The Siena Men’s and Women’s Track programs are set to compete in the MAAC Indoor Track Championship on Saturday, Feb. 18 and Sunday, Feb. 19. The two-day championship will take place at the New Balance Armory Track & Field Center in New York, New York.
"This is only our second time at this championship, but I think we are ready to take some big steps forward from last year,” said head coach John Kenworthy. “We have a great core group, that are highlighted here, that are looking to make a splash in the finals, and some relays that will be very competitive as well. Our depth has improved mightily and we have plenty of athletes that can make strides towards making finals and scoring in the coming years, too. We look at this meet at our track mid-term, we are still building fitness and gaining steam every week, as we have much more racing to look forward to this spring. This weekend will be a great midway checkpoint that will certainly set the tone and expectation as the season continues on."
Heading into the Indoor Championship for the men, freshman Evans Kibet holds the Siena 800m record of 1:55.83. He will compete in the 800m trails on Saturday at 7:55 p.m. in hopes of making the finals that will take place on Sunday at 6:05 p.m.
Senior Nick Cornine ran Siena’s first indoor sub 15-minute 5K in Division I to take the #2 spot on the Siena Indoor All-Time list with his race of 14:54. He will toe the line in the final 5000m on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Cornine will also run in the final 3000m race on Sunday at 7:05 p.m.
Travis Fairlee and four more men will compete in the mile on Saturday at 5:50 p.m. The top-10 will then race on Sunday at 5:00 p.m.
The men also set a new school record and qualified for the IC4A Championship in the Distance Medley Relay with a 10:15.62 time. The men’s distance medley relay team will compete on Saturday at 10:20 p.m.
For the women, sophomore Sarah Forman qualified for the ECAC Championship and has the fastest 3000m time for the MAAC this season of 9:54.59. She also set the school record in the mile of 5:03.94 which is eighth fastest time in the MAAC. Forman competes in the final 3000m race at 6:35 p.m. on Sunday.
Senior Kelly Pasko recorded her first sub 18-minute 5000m since the 2014 as she holds the Siena program record. Pasko and fellow senior Shannon Bauer will compete in the 5000m final on Saturday at 8:50 p.m. Both Pasko and Bauer will also compete in the final 3000m run on Sunday at 6:35 p.m.
The women’s distance medley relay team will compete at 10:05 p.m. While the 4x400m relay teams will compete with the women going first at 7:30 p.m. followed by the men at 7:45 p.m. on Sunday.