Women's Track & Field Takes Second At SUNYAC Championships

Brockport, N.Y. – The Geneseo women’s indoor track & field team placed second of eight teams at the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Championships Saturday. The Knights, who have recorded five runner-up finishes in the past seven years, scored 116.5 points, trailing only first-place Cortland’s 172 points.

Geneseo crowned three SUNYAC champions, highlighted by graduate student Alyssa Smith (Rochester/Brighton), who became just the second SUNYAC athlete to win four individual championships in the same event. Smith won the mile run after placing first in that event in 2009, 2010 and 2011. She set a facility record of 5:02.64, breaking the mark set by junior teammate Mary Aldridge (Rochester/Brighton), who placed third in 5:03.35. Senior Cailin Kowalewski (Fredonia/Fredonia) was fourth in 5:04.39 with sophomore Keira Wood (Lake Ronkonkoma/Sachem North) fifth in 5:04.97 and senior Brigid Heenan (Liverpool/Liverpool) eighth in 5:15.81. All five qualified for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships.

Kowalewski won the SUNYAC title in the 800-meter run, finishing in 2:17.41. Wood was third in 2:17.81; both times were ECAC qualifiers.

Geneseo’s third SUNYAC championship came in the distance medley relay. First year Shannon Murphy (Jamestown/Falconer), first year Kylie Ryan (Pittsford/Pittsford-Mendon), sophomore Lauren McKnight (North Massapequa/Farmingdale) and first year Emma Deshaies won in 12:35.89, a facility record that met the ECAC standard.

Smith placed second in the 3,000-meter run, where she was one of four Knights to score in the finals. Smith’s time of 10:29.99 bettered the previous facility record. Aldridge was third in 10:32.44 with senior Danae Polsin (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker) – who held the previous facility record – fourth in 10:39.08 (all three qualified for the ECAC meet). Sophomore Joanna Castrogivanni (Smithtown/West) finished seventh in 10:45.18.

In the 400-meter dash, junior Allison Hoh (Honeoye Falls/Honeoye Falls-Lima) was the conference runner-up, posting an ECAC-qualifying time of 58.91 that beat the previous facility record.

Hoh took fourth in the 60-meter hurdles in an ECAC standard time of 9.39. She also ran the opening leg of Geneseo’s third-place 1,600-meter relay, which also included sophomore Hannah Hughes (Olean/Olean), Kowalewski and Wood. The foursome finished in 4:07.00.

Four Knights reached the final in the 5,000-meter run and posted ECAC qualifying times. Castrogivanni was Geneseo’s top finisher, placing fourth in 18:12.03. Polsin was fifth in 18:13.35, followed by sophomores Cassie Goodman (Phelps/Midlakes) and Alyssa Knott (Smithtown/West), who were sixth and seventh with respective times of 18:27.30 and 18:28.85.

In the high jump, junior Carrie Levinn (East Nassau/Averill Park) cleared 1.58 meters (5-2 1/4), an ECAC mark that put her in fifth place. Senior Jessica Shumway (Potsdam/Potsdam) placed seventh with a height of 1.53 meters (5-0 1/4).

Senior Diahann Cuevo (Mohegan/Yorktown) was seventh in the 60-meter dash (8.14), senior Rachel Serpe took seventh in the pole vault (3.00 meters/9-10) and sophomore Elyssa Slawinski (East Northport/Northport) finished seventh in the 20-pound weight throw (13.63 meters/44-8 3/4).