Both Distance Medley Relay Teams Record Third-Place Finishes At NCAA Championships

Naperville, Ill. – Geneseo’s women's and men's distance medley relay teams both finished third at the NCAA Championships Friday.

The women's team recorded a third-place finish, posting a school-record time of 11:34.65.

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) entered the meet as the second seed and lowered their week-old school record by almost six seconds.

All four Knights earned all-America honors (awarded to the top eight finishers in each event). Smith is now a two-time all-American (she placed fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2011 outdoor meet); the other Knights are all first-time all-Americans.

Their performance matched Geneseo’s highest finish in the event; the 2006 distance medley relay team also took third with the Knights placing fourth in 2005 and seventh in 2007.

The Knights’ six points place them in a 13th-place tie in the team standings after the first of two days of competition at the NCAA Championships.


On the men's side, Geneseo finished third at the NCAA Championships Friday, posting a time of 10:00.33.

The quartet of senior Chris Carter (Grand Island/Grand Island), senior Jesse Cleary-Krell (Syracuse/Westhill), junior Tony George (West Seneca West/West Seneca) and senior Alex Brimstein (Webster/Thomas) finished just 0.1 seconds out of second place.

All four Knights earned all-America honors (awarded to the top eight finishers in each event). Brimstein is now a two-time all-American (he placed 10th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in the fall).  Their performance was Geneseo’s highest finish in the event; the 2010 distance medley relay team placed seventh.

The Knights’ six points place them in a ninth-place tie in the team standings after the first of two days of competition at the NCAA Championships.