Women take fifth, men eighth at NYU Team Challenge

Lamar Hayes placed in the top-10 in three events, including a win in the men's long jump.

Jan. 19, 2013


Stony Brook, N.Y. - Freshman Christina Melian won the women's mile with an ECAC-qualifying time of 4:56.80, while sophomore Tyler Frigge broke the tape in the men's mile in a season-best mark of 4:18.55 to help the Stony Brook women's and men's track and field teams place fifth and eighth, respectively, at the NYU Team Challenge Saturday in New York City. Overall, SBU tallied 10 top-five results and won three events with Lamar Hayes taking first in the men's long jump on a 6.83-meter jump.

"Tonight was the first time we had both teams compete since the break, so we saw some good and not-so-good performances," said head track and field coach Andy Ronan. "We now have a better idea of what we need to work on in order to be ready for the championships at the end of the season"

16 men's and women's programs competed in the meet, and competitors who finished in the top-eight in an event tallied points for his or her team.

In the women's mile, Melian finished several seconds ahead of Swarthmore senior Rebecca Hammond and Marist freshman Kristen Traub, who tallied times of 5:02.46 and 5:03.24, respectively. Junior Lynn Robin tallied a 13th-place result in the event in 5:27.09.

Junior Annie Keown and Lorraine McCarthy took second and third, respectively, in the women's 3,000-meter run with times of 10:04.52 and 10:05.93. Freshman Tara Peck earned seventh in 10:33.89 as the Seawolves placed more runners in the top-10 of the 3,000-meter run than any other program. Haverford's Fiona Hendry clocked in at 10:00.08 in a first-place finish. 

Senior Page Price took fourth in the women's 800-meter run with a mark of 3:04.10, while freshman Kathleen McCurdy finished the event in 3:10.45 for 11th-place.

Freshman Danielle Cornell came in eighth in the women's 500-meter dash with a time of 1:19.66, a smidge behind Emily Kulcyk, who edged the SBU freshman by just two-hundredths of a second. Kristal Conklin took 11th in 1:21.52.

Senior Sara Demalderis crossed the finish line in 2:29.27 to beat out Dickinson freshman Rebecca Race for 10th-place in the women's 800-meter run.

Crystal Yeates, Megan Gallagher, Conklin and Mary O'Connor placed sixth in the women's 4x400 relay, clocking in at 4:13.00

In the women's field events, Sara Conway took sixth with a 5.08-meter jump in the women's long jump, while Megan Liu finished right behind her on a 5.07-meter leap. Liu, a freshman, also finished third in the women's triple jump after tallying a 10.12-meter jump, and classmate Kayla Mazza placed third in the women's shot put on a 11.06-meter throw.

On the men's side, junior James Snak placed third in the 1,000-meter run in 2:34.74, with classmate Sam Kimmey nabbing 10th with a time of 2:36.74. Hayes also tallied a top-ten result, taking ninth in the 200-meter dash in 22.74 seconds.

In the 500-meter dash, Adam Jacobs and Angelo DePrimo earned 10th and 12th, respectively, in times of 1:08.21 and 1:08.87.

Vincenzo Battaglia, Hayes, DePrimo and Robert Taylor teamed up for a fourth-place result and time of 3:27.28 in the men's 4x400 relay, while Frigge, Snak, Kimmey and Gabriel Vazquez earned sixth in 8:17.44 in the 4x800 relay event.

Chris Hand, a sophomore, had a standout performance in the weight throw, placing third with a personal-best 15.44-meter throw.

Stony Brook will split its squad between New York and Boston, with some Seawolves returning to New York City to compete in the Metropolitan Indoor Championships and others heading to the Terrier Classic hosted by Boston University.