Four program records fell when the Canisius indoor track team competed at the Spire North Coast Track and Field Open on Saturday afternoon.
The meet opened up with a pair of Canisius runners breaking the men’s and women’s school records at 3000-meters. Senior Catherine Phillips completed the event in 10:03.07 during a 5th place finish – over two seconds faster than Heather Whalen’s 1991 record.
"The Spire Institiute is one of the top indoor tracks in the country, and our athletes took advantage of the opportunity it provided," said head coach Nate Huckle. "Catherine Phillips got us off to a great start inthe first race of the day. She clipped off even splits the entire way, then dropped her fastest lap of the race to break the school record."
Sophomore Cooper Roach followed up Phillips’ performance moments later when he took down the men’s record with a time of 8:32.72. Roach’s time was good for a first place finish.
"Cooper played it smart early and stayed relaxed, just like he did in his victory last week," Huckle said. "He moved well through the field in the middle laps, followed by Jeff [Antolos], Brennan [Root] and Mike [Anvelt]. In the last three laps he tracked down two fading leaders, then unleashed a huge kick to steal the win in the last 100 meters."
Freshman Haley Keene was the third Canisius runner to set a new school mark in the meet, racing to a time of 2:22.56 in the 800-meter run. Keene would finish fourth in the event.
"Haley's 800 was set up perfect for her," Huckle said. "She had a solid pack of girls take her out in 68 seconds for the first 400-meters. She just put her head down and went after it in the last 200, which earned her the record she's been flirting with this winter."
The Canisius men also set a new school record in the distance medley relay. The team of freshmen Brennan Root, A.J. Stuver, sophomore Travis Jordon and Roach completed the event in 10:23.94 in a first place finish.
"In the distance medley, I knew the guys had a shot at the record, but it wasn't guaranteed," Huckle said. "Three of them had already run personal bests on their own races earlier in the day, but A.J. was the biggest question mark. He hadn't run in a week because of a sore knee. He came up big in the 400-meter leg, and then two outstanding races by Travis and Cooper sealed the record and the win for us."
In addition to the record-breaking performances, the Griffs also saw a strong performance from Jordon in the mile, he finished second with a time of 4:25.19.
"We are really up to speed now, and looking forward to heading down to the Armory in a month for MAACs," Huckle said.
First, Canisius will need to complete two more regular season meets, the first coming Saturday at SUNY Brockport. The meet is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.