The Canisius College indoor track team broke another two school records in the team’s final meet before the MAAC Championships in two weeks.
“Today was an excellent tune-up for the MAAC Championships in two weeks,” said head coach Nate Huckle. “Our athletes showed that they are rounding into form nicely as 22 of our 30 competitors posted their best times of the season. We also walked away with two new school records, three meet records and four event champions.”
The Griffs competed at the Brockport Golden Eagle Invitational and senior Catherine Phillips set a new school record in the 1-mile run, completing the event in 5:10.87. Phillips would break the meet record by nearly 15 seconds in a first place finish. Freshman Haley Keene would go on to finish second in the event (5:19.70).
“Catherine set the tone for the day with her record in the mile,” Huckle said. “She took the lead from the gun and never looked back. She is going to be a force in the 3k at MAACs.”
The Blue and Gold also saw a new school record posted in the 5000-meter run, as freshman Jeff Antolos completed the event in 15:17.27. In addition to breaking the program record, Antolos set a new meet record in the event as well during his first place finish.
“Jeff had one of the biggest races of the day for us,” Huckle said. “Our goal for him going in was just to post a solid time for MAACs, but I could tell he was going to break the record by how easily he was knocking off laps at sub-five minute mile pace. He had a back and forth race with a runner from SUNY Cortland, but I knew he wouldn’t settle for second place. Once he gets a sniff of a possible victory, he is very tough to beat.”
In addition to Antolos and Phillips setting new records, the Griffs saw an additional two runners take first place finishes in the meet. Sophomore Travis Jordon won the 800-meter run (1:56.92) and missed out on the school record by three tenths of a second. Freshman Brennan Root finished seventh in the event.
Where Canisius had its most complete performance of the day was the men’s mile, as it placed four runners in the top-seven. Sophomore Cooper Roach led the way in a first place finish, completing the event in a meet record time of 4:17.66. Sophomore Michael Anvelt (fourth), junior Chad Maloy (sixth) and freshman Xavier Sauvageau (seventh) came in right behind Roach.
“Cooper and Travis both ran intelligently in their races, and each of them is within striking distance of the school record for those events,” Huckle said.
Canisius will next compete at the MAAC Championships on Saturday Feb. 21 at the Armory in New York City.