GENESEO, N.Y. – The SUNY Geneseo men's track & field team kicks off the 2018-19 campaign this Friday and Saturday at the Brockport Alumni Invitational. Here are six things you need to know about the Knights heading into the season.
COMPLETE THE SET
The Knights will be in the hunt for third-consecutive State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Indoor Championships and second-straight Outdoor title after sweeping both titles last seasons for the first time since 2010. Geneseo also returns after claiming all six SUNYAC Championships (M/W cross country, M/W indoor track & field, M/W outdoor track & field) during the 2017-18 academic year. Geneseo is the only program to achieve the feat in the 51-year history of the conference, also completing the sweep in 2002-03 and 2005-06.
ON THE NATIONAL SCENE
Three quarters of last winter's national champion distance medley relay team return for another season. Seniors Luke Holtzman, Zachery Hannahoe and Gillan Faulkner followed up a runner-up finish in 2017 with a first-place effort last year (9:56.63), but will be in search of a replacement for four-time national champion and 12-time All-American Isaac Garcia-Cassani's anchor leg. Junior Jacob Converse also returns looking to improve upon last year's 12th-place effort in the heptathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championships while senior Chris Walter (long jump) and Faulkner (800) will look for a return trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
THE CHAMPS ARE BACK
Five Knights return that combined for six individual SUNYAC Championships last year:
6. Chris Walter 6.97m/22' 10.5"
TOP TEN-ERS – PART 2
Several Knights are also back that rank in the top-10 on the program's all-time outdoor list:
6. Chris Walter 11.07
4. Thomas SanGiacomo 22.12
9. Lorenzo Mazzuca 9:27.15
THE RUNAROUND (2018-19 Schedule)
Geneseo has a full slate of meets scheduled for the indoor and outdoor seasons. The winter campaign is highlighted by the SUNYAC Indoor Championships (Feb. 22-23) at the Kerr-Pegula Field House in Houghton, N.Y., followed by the All-Atlantic Region Indoor Championships (March 1-2) at Ithaca and the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships (March 8-9) at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. The Knights will host the Geneseo Early Season Invitational (March 30) to kick off the outdoor season, while the SUNYAC Outdoor Championships (May 3-4) will be contested at Brockport. Cortland will host the All-Atlantic Region Outdoor Championships (May 15-16), while the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships (May 23-25) are set for the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.