Yeates shines at Quad Meet for track and field
March 27, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Freshman Crystal Yeates could not remember the last time she competed in the 300-meter.
In the first outdoor meet of her collegiate career, she clocked in at 42.78 in the event to break the school record of 43.18 set by teammate Katie Manzi last year as the Stony Brook men's and women's track and field teams swept Providence, Hartford and Bryant to open the outdoor season Wednesday afternoon in Long Island.
Yeates took fourth in the event, and the SBU women defeated Providence, 73-31, Hartford, 70-39, and Bryant, 76-32. The men topped Providence, 68-33, Hartford, 78-30, and Bryant, 61-53.
"It felt good to get the spring season underway today," head coach Andy Ronan said. "Some of our athletes performed very well and notched personal-bests. Most notably, Tony Fratto had a great showing in the hammer and shot put, Crystal Yeates set a school record in the 300-meter and Olivia Burne had a personal-best in the 800-meter."
Olivia Burne placed first in the 800-meter in a career-best 2:13.93, while Mary O'Connor came in second in 2:17.38 and Danielle Cornell claimed fourth in 2:19.85. The trio teamed up with Christina Melian for a first-place finish in the 4x800-meter relay in a time of 9:29.02.
Melian also logged a second-place result in the 1500-meter in 4:44.58.
Sara Conway won the high jump on a 1.57-meter jump, while Andrea Giannini edged teammate Allyson Laporte for first in the javelin throw with a 38.61-meter throw. Laporte tallied a 38.20-meter throw and finished second.
Kayla Mazza won the shot put with a 10.72-meter result to give Stony Brook three first-place finishes in the field events. The freshman placed second in the discus throw with a 36.24-meter hurl.
The Seawolves claimed each spot in the top three of the men's 1500-meter run, with James Snak earning the victory in 4:11.52. Tyler Keys and Sam Kimmey placed second and third, respectively, in 4:11.93 and 4:13.11.
Frank Gravano secured a victory in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 58.86, and Kenneth Troy clinched third in the 100-meter at 11.50. Robert Taylor raced to a second-place result in the 300-meter after crossing the finish line in 36.21, and Mitchell Kun was third in the 3000-meter with a time of 8:44.78.
"This is only the first meet of the season, and there is plenty of work to be done in the coming weeks as we prepare for the conference championships," Ronan said.
Stony Brook heads to New Jersey for the Monmouth Invitational Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30.