National Champion Garcia-Cassani Leads Four All-America Performances At NCAA Outdoor Championship

LA CROSSE, Wisc. - SUNY Geneseo senior Isaac Garcia-Cassani won his second-straight national championship in the 1,500 to lead four All-America performances by the Knights at the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships that wrapped up Saturday.

  • Garcia-Cassani crossed the finish line with a winning time of 3:50.21, nearly three seconds better than runner-up Jeremy Hernandez (3:53.17) from Ramapo (N.J.). It was his fourth national title after also winning the mile at the 2017 Indoor Championships and anchoring the first-place distance medley relay at the 2018 Indoor Championships to close his career a 13-time All-American.
  • Senior Camille Wutz finished second in the long jump (5.87m/19' 3.25) to close her Knights' career a six-time All-American, including four times in the long jump. She logged a fourth-place effort at this past winter's indoor championships, as well as eighth and sixth-place showings at the 2017 and 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships, respectively. 
  • First-year Emily Lavarnway finished third in the heptathlon in her first NCAA appearance. Entering the meet seeded eighth, she compiled a career-high 4,663 points to edge junior teammate Shayna Held by one point. Held improved one spot from last year's fifth-place effort and capped a year that included a seventh-place outcome during the pentathlon at the indoor championships.  
  • In the team competition, the Geneseo women finished 13th out of 80 teams that scored points while the men tied for 31st out of 90 scoring teams. 

GENESEO 2018 NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMMPIONSHIP PARTICIPANTS

THURSDAY, MAY 24

Men's 10,000 Final
12. Alfredo Mazzuca 31:48.76

Men's Long Jump Final
14. Chris Walter 7.08m (23' 2.75)

Women's 4x100 Prelims
14. Geneseo 47.91
Hannah Madden, Camille Wutz, Shayna Held, Erin MacDougall

Men's 1,500 Prelims
1. Isaac Garcia-Cassani 3:53.58 (ADVANCES TO SATURDAY'S FINAL)

Women's 400 Hurdles Prelims
10. Lauren Bamford 1:02.69

Women's Long Jump Final 
2. Camille Wutz 5.87m (19' 3.25) ALL-AMERICAN

Women's 4x400 Prelims
15. Geneseo 3:55.81 
Erin MacDougall, Lauren Bamford, Laura Zopf, Kayla Barber

FRIDAY, MAY 25

Women's 100 Hurdles Prelims
12. Erin MacDougall 14.88

Men's 400 Prelims
20. Lukas D'Alfonso 49.93

Men's 800
19. Gillan Faulkner 1:55.63

SATURDAY, MAY 26

Men's 1,500 Final
1. Isaac Garcia-Cassani 3:50.21 (BACK TO BACK NATIONAL CHAMPION)

Men's 5,000 Final
18. Matt Jorgensen 15:32.74

Women's 5,000 Final
11. Kristen Homeyer 17:44.55
14. Elise Ramirez 17:58.93

Heptathlon Results

Thursday Shayna Held Emily Lavarnway Maddie Hammer
100 Hurdles 14.97 (901) 15.38 (792) 16.50 (654)
High Jump 1.51m (632) 1.54m (666) 1.45m (566)
Shot Put 8.76m (449)  11.13m (604)  10.01m (530)
200 26.06 (792) 27.20 (695) 27.82 (645)
Friday      
Long Jump 5.42m (677)  5.05m (573)  4.85m (519) 
Javelin 34.60m (564) 30.09m (478) 31.69 (509)
800 2:29.24 (703) 2:17.72 (855) 2:31.43 (675)
Point Total (Place)

4,662 (4th)

ALL-AMERICAN

4,663 (3rd)

ALL-AMERICAN

4,098 (19th)