Van Dalen shines on day two of America East Championships

Lorraine McCarthy

Feb. 18, 2012

Men's Results | Women's Results

Boston, Mass. - Senior Lucy Van Dalen (Wanganui, New Zealand) won the mile and 3,000m at the America East Track & Field Championships at Boston University. Van Dalen's times in both events are America East records.

Having already automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships in the mile, Van Dalen's time of 4:36.43 beats her time at Yale (4:36.90).

Van Dalen was named the outstanding track athlete of the meet.

Sophomore Olivia Burne (Palmerston North, New Zealand) took fourth in an ECAC qualifying time of 4:45.57.

Just two hours later, Van Dalen topped her twin sister, Holly's, America East standard in the 3000 by more than six seconds (9:17.35).

Junior Lorraine McCarthy (Waterford, Ireland) and senior Patricia Barry (Tipperary, Ireland) also scored for Stony Brook in the 3,000 with ECAC times of 9:50.32 and 9:51.38, respectively. Junior Annie Keown (Auckland, New Zealand) ran a 10:03.93.

Also scoring for the Seawolves were senior Carolina Cortes (Woodmere, N.Y.) in the 1,000 (2:55.64) and senior Jillian Fauser (East Northport, N.Y.) in the 800 (2:18.42).

The women's 4x800 relay team of senior Mary O'Connor (Waterford, Ireland), Cortes, Fauser and senior Justine Noel (Brooklyn, N.Y.) took sixth in 9:26.28.



On the men's side, sophomore Eric Speakman (Napier, New Zealand) won the 3000 in an IC4A time of 8:16.97.  He was named the outstanding rookie of the meet, which included his performance in the men's distance medley relay.

Freshman Lamar Hayes (Voorhees, N.J.) finished fourth in the 200m dash finals (22.14), sophomore Matt Granata (Levittown, N.Y.) took seventh in the 500 (1:05.08) and senior Shamell Forbes (Springfield Gardens, N.Y.) placed fifth in the 1000 (2:29.89).

Each of their times qualify for IC4As. The men's 4x400 and 4x800 also posted IC4A qualifying times.

The 4x400, consisting of freshman Terry Martin (Bloomingburg, N.Y.), sophomore Robert Taylor (Jamaica, N.Y.), Hayes and Granata ran a 3:17.15, more than three seconds better than the school record, which stood for 20 years.

Martin's 8.32 in the 60m hurdles is a new school record, a day after breaking his previous school record (8.34).