Track & field athletes achieve personal records at invitationals

The Knights continue to run, jump and hurdle to success, as they are coming off a magnificent weekend, one of which included several performances that resulted in nationally ranked scores. 

The Geneseo men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams sent athletes to compete at both the Bucknell Bison Open and at the Brockport Multi & Invitational on Saturday Jan. 28. 

At Bucknell University, the men’s team saw sophomore distance runner Gillan Faulkner record the second fastest 800-meter time in Geneseo history. Faulkner also hit the third fastest time in Division III this season in the 800-meter with a time of 1:54:45, which was plenty enough for a first place finish in the meet.

The Knights also witnessed senior distance runner Travis Briggs come in second place in the 5000-meter with a time of 15:06:09—a personal best. Briggs made his mark in the conference as second best in the category. 

The women’s team also demonstrated their skills at Bucknell. Sophomore distance runner Elise Ramirez won the 5000-meter with a winning time of 17:41:44, a SUNYAC best this season. Junior sprinter Lauren Bamford came in second in the 400-meter with a time of 59.15, a time that is good for the conference lead by a full second. Senior distance runner Sara Rosenzweig finished fourth in the 3000-meter run with a time of 10:14:96. 

While the Knights may have only sent a small group of competitors, they still came away with success. Sophomore multi-event athlete Shayna Held won the 60-meter hurdle competition in 9.04 seconds. This mark is good for third overall in the conference at the moment, as well as the third best time in school history.

“Considering the goals of the weekend and bringing a third of the team to compete, they performed very well against very competitive fields,” head coach Chris Popovici said.

Friday Feb. 3-Sunday Feb. 5 proves to be another busy weekend for both teams, for they are going to be “all over the place,” according to Popovici. The teams will participate in three meets, with a projected 100 athletes competing. 

The first meet is a visit to the Rochester Institute of Technology on Friday Feb. 3. Then the jumpers and combined event athletes will travel to Ithaca to compete in the Bomber Invitational on Saturday Feb. 4 and Sunday Feb. 5.