Track and field hits three ECAC qualifiers at Metropolitan Championships

Andy Ronan watched two runners qualify for ECACs in three events this week

Jan. 25, 2013

New York, N.Y. - Freshman Christina Melian and junior Olivia Burne of the Stony Brook track and field team earned ECAC qualifying times in the 3,000-meter run, and Burne also qualified in the 1,000-meter run at the Metropolitan Championships held at The Armory Thursday and Friday.

Sophomore Tyler Frigge highlighted the men's performances with a personal-best time of 8:29.77 and second-place result in the 3,000-meter run. Tait Rutherford, a freshman from Columbia, narrowly edged Frigge for first in the event by less than a second.

"We had some quality performances today, particularly Christina Melian and Olivia Burne on the women's side and Tyler Frigge for the men," said track and field head coach Andy Ronan. "We need more of these types of efforts in the coming meets in order to achieve the goals we have set for the season."

It was an all-SBU top-two in the 3,000-meter run, as Melian won the event and Burne took second with times of 9:45.93 and 9:46.12, respectively. This marks the second straight week Melian has notched an ECAC qualifier. The Staten Island, N.Y., native met the standard in a win in the mile run last weekend at the NYU Team Challenge.

In the 1,000-meter run, Burne clocked in at 2:52.72 and finished third, almost five full seconds ahead of Shona Potrzuski of St. Peter's, who came in fourth.

Annie Keown placed third in the mile run at 5:05.22.



Sara Conway tallied 2,577 points and finished sixth in the indoor pentathalon, which featured the 60-meter hurdles, 800-meter indoor run, shot put, long jump and high jump. The freshman's best result in the event came in the 800-meter indoor run, where she finished fourth in 2:48.10 and earned 484 points.                                    

The women placed eighth overall with 33 points, 13 ahead of LIU Brooklyn, who finished ninth. Columbia secured first on the women's side.

In addition to Frigge's standout performance, Gabriel Vazquez, Thomas DuPlessis, Sam Kimmey and Mitchell Kun finished fifth with a time of 10:45.14 in the men's distance medley relay. Vincenzo Battaglia, Robert Taylor, Angelo DePrimo and James Snak claimed sixth on a time of 3:25.78 in the 4x400-meter relay.

Chris Hand secured seventh in the weight throw on a 15.44-meter throw.

The Seawolves placed 11th in the men's team rankings, while Manhattan took first.

Stony Brook continues its indoor season next weekend at the Giegengack Invitational hosted by Yale.