh.
"I'm excited for both of our teams after today," noted Head Coach John Kenworthy. "Both programs had to rebuild after losing big senior classes last year and we really showed that we can step up and fill those gaps annually. Our men finally got over the 5th place hump and beat some teams we've never beaten before. With a young team there is so much to look forward to. The women have been consistent on holding seventh place yearly, but we were looking for more. We have a young squad and I'm excited for our future and proud of our girls for filling some big shoes this year. We're already onto Buffalo for NCAA Regionals."
The men's third place finish is the best finish in program history. The Saints best finish prior to this year was fifth as a team, which they achieved three separate times in history.
Besides being a team record, Evans Kibet took seventh place in the 8K to earn All-Conference honors. Kibet finished the race in 25:39.00. This is both Kibet's and Siena men's second All-Conference honoree, and best individual finish in the MAAC Championship.
The Saints used the power of teamwork to push through to get their third place finish as Jack O'Hara came in 32nd place with a 27:04.63 time. Not too far behind was William Randall and Travis Fairlee who came in one after the other in respective times of 27:11.78 and 27:11.94. Senior Shaun VanBuskirk rounded out the Saints scoring with his 27:13.76 finish, which had all scorers in the top-40.
The women's seventh place finish is the same as their finish last year. Junior Sarah Forman earned her second All-Conference honor as she finished in fourth place. Her 21:47.34 personal best 6K time stands as the second fastest time in program history at the MAAC Championship.
Sophomores Carolyn Pellegrini and Camryn Johnson came in strong in respective times of 23:23.95 and 23:46.96. In her first MAAC Championship, Monica Strain picked up points for the Saints with a 24:03.40 time. Serena Rizzo came in strong and finished in 24:13.39, while senior Dominica Bleichert, in her final MAAC Championship, finished in 24:24.23. Freshman Morgan Serkes rounded out the women's scoring with a 24:34.62 time.
Siena's Men's and Women's cross country program had a total of 14 named to the MAAC All-Academic Team at the conclusion of the MAAC Cross Country Championship Saturday afternoon. A total of 100 men and 102 women were named to the team.
To be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, a student athlete must complete two semesters at their institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a 4.0 scale.
Siena's honorees from the men's side include seniors Travis Fairlee and Shaun VanBuskirk. Junior Jack O'Hara along with sophomores Stosh Davis, Matt Jacques, Grant Norton, Michael Rautter and Michael Stoker were all named to the team.
The Saints will head out to Buffalo, New York for the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship on November 10, 2017.