Knights Garner SUNYAC Track & Field Awards

GENESEO, N.Y. - After earning conference titles in both sports, the SUNY Geneseo men's and women's track & field teams received several State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) top awards. Head coach Chris Popovici was named SUNYAC Coach of the Year for both men's and women's track & field while senior Isaac Garcia-Cassani was named SUNYAC Men's Track Athlete of the Year and first-years Lukas D'Alfonso and Emily Lavarnway earned SUNYAC Rookie of the Year honors. 

Garcia-Cassani was named SUNYAC Track Athlete of the Year after securing a second-straight national championship in the 1500. Garcia-Cassani crossed the finish line with a winning time of 3:50.21, nearly three seconds better than the runner-up. 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.

D'Alfonso was named SUNYAC Rookie of the Year after a strong performance at the SUNYAC Championships. He placed second in the 400m with a time of 48.62 and then ran a leg for the Knights' program-record 4x100 that finished in 41.87 and took first place at the SUNYAC Championships.

Lavarnway was named SUNYAC Women's Rookie of the Year after earning a conference championship in the heptathlon with a score of 4,532, second-most in program history at the time. She went on to the NCAA Championships, finishing an All-American third with a career-high of 4,663 points.

Popovici was named Women's Outdoor Coach of the Year for the third time in four years, also earning the award in 2017 and 2015, and was named Men's Outdoor Track Coach of the Year for the first time after receiving the award twice for the men's indoor season. Popovici led the Knights to a sweep of the outdoor track conference crowns for the second-consecutive season. He helped Geneseo to complete the sweep of all six SUNYAC titles in men's and women's cross country, men's and women's indoor track & field and men's and women's outdoor track & field for only the third time in SUNYAC history. Geneseo also accomplished the feat in 2002-03 and 2005-06. 


SUNYAC Championship Central
October 24, 2017 SUNYAC Championship Central