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Track faces high competition at Penn State National Open

By Isabella Custodi, Contributor

The men’s and women’s indoor track teams endured intense competition at the Penn State National Open in University Park, PA this past weekend.

Graduate student Olivia Moran stood out this weekend, beating two of her personal records. “I’m super happy with how this weekend went. I went out hard in both my races and luckily it paid off as I set two PRs,” said Moran.

Moran competed in the women’s 3000, placing 12th with a time of 9:33.73. This time marked a PR of over seven seconds. She also competed in the women’s mile, taking home 35th place with a time of 4:53.80. She beat last year’s time of 5:02.36, setting herself new personal records in both the 3000 and the mile.

Moran is very proud of being able to take part in this meet, considering it was Canisius’s first time ever competing in the Penn State National. Moran said, “It was a great experience to race against such a high level of competition.”

Graduate students Tom Appenheimer and Andrew Perreault finished simultaneously in the men’s 3000. Appenheimer finished 19th with a time of 8:29.56, with Perreault behind him in 20th finishing with a time of 8:31.41.

Perreault competed in the men’s mile as well, taking home 44th place with a time of 4:12.13. Next up for Canisius men’s and women’s indoor track is the Youngstown Invitational at the Watson & Trestle Training site in Youngstown, Ohio, Feb. 3–4.

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