By Dominic Chamberlain
The Canisius indoor track team will wrap up their season Saturday, Feb. 18 in New York City with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship meet.
The Griffs are coming off a strong meet at Youngstown State, where two women were able to break the same school record in the same race. Both Carlin Sullivan and Anna Phillips became the first two women to break the 18-minute mark for the Griffs in the 5k, running the race in 17:46.9 and 17:49.38 respectively.
Sullivan also aided in breaking another school record when she, along with Haylie Virginia, Haley Keene, and Siobhan Quinn, set the school record in the women’s distance medley relay race with a time of 12:19.30, which was also good enough for third overall.
On the men’s side, Cooper Roach had a strong day, winning the 3k event with a time of 8:20.38. Roach and the men’s distance medley relay team, consisting of Xavier Sauvageau, A.J Stuver, and Josh Sopchak, finished second overall with a time of 10:02.5. These times, along with Jeff Antolos’ strong 5k race and the men’s relay B team, were good enough to qualify for Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America, or IC4A.
Now the Griffs set their sights on MAACs, and we’ve seen them pull off some magic before. Quinn won the women’s cross country race in Disney while the men’s team was able to finish second overall at cross country MAACs.
The Griffs can run, so at MAACs, you can’t sleep on them. Roach has been running great, and so has Sullivan. They are definitely two of the Griffs to watch this weekend. Antolos was only .18 of a second behind the first place finisher in the men’s 5k at Youngstown, breaking up an all Oakland top three and almost winning the race.
So if there’s any residual Disney magic left, now would be the time for it to show its head, as the Griffs spend the weekend in “the Big Apple.”