June 4, 2014
By: Kylie Strijek, Special to SienaSaints.com
Following a successful 2013 season, the Siena Cross Country team set out to looking to train in events that will help them improve for the upcoming fall season. Despite the seniors having finished their competition and many of the juniors studying abroad, this young group of runners proved that they are ready to take control.
On the women's side, the women showed great improvement. Freshman Kelly Pasko competed in the 5000m races four times during the season and lowered her personal best time three times. This included two wins - one at the USATF-New England Indoor Track Championships with a time of 17:38.15 - and another at the Rider Invitational in 17:40.79.
Freshmen Shannon Bauer and Sydney Sericolo - along with sophomore Kristen Lancto - all finished their seasons with yearly bests in the 1500m at the Rider Invitational. These three, along with sophomore Charlotte Brunjes, finished third in the distance medley relay at the USATF-New England Indoor Track Championships.
The strongest event for the Saints this season was the 5000m. Sophomore Nick Miller started strong early on with a runner-up finish in the event at the USATF-New England Indoor Track Championships with a personal best time (15:16.43) and finished the season with a win at the Rider Invitational (15:21.70). After beginning the season with shorter events, sophomore Tom Higgins moved up to the 5000m and ran a personal best, good enough for third place at the Central Connecticut State Invitational (15:27.00) and further improved that time to 15:17.29 at the Sam Howell Invitational. Freshman Nick Cornine also proved strong in the event, finishing sixth at the USATF-New England Indoor Track Championships (15:49.87).
The Saints also saw improvement in the shorter events. Freshman Paolo Fiore posted two solid times in the 1500m, first at the USATF-New England Indoor Track Championships (4:23.58) and later at the CCSU Invite, with his time of 4:06.80 earning him a sixth place. Sophomore Sal Wright also competed in the event, posting his best performance at the Sam Howell Invitational running a 4:08.81.
After a successful spring season, head coach John Kenworthy is happy with the progress. "This season has not only shown them that they are better competitors and athletes than they've ever been, but I think they are working together as a unit much better than ever before," said Kenworthy. "And both of those improvements will pay dividends come the 2014 fall season."