Hand breaks school record, Burne dazzles for #Seawolves in pair of Friday meets

Jan. 24, 2014

Complete Results (Team Challenge) | Complete Results (Terrier Invite)

NEW YORK – Junior Chris Hand of the Stony Brook men’s track and field team broke a school record and qualified for the IC4As with a 17.85-meter toss in the weight throw Friday night at the NYU Team Challenge. Hand, who has now claimed first in the event in all three of the meets he has competed in, topped the previous record of 17.13 meters set by Craig Matuza in 2003.

Senior Olivia Burne of the women’s team ran one of the fastest miles filmed in the country this season at the Terrier Invite hosted by Boston University, placing third among collegiate runners in 4:38.10. She bested her personal record by four seconds and easily met the ECAC standard of 4:58.8.

“By the end of the weekend, it could be one of the top 10 performances in the country,” Stony Brook track and field head coach Andy Ronan said. “It is currently in the top three.”

The Seawolves sent most of their student-athletes to the NYU Team Challenge. In the women’s 3,000, freshman Elizabeth Caldwell and sophomore Tara Peck finished third and fourth, respectively, in 10:19.42 and 10:21.00.

Junior Terry Martin placed seventh in the long jump with a 6.55-meter leap, and freshman Christian Hadjigeorgiou was eighth in the triple jump with a 12.97-meter result.



Senior James Snak, junior Matt Zampariello and sophomores Tyler Keys and Alex Lopresti teamed up for a fourth-place finish in the distance medley relay in 10:15.65.

The women’s distance medley relay team consisting of senior Robin Lynn and freshmen Christina Eisenberg, Orna Murray and Megan Cooney secured sixth in 12:48.81

Members of the men’s team will compete in the 1,000-meter and 3,000 meter runs at the Terrier Invite Saturday.