Berube, Novara shine at Bucknell

The Geneseo track and field teams participated in two meets on April 13 and 14, one at the University of Rochester and the other at Bucknell University.

Junior Diahann Cuevo was one of several Geneseo runners to set personal bests. Senior Lee Berube continued his standout season, adding a new event to his list of accomplishments.

At the University of Rochester Alumni Invitational, Cuevo stood out in the 200-meter and the 100-meter with first and second place finishes, respectively. Both of her times – 26.7 seconds and 12.7 seconds – became new personal records.

Senior Jessica Jaroszko placed second in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing in 16.47 seconds. Freshman Elyssa Slawinski had three top-10 finishes. Slawinski finished third in the discus (110 feet, 7 inches), eighth in the hammer (115’ 10.5”) and ninth in the shot put (31’ 9.25”).

For the men’s team, freshman Luke Taverne finished first in the high jump at 1.93. Senior Nwana Okafor’s long jump came in second place at 6.75-meter.

The Geneseo men also placed first in the 4x100-meter relay with Okafor, junior Ian Besso, senior Jesse Cleary-Krell and senior Matt Hart finishing with a combined time of 42.99 seconds, a school record.

“Our school isn’t known for sprinting, but we’re definitely getting there,” said head coach Dave Prevosti after the weekend.

At Bucknell, Berube entered the 10,000-meter race for the first time ever, breaking Geneseo’s school record with a time of 29:48.95, a fourth place finish in the race.

Senior Eddie Novara finished third in the 5k with a time of 14:25.78, which is the second best time in school history.

“He’s been gold,” said Prevosti.

“Overall, this group just continues to impress,” said Prevosti. “You have to earn the right to go to this meet, and our runners steadily improve.”

The Knights will host the Geneseo Open on Saturday April 21. Events begin at 10 a.m.