Geneseo's Distance Medley Relay Teams Qualify For NCAA Championships

GENESEO, N.Y. – Geneseo will be sending eight competitors to this weekend’s NCAA Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships (Friday and Saturday at North Central). Both the men’s and women’s distance medley relay teams have qualified for the NCAA Championships.

On the men’s side, the Knights have the top-ranked distance medley relay team in the nation. The quartet of senior Chris Carter (Grand Island/Grand Island)Jesse Cleary-Krell (Syracuse/Westhill), junior Tony George (West Seneca West/West Seneca) and senior Alex Brimstein (Webster/Thomas) posted a time of 9:56.22 (the program’s third-fastest time ever), at Tufts’ Last Chance Meet Saturday, bettering their 10:06.32 from earlier this season. This marks the third time the Knights have qualified for nationals in the distance medley relay and the first time they’ve been the top seed. Geneseo earned all-America honors in the event in 2010 with a seventh-place finish.

On the women’s side, Geneseo is ranked second – less than a second behind top-ranked Middlebury. The quartet of sophomore Keira Wood (Lake Ronkonkoma/Sachem North), junior Allison Hoh (Honeoye Falls/Honeoye Falls-Lima), senior Cailin Kowalewski (Fredonia/Fredonia) and graduate student Alyssa Smith (Rochester/Brighton) won the event at Tufts Saturday with a time of 11:40.49. That performance lopped more than 11 seconds off their school mark of 11:51.64 from earlier this season. This marks the fourth time a Knight team has qualified for the NCAA Championships in the distance medley relay and the highest they’ve ever been seeded. All three previous qualifiers posted all-America finishes, with Geneseo placing fourth in 2005, third in 2006 and seventh in 2007.