Track and Field prepares to end season at PAC Championships

Coming off of a superb indoor season, the Geneva Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams are looking to finish equally strong at the Presidents Athletic Conference (PAC) Championships this Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30.

“This has been one of the best seasons Geneva Track and Field has had, men and women, ever. We have had some great success indoor and outdoor so far,” commented head coach Phil Thompson.

When the Golden Tornadoes went into the indoor PAC championships on Feb. 25, the team was expected to finish close to last. To the surprise of all the other schools, both Geneva’s men’s and women’s teams finished in third place.

“It was great to see the team come together and be so successful,” said Thompson.

The team broke an astounding 14 school records throughout the indoor season, eight for the men and six for the women in events ranging from sprints to hurdles to throwing events.

With great momentum from the indoor season, the team was excited to hit the beach in South Carolina for the first meet of the outdoor season over Spring Break.

“We competed at a very high level down there,” said Thompson.

The strong competition set the outdoor season off on a good note, with Geneva athletes qualifying at the first meet of the season for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championships in three events.

The women’s 4×100 relay, run by Sarah Klein (Columbus, IN / Columbus East), Kaylee Loose (Beaver, PA / Beaver), Nicole Bartoletta (Monaca, PA / Central Valley), and Jessica Kelosky (Fombell, PA / Riverside), broke the school record in a blazing 49.69 second finish. Their strong finish was ECAC worthy, along with men’s and women’s hurdles and the men’s 4×100 relays. Coach Thompson hopes for even more to be headed to ECAC’s in May following their performances on Friday and Saturday in the PACs.

“We have a pretty strong group going already and I am sure there will be several more this weekend who will hit that mark that they need to hit this weekend,” said Thompson.

The GTs are enthusiastic heading into this weekend’s competition at Bethany College in West Virginia.

“If you talk with the athletes on the team they will tell you that I am more nervous than they are,” said Thompson.

Friday, April 29, the team will compete in the first round of preliminary competitions, running the 100 and 110 hurdles for the men and women, with only the top eight competitors moving on to the finals on Saturday.

“It is always a little nerve racking for me, not so much for them because they are used to it and always perform at such a high level,” said Thompson.

Saturday will be a long day of competition for the student athletes, running the finals for the 100 and 110 hurdles as well as the preliminaries and finals for all of the other events.

“It is just a fun conference championship because you see some great performances and great times,” said Thompson. “I think I won’t be as nervous because this team is really good, both men and women, and I know they are prepared and ready to go.”

Following this weekend, those who qualify will go on to compete at the ECAC championships on May 18 and 19 at Westfield State University in Westfield, Massachusetts.




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