GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo senior Alexa Wandy was named the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Indoor Track & Field Women's Field Athlete of the Year, senior Marissa Cossaro was named the Women's Track Athlete of the Year and head coach Chris Popovici was named the Coach of the Year, announced Thursday.
Wandy won a pair of national championships in the triple jump and the long jump at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships. Wandy posted five of the six longest triple jump performances during the meet, including a championship record 41-5 3/4 (12.64m) on her final jump that was nearly a foot better than runner-up Amber Williams from Wisconsin-Platteville. Tabbed the Division III Women's Field Athlete of the Year and the Outstanding Field Athlete of the NCAA Division III Championship by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA), Wandy also won the long jump with a career-best mark of 19 feet, 6 1/4 inches (5.95m) on her sixth and final jump, besting runner-up Asia Greene (19-5 1/4 - 5.92) from George Fox by an inch.
Cossaro closed her final indoor campaign with an All-America eighth-place finish in the 3,000 (9:52.03) at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships. She also swept the 5,000 (17:22.08) and the mile (5:06.26) at the SUNYAC Indoor Championships to claim Outstanding Track Athlete of the Meet honors.
Popovici garnered his first SUNYAC Coach of the Year award after leading Geneseo to a sweep of both the men's and women's SUNYAC team titles last month, while both teams went on to post top-10 finishes at the NCAA Division III Championships. The third-year coach guided the women to their first indoor title since 2006, while it was the first men's championship since 2012.