On Saturday April 21 the Knights hosted the Geneseo Open, their annual non-scoring meet, with participants including Alfred University, SUNY Oswego, St. Bonaventure University and the University of Buffalo.
“It’s not really just a meet. It’s a community event because this is a participatory sport,” head coach Dave Prevosti said.
Although no Geneseo participants posted a personal best, the team was successful. Junior Diahann Cuevo and freshman Kristen Gottstine finished first and second in the women’s 100-meter dash and first and third in the 200-meter dash, respectively.
“They had nowhere near their best times, but they still showed they were at their top form considering the conditions,” Prevosti said.
Geneseo had four of the top five finishers in the women’s 1,500-meter run, including first-place finisher freshman Keira Wood, who won by 5.5 seconds with a time of 4 minutes 51.58 seconds. Geneseo also dominated the women’s 5,000-meter, with all of the top four finishes and seven of the top eight.
Seniors Matthew Hart and Josh Shelton finished first and second in the 100-meter dash with times of 11.69 and 11.92, respectively. Like the women, the men also had the top four runners in the 5k, including sophomore Patrick Wortner with the best time of 5:37.12. Junior Mike Mattiucci stepped up in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, winning by nearly 13 seconds.
Geneseo hits the road for the University of Pennsylvania Relays and Roberts Wesleyan Raider Open on April 26 – 28 and April 28, respectively.
Looking ahead, Prevosti said the team has work to do to prepare for good heats in SUNYACs.
“We want to get more people to qualify and put ourselves in the best position to win,” Prevosti said.