Four Knights Named Cross Country/Track & Field Academic All-District


GENESEO, N.Y. – Four members of the SUNY Geneseo cross country/track & field program were named to the 2017-18 Google Cloud Academic All-District Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. 

Recent graduates Isaac Garcia-Cassani and Kristen Homeyer, along with rising seniors Luke Holtzman and Laura Piazza were recognized among the top student-athletes in the country for their combined performances on the playing field and in the classroom. All four move on to the national ballot to be considered for Academic All-America status, announced next month. 

Garcia-Cassani was a four-time national champion and 13-time All-American over the last four years. Graduating with a 3.34 grade point average majoring in physics, he defended his title in the 1,500 meters at last week's NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships. Last winter, he anchored Geneseo's national champion distance medley relay team and finished second in the 3,000 a year after winning the mile national championship. He also logged top-10 finishes at the last three NCAA Cross Country Championships, including a fourth-place effort in 2016. 

Homeyer finished an All-American 32nd at the NCAA Cross Country Championships last fall before finishing 10th and 11th, respectively, in the 5,000 at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships meets this past academic year. She also swept a pair of Atlantic Region Indoor and Outdoor Championship titles in the event, while logging SUNYAC Championships in the indoor 3,000 and the outdoor 5,000 during the season. Off the track, Homeyer graduated earlier this month with a 3.61 GPA double majoring in international relations and geography. She recently served as an extern with the Livingston Country Court as well as an intern with the United Nations Association of Rochester. 

Holtzman led off Geneseo's national champion distance medley relay this past winter after also winning the mile at the SUNYAC Indoor Championships. Finishing runner-up to Garcia-Cassani in the 1,500 at the SUNYAC Outdoor Championships last month, Holtzman wrapped up a junior campaign that included being tabbed a recipient of the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship as well as the SUNYAC Indoor Track & Field Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The chemistry and physics double-major enters his senior year with a 3.94 grade point average. 

Piazza was crowned champion in the pole vault at the 2018 SUNYAC Indoor Championships after tying the conference record and setting a meet record (3.70m/12' 1.5"). She went on to finish 11th in the event at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships on her way to being named the 2018 SUNYAC Indoor Track & Field Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Also logging a third-place effort in the pole vault during the SUNYAC Outdoor Championships, the psychology and communication double-major has compiled a 3.89 GPA over the last three years.