History will unfold this Saturday when the SUNY Canton men’s and women’s cross country teams compete at the SUNYIT Invitational in Utica. The competition will mark the first four-year athletic event in the college’s storied history.
The Kangaroos completed the transition from a two-year athletic program to a four-year athletic program this past year when they joined the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). SUNY Canton will compete in the Sunrise Conference which includes teams from New York, Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts.
This weekend’s invitational will also mark the first meet for the men’s and women’s cross country teams who are in their first year of competition.
“This is a very exciting time for all of us,” said Cross Country Head Coach Chris Marquart. “It’s quite an honor to be the first SUNY Canton team to compete at the four-year level. Both teams have been working extremely hard during the past few weeks and we can’t wait to go out and race this weekend.”
Women’s and men’s soccer will begin their season on Sept. 8 when they host SUNY Potsdam and Paul Smith’s College respectively and women’s volleyball has their first match on September 16 against Vermont Technical College.
A new all-weather, lighted synthetic turf field for soccer is scheduled for completion this fall. The college also did extensive renovations on the cross country trails that run behind the campus through the wood along the Grasse River. In addition, a new on-campus baseball field was built and SUNY Canton will soon begin construction on a new $18 million athletic and convocation center.