Melian, Speakman pace #Seawolves to sweep in Stony Brook Season Opener

Melian won the women's race
Aug. 30, 2014

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Stony Brook, N.Y. - Junior Christina Melian finished first in the women's race, and senior Eric Speakman broke the tape in the men's race to lead the Stony Brook men's and women's cross country teams to first-place finishes in the Stony Brook Season Opener Saturday morning.

Melian finished in a 4k time of 14:31.98 to beat out Emma Bolduc of Sacred Heart by nearly 16 seconds, and Speakman finished the 6k in 16:02.65.

Both teams tallied 19 points to place first overall in the meet. On the women's side, Sacred Heart was second with 56 points followed by Quinnipiac (70 points), Fairfield (91 points) and St. Joseph College (155 points) in that order. Fairfield was second in the men's race with 66 points followed by Quinnipiac (68 points), Sacred Heart (95 points) and St. Joseph College (128 points).

"It is always nice to start the season with a win, but we have to keep things in perspective - it is the first race," Stony Brook cross country head coach Andy Ronan said. "I saw a lot of positives from both squads. Eric [Speakman] and Christina [Melian] looked in control while winning. Some of the freshmen really impressed me. But the season starts in earnest now. The training and racing will get tougher week by week. How both teams react to that will decide how we do when it counts in November." 

The women dominated with six top-10 finishes. Junior Tara Peck was third in 14:52.22, and sophomores Olivia Ritchie and Elizabeth Caldwell were fourth and fifth, respectively, in 14:56.07 and 14:58.26. Freshman Talia Guevara clocked in at 15:00.62 and placed sixth in her impressive debut, and classmate Tiana Guevara secured ninth 15:14.06.

Sophomores Christina Eisenberg and Molly Persky came in 12th and 14th, respectively, in 15:40.02 and 15:54.22.

Sophomore Ryan Tancin was second to Speakman in the men's race with a time of 19:07.45. Senior Tyler Frigge placed fourth in 19:09.55, with junior Mitchell Kun right behind him for fifth in 19:11.58. Sophomore Matthew Lee and freshman Joseph Acito rounded out Stony Brook's race-high six top-10 finishes by nabbing seventh and eighth, respectively, in 19:26.02 and 19:30.37.

Freshman Hans Zanger capped a promising debut when he crossed the line in 19:42.14 for 12th. Senior Matthew Zampariello was 13th in 19:43.64, and sophomore Gabriel Vazquez came in 14th in 19:46.45. Freshman Brent Freestone placed 19th in 20:00.08.

Stony Brook next hosts the Wolfie Invite Saturday, Sept. 13 at 10:30 a.m.