#Seawolves start season regionally ranked, will host Stony Brook Season Opener Saturday
Aug. 29, 2014
Stony Brook, N.Y. – The #Seawolves men’s and women’s cross country teams will begin the 2014 season with the Stony Brook Season Opener Saturday. The men will start things off at 10:30 a.m., and the women will follow at 11:15 a.m.
Sacred Heart, Quinnipiac University, Fairfield University and St. Joseph College will all send squads to Seawolves Country for the meet.
“There is always a curiosity factor involved in the first meet of the year,” longtime Stony Brook cross country head coach Andy Ronan said. “Every coach is trying to get a feel for the fitness levels of their squads. That is what Saturday is for me. I am curious to see how much work we have to do over the next two months to achieve our goals of challenging for another AE Championship and a high end-of-season placing in the Regional Championships."
A Look Back
Both squads are coming off successful 2013 campaigns. The women raced to their 12th consecutive top-three finish at the America East Championships, placing second and boasting its sixth individual champion in Olivia Burne ’14. Burne went on to nab 15th and pick up All-Region honors at NCAA Regionals, where the Seawolves took 12th as a team.
The men were third at the conference championships, marking the eighth time in nine years the squad has finished fifth or better at the meet. Erik Speakman paced the men with a sixth-place result, and Tyler Frigge was right behind him for seventh. Stony Brook later finished 13th at NCAA Regionals. Mitchell Kun placed 61st to lead the Seawolves.
Both squads were ranked in the Preseason USTFCCCA Regional Poll, with the women coming in at No. 10 and the men at No. 14 in the northeast.
The Cross Country Course is adjacent to the south side of the campus.
BUS: Take the Long Island Expressway to exit 62 (97 north). Follow 97 North to 347 (Nesconset Highway). Take a left on 347. Drive a 1/4 of mile and take a right on Stony Brook Road (Hess gas station is on corner). Go approximately 2 miles. Take a left on to Development Drive (Stony Brook University Research and Development Park). Follow road for 3/4 of a mile, course and parking will be on your left.
Vans/Cars can take Northern State Parkway (bus cannot) to 347). Follow 347 east. Turn left on Stony Brook Road. Then follow the directions above.
The Seawolves will hold the Wolfie Invite Saturday, Sept. 13 at 10:30 a.m.