Stony Brook hosts annual Wolfie Invite
Sept. 14, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y.-- The Stony Brook men's and women's cross country teams welcomed Marist, Providence and Columbia to Long Island for the Wolfie Invitational Saturday, giving the Seawolves a chance to see some of the top teams in the northeast region and nation in the latter two.
The Providence women's squad sat atop the preseason USTFCCCA northeast rankings, while the men Providence were slotted fifth. Columbia's men's and women's teams ranked third and seventh, respectively, with the men's team coming in at No 17 nationally. For their part, the traditionally solid Seawolves, the defending men's and women's America East champions, ranked 12th in the northeast region in both the men's and women's polls.
"Both teams competed against two of the best teams in the region and country," head coach Andy Ronan said. "I felt that for the most part, the people we put out there ran solid. Each team ran without at least four of our regulars, so this was an opportunity to see some of the new student-athletes run in such company and how our freshmen men would handle the 8k distance for the first time. I felt Annie Keown and Christina Melian ran very well in a strong women's field."
In the final home meet of her collegiate career, Keown was the first Seawolf to cross the finish line, notching fifth in 18:37.99, while Melian clocked in at 18:39.61 and took sixth.
Mitchell Kun was the top-performer on the men's side, finishing 24th in 26:24.90.
"The season starts now, though, as we will run our full squads in two weeks at the Boston College Invitational, and that will give us a better idea of how we stack up against our conference and regional rivals."
Stony Brook races in the Boston College Invitational Friday, Sept. 27 at 3:30 p.m.