Siena Men’s and Women’s Track program are set to compete in their second MAAC Outdoor Track Championship on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7 at Rider University. The men were picked eighth and the women selected seventh in the preseason poll.
"I think we have had a great run into this championship this season,” said Head Coach John Kenworthy. “We have a great group of athletes ready to compete for individual championships, and many more looking for lifetime best times and high finishes. This is the culmination of our spring semester and I'm excited that we're healthy, fit, and ready to compete on our biggest stage."
The outdoor season has come with a handful of highlights for the Saints that they hope to take to the track. In their season opener, the women started off with an outdoor school record in every event they competed in. Siena will look to senior Kelly Pasko in the 10000m as she broke the school record and sits in 56th place in the NCAA East standings with a time of 35:11.29. The top-48 go to the NCAAs. Her 10000m time is first in the MAAC.
Pasko and Sarah Forman were the first Siena student athletes to qualify for the Penn Relays since Tom Dalton competed in the 10000m in 1980. Forman took sixth in the Penn Relays in the 3000m. She will take part in the 1500m in the hopes of taking the title. The sophomore sits in third in the league. Forman also has the ninth best time in the MAAC in the 800m this season.
On the men’s side, Evans Kibet has been breaking the school record in the 800m in almost every meet he has competed in. The freshman stands with his record at 1:52.11. He has the second fastest time in the MAAC heading into the Championship.
Travis Fairlee sits in the top-10 of the conference in the 1500m with his 3:58.10 time. Andrew Canavan is looking to push his 10000m time just slightly as his record of 31:33.19 is just off the IC4A standard. He is also sitting in ninth in the league standings.