Indoor track flexes muscles in Syracuse

At last Saturday's indoor track meet at Syracuse University, several Geneseo runners and jumpers from both the men's and women's divisions qualified for the SUNYAC Championships and the regional ECAC Championships.

In the men's 55-meters, senior Craig Harlacher and freshman Colin Keenan qualified for the SUNYAC championships with times of 6.72 and 6.82 seconds, respectively.

In the mile, sophomore Ryan O'Connor finished in second place and qualified for the ECAC Championships with a time of 4 minutes, 20.99 seconds. Senior Ryan Mulcahy also did well in the mile, coming in seventh with a time of 4 minutes, 25.16 seconds.

Head coach Dave Prevosti said that the great times in the mile "showed a strong middle distance contingent" that will help the Blue Knights when competing with defending national champion Cortland for the SUNYAC title.

Prevosti added that Geneseo's distance runners "have always been good" and he is counting on a "good distance squad that must be versatile to beat Cortland."

He also said that he can see the team overtaking Cortland this year in the SUNYAC championships because they have "a lot of heart and I've seen greater underdogs do the same thing."

On the women's side, top performances were in the 5000-meter where senior Liz Montgomery came in first place with a time of 17 minutes, 47.46 seconds. Montgomery's time easily qualified her for the ECAC Championships and was only five seconds away from qualifying for the national championships.

Prevosti said that he "couldn't say enough good things about what she did there."

Montgomery was not the only runner from Geneseo to have a strong finish in the 5000: Juniors Becky Huben and Julie Feola came in second and fourth place.

Coach Prevosti said he believes the women's team is extremely talented and he has high expectations for the group.

Geneseo's indoor track team heads to Boston this weekend for the Boston University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology invitationals as they look to qualify even more runners for the ECAC and SUNYAC Championships.