Several standout performances highlight Wolfie Invite for T&F
April 20, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Annie Keown of the Stony Brook women's track and field team won the women's 3000-meter run in an ECAC qualifying time of 9:51.53, while Gerard Harley of the men's team took first in the men's 5000-meter run in 14:51.32 Saturday at the Wolfie Invite at University Field.
"I think the Wolfie Invitational was a success," head coach track and field coach Andy Ronan said. "The weather cooperated, and there were many quality performances for the Seawolves and the schools that attended the meet."
"We look forward to making this an annual event on the Stony Brook calendar. One of the special moments today was the attendance of several of our alumni. They were excited to come and cheer on the current SBU student-athletes."
Taylor, Matt Granata, Adam Jacobs, Bradley Amazan and Frank Gravano posted a season-best time of 3:18.72 and finished second only to Fordham's A-squad in the men's 4x400 relay. The Seawolves bested conference-foe New Hampshire, who finished third in 3:20.44, by nearly two seconds.
Freshman Allyson Laporte continued to dazzle in the javelin throw, nabbing second and setting a school record with a 39.86-meter throw, while junior teammate Andrea Giannini notched third on a 39.02-meter throw. Chris Hand was third in the men's javelin throw after heaving the apparatus 49.64 meters.
Stony Brook racked up a meet-high four top-10 finishes in the men's 1500-meter run, which featured 27 competitors. Daniel Denis, Tyler Frigge and James Snak finished second, third and fourth, respectively, while freshman Joseph Clark was 10th.
Christina Melian continued her fantastic freshman campaign with a third-place finish in 4:41.34 in the women's 1500-meter run, and Mary O'Connor beat out Southern Connecticut's Titlayo Vanriel by more than a second for a second-place result in the women's 800-meter run in 2:15.05. Page Price crossed the finish line ninth out of 33 competitors in the event in a time of 2:21.16.
Crystal Yeates, LaQuashia Hall, Danielle Cornell, O'Connor, Sandeep Dhillon and Sara Demalderis finished third in the women's 4x400-meter relay in 4:02.66. Yeates also recorded a time of 59.65 and nabbed ninth in the women's 400-meter dash.
Granata claimed fourth in the men's 800-meter run with a time of 1:55.88, while Amazan finished right behind him at fifth in 1:56.12. Jacobs took 11th out of 33 participants in the event in 1:58.59.
Taylor took fifth in the men's 400-meter dash in 49.61, and Martin raced to a sixth-place result in the men's 400-meter hurdles in 57.60.
10 teams participated in the Wolfie Invitational, including two America East institutions in Vermont and New Hampshire. Manhattan, Marist, Sacred Heart, Fordham and NYU also sent both their men's and women's teams, while Southern Connecticut and St. John's sent their women's programs.
The Stony Brook men came in fourth, while the women finished sixth in the team standings.
This was the second meet the Seawolves hosted during the outdoor campaign, with the first being their season-opening Quad meet on March 27.
Up next, SBU will compete in the renowned Penn Relays April 25-26 in Philadelphia, Pa.