The men’s and women’s track and field teams opened their outdoor season on Sunday March 31 at Washington and Jefferson College (Pennsylvania).
The men’s team placed fifth overall with 53 points, while the women’s finished seventh with 44 points; however, head coach Dave Prevosti said that both teams did not go into the meet thinking about winning the overall invitational.
On the men’s side, junior Sam Heller posted the lone win with a first place finish in the javelin throw. According to Prevosti, Heller’s 50.45-meter throw is only the third throw over 50-meters in Geneseo’s history.
“[Heller’s] been great as a leader because we don’t have a throws coach and he knows javelin,” Prevosti said. “He’s a guy that showed up with his own javelin – a $300-something javelin … This is a guy who really loves his event.”
On the women’s side, junior Brigid Heenan won the 10,000-meter run in a time of 39 minutes, 8.86 seconds, more than two minutes ahead of the second place finisher.
“[Heenan’s] had a heck of a career,” Prevosti said. “In indoor at ECACs, something switched in her. As talented as she is, she really took things to the next level. In [the 10k] race she didn’t really get that much competition, but she’s crying for it right now because she’s ready for anybody.”
Classmate Cailin Kowalewski also posted a first place finish, but in the 800-meter run.
“At [indoor ECACs], the same thing happened: [Kowalewski] got that confidence and she hasn’t looked back. She knew she was going to run at least a 2:15 and she did it. It’s just good to see,” Prevosti said. “Sometimes you see somebody flash in the pan, but she’s here to stay.”
Following Kowalewski were freshman Keira Wood and senior Kelly Brunscheen who placed second and third, respectively.
For freshman Caroline Gardner, a diver of the Geneseo Blue Wave, this was her first intercollegiate outdoor track and field meet. Gardner participated in the long jump, triple jump and the pole vault. Her highest mark was a ninth place finish in the triple jump, followed by a 10th place in pole vault.
“[Gardner] had a nice debut for us,” Prevosti stated. “Her pole vault is real encouraging because … she said it herself, she never had a coach. We are gonna start working with what she brings [which is] a lot of athleticism and intensity, but technically, it’s going every which way.”
“I think she has a real high ceiling … I think she’s only one step away from being that elite type track and field athlete. She was a pleasant surprise showing up on my doorstep.”
On Saturday April 7, some Knights travel to the University of Rochester for their Spring Invitational.