LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Cross Country and Track Head Coach John Kenworthy announced the signing of Aidan Canavan for the Class of 2021. Kenworthy announced the signing of four women during the early signing period.
"Aidan has made some amazing improvements over the course of his senior year, stated Kenworthy. “I expect the increased race distances in XC and on the track will favor his strengths and training style, and allow him to keep growing as an athlete. He has a great work ethic and desire to improve and coming into a very good group of returnees, he should be surrounded with opportunities to see that commitment pay off."
Canavan makes the short trip to Siena from Niskayuna, New York. He will make the addition to the men’s squad that finished fifth at the MAAC Cross Country Championship, tying their best finish in program history. Canavan took third at the Shen Invitational in the 3200, while also taking fourth in the event at the Eddy Meet. He holds a personal best 15:50 in the 5km. Canavan also brings a 9:37 time for the 3200m and 4:33 for the 1600m to Siena. He is the younger brother of Andrew Canavan, a rising junior on the men’s squad. Canavan is interested in physics and computer science.
Kenworthy also welcomes 10 walk-on student athletes this fall. Dylan Behunin (Waterford, New York), Cole DiGiacomo (Staten Island, New York), Chris Estremera (Millbrook, New York), Jacob Greski (Scotia, New York), Ryan Holland (Staten Island, New York), and Peter Wagner (York, Pennsylvania) for the men’s team. On the women’s side, Kenworthy welcomes Holly Bednarek (Riverton, New Jersey), Allison Hill (Ellington, Connecticut), Mary McNally (West Simsbury, Connecticut) and Jaimie Polanco (Middletown, New York).
Jason Linendoll will also join the men’s squad after spending two years at SUNY Adirondack. In 2016, Linendoll and the SUNY Adirondack squad won the Mountain Valley Conference Championships. He was the NJCAA Northeast Runner of the Year for Cross Country in 2016 after his team earned first at Region 3 NJCAA Championships. Linendoll was also a First Team All-American after taking fourth at the NJCAA Nationals Division III in 2016.