Joy Wins Women's Title to Lead XC at 2005 America East Championships

Oct. 29, 2005

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Vestal, N.Y. - Leonora Joy captured the women's individual title to lead the Stony Brook cross country teams at the 2005 America East Championships at the Binghamton University Course on Saturday afternoon. The women's team posted a runner-up finish en route to the Seawolves' Andy Ronan and Amy Gosztyla earning Women's Coaching Staff of the Year honors, as voted on by the league's head coaches.

Joy, who won the race by 25 seconds, covered the 5000-meter course in 18:04.7, marking the third time in the last four years that Stony Brook has taken home the women's title at the champioships. Jackie Nunez (2003) and Jenny Payne (2002) also posted individual titles for Stony Brook, which finished second in the championship for the third time in the past four years.

America East Commissioner Patrick Nero and women's champion Leonora Joy

"Leonora had an outstanding peformance today," said Ronan. "She was very determined to win the title that she barley missed out on winning last year. We had a teriffic team performance as well and we challenged Boston University for the title right fromt he start of the race, but came out a little short. I am very proud of the effort the team put forth."

Joy paced three Seawolves who earned All-Conference honors, finishing in the top 10. Dana Hastie was sixth overall in 18:49.4, while Sarah Herbert was ninth in 18:58.0. Rounding out the top five for SB were Lauren Gengo in 16th in 19:23.7 and Kerry Salzano in 24th in 19:45.8.

On the men's side, sophomore Shaun Krawitz also posted an outstanding effort, earning All-Conference honors after finishing third overall in 26:00.5 over the 8000-meter course.

"Shaun had a big break through finishing in top three, with his goal at the beginning of the day to finish in the top five. He achieved all that and more, and that performance sets him up for a bright future."

Krawitz was followed by Sean Sullivan in 33rd in 27:30.9, Bill Anderson in 42nd in 27:50.3, Michael Petrina in 50th in 28:33.5 and Chris Roertgen in 52nd in 29:00.8.

Boston University won the women's title for the second straight year with 40 points, just in front of runner-up Stony Brook with 56 points. New Hampshire was third (89 points) followed by host Binghamton in fourth (103), Vermont in fifth (137), Albany in sixth (142), Maine in seventh (153), UMBC in eighth (192) and Hartford in ninth (264).

UMBC took home the men's title with 52 points followed by New Hampshire in second (62 points), Maine in third (71), Boston University in fourth (91), Albany in fifth (103), Vermont in sixth (165), Stony Brook in seventh (180), Binghamton in eighth (194) and Hartford in ninth (280).

The women's all-conference team, which is made up of the top-10 finishers in the championship event, consists of Stony Brook's Joy (first), Dana Hastie (sixth) and Sarah Herbert (ninth), Binghamton's Katie Radzik (third) and Stacy Kramer (seventh), Boston University's Ryan (second), Abbey Sadowski (fourth) and Christine Laakso (eighth), Maine's Heather Jovanelli (10th) and New Hampshire's Catherine Parker (fifth).

The men's all-conference squad features Stony Brook's Shaun Krawitz (third), Albany's Ricardo Estremara (second) and Robbie Freeman (seventh), Boston University's Patrick Hoye (ninth), Maine's Davis (first) and Joshua Trevino (sixth), UMBC's Izudin Mehmedovic (fourth) and J.J. Wetzel (eighth) and New Hampshire's Matthew Russell (fifth) and Robert Edgerton (10th).

The Seawolves are back in action on November 12 at the NCAA Regional Championships at Franklin Park in Boston, Mass.