LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Cross Country Head Coach John Kenworthy announced the early signing of four to the program. The four additions are Carissa Kahn, Regina Rosati, Morgan Serkes and Monica Strain.
Kahn was a three-time state qualifier in cross country from Wellington C Mepham high school. The Bellmore, New York native has earned All-Nassau County three times in cross country with fourth, eighth and 10th places finishes. She was All Division in the 3K her sophomore year, while also earning All-Division her junior year in the 1500m. During the indoor track season, she finished fourth in the 3000m at conference while also coming in fifth at the state qualifier. Her 4x800m relay team finished seventh at the state qualifier. Kahn was part of the English, Science, Math and National Honor Societies.
"Carissa has had a breakout fall season, and I'm excited for her to continue that trajectory as a Saint,” Kenworthy stated. “I think she will develop quickly into a key contributor for us over the next four years, there is a ton of room for continued improvement."
Rosati broke seven school records at South High. The South Glens Falls, New York native finished eighth at the NYS Cross Country State Class B Championship in 2016. At the 2016 Section 2 Class B Cross Country meet she came in second. Rosati was the 2016 Cross Country Foothills Champion. She was awarded the NYS Section 2 Class B Sportsmanship Award. Rosati was the 1000m Foothills Indoor Conference Champion. She was the 1500m Foothills Outdoor Conference Champion. She was a three-time Cross Country team MVP as well as being a two-time team MVP in both indoor and outdoor track.
"Regina has shown great range from the track to cross country, and has an intense work ethic and desire to improve,” said Kenworthy. “I think she will benefit immediately from having a group to work with day in and day out, and has the ability to help the team improve from day 1. Those intangibles made her a great fit for our team."
Serkes 4x800m relay team from Goshen High School was a National Qualifier during outdoor track in 2016. She is a two-time Cross Country State Qualifier. At the OCIAA County Championships she finished in eighth place with a time of 18:52. The Goshen, New York native took third place at the 2016 Section 9 Class B Cross Country Meet with a time of 18:39. She finished in 26th place with a time of 19:34 at the NYS State Class B Championship. Serkes earned the Section 9 Class B Sportsmanship Award in Cross Country in 2016. At the Section 9 Championship for outdoor track, she finished in third place in the 800m. Her 4x800m relay team set a school record of 9:15 at the 2016 State Qualifier. Serkes was a member of the World Language and National Honor Society.
"Just like Regina, Morgan has shown that she can be a versatile asset for us in all three seasons of cross country and track,” noted Kenworthy. “She is a tough racer, and has shown she can perform well on a championship stage. We expect that experience and big race composure can help us right away next year."
Strain was a four-time state cross country qualifier from Maple Hill High School. The Castleton, New York native was All-State Third Team in 2013 (25th place) and then First Team All-State in 2014, 2015 and 2016 (17th, 19th, and 4th, respectively). She was a three-time First Team Patroon Conference All-Star in cross country. In 2016, Strain was awarded the Section 2 Class D Sportsmanship Award for cross country. She was part of the 2016 Cross Country Patroon Conference Championship team. Strain finished second at the Section 2 Cross Country Class D Championship in 2016, as well as coming in fourth at the 2016 NYS Cross Country Class D Championship Race. She broke the 1500m, 5K and 800m records at Maple Hill High School. Strain was the 1500m Independent League Champion during the 2016 indoor track season. She also was the 2016 Outdoor Track 1500m Patroon Conference Champion. She was a four-time MVP for cross country as well as being MVP in both indoor and outdoor track. Strain was a part of the National Honor Society as well as being on the Principal’s List. She was also a Student of the Month.
"Monica is a reliable performer who has shown she has what it takes to win races in any situation,” said Kenworthy. “That skill and consistency is something that made her so attractive when we are trying to build a program. Monica can make an impact in the program right away, and she is going to benefit from having a group around her for the first time in years."
The four additions to the women’s side add onto a program that scored its best point total at the 2016 MAAC Cross Country Championships in 13 years, and matches its best team finish in 10 years. They also add onto a team that had six females break the 23 minute mark in the 6K along with two women who have broken the 22-minute mark, both the most in program history.