Stony Brook Women's Cross Country Team Receives Vote In National Poll

Sept. 24, 2002

Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook women's cross country team received a vote in the NCAA Division I Women's Cross Country National Poll released Sept. 23.

The recognition marks the first time the Seawolves have ever been included in the poll. Stony Brook began competing at the Division I level in the 1999-2000 season.

Under the direction of head coach Andy Ronan, Stony Brook has dominated its two meets so far this season, winning the team title at both the Central Connecticut State University Invitational and their own Stony Brook Invitational. Even more impressive was where the Seawolves finished individually - at CCSU, Stony Brook nabbed three of the top four spots, and four of the top five finishes at the Stony Brook Invitational.

Stony Brook senior Jenny Payne captured the individual crown at both meets, running the 5K course at CCSU in 17:46.4, nine seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. Payne finished the 5K at the Stony Brook Invitational in 18:42, over a minute ahead of runner-up and teammate Laura Hixson.

The voting panel for the poll consists of the nine elected regional representatives and four at-large members of the Women's Intercollegiate Cross Country Coaches Association.