#Seawolves look to defend titles Saturday at America East Championships

Junior Eric Speakman is the reigning men's individual champion

Nov. 1, 2013

Vestal, N.Y. -The Stony Brook men's and women's country teams will travel upstate to compete in the America East Championships at Binghamton University Saturday. The women's team is vying for a record-tying seventh straight title, while the men's team is shooting for its second consecutive crown. 

Seniors Olivia Burne and Annie Keown will look to lead the pack in the final cross country championship meet of their Stony Brook careers, while sophomore Christina Melian is poised to continue to show why she is a huge part of both the present and future of the program.

"At this stage, I feel that we're as ready as we can be," Andy Ronan, who has won a combined nine Coach of the Year awards (8 women's, 1 men's), said. "It's going to be a tough challenge on Saturday. We're up against a very well-coached New Hampshire team and strong squads from Albany and Vermont."

A win would move the Seawolves into a tie with Boston University for most consecutive women's cross country championships in America East history. The Terriers' reign lasted from 1996-02.

"The main thing is that once the gun goes on Saturday, we compete and everyone finishes the race feeling like they gave it 100-percent," Ronan said. "If that's good enough to retain our championship, then it will be exciting. If we get beat, we're not going to beat ourselves."



Led by sophomore Eric Speakman, who became the third Seawolf to win an individual men's title, SB captured its first America East men's cross country championship in school history last year.

"It's a different scenario for the guys for the first time as the defending champions," Ronan said. "The biggest issue for us this fall has been trying to get everyone healthy. Saturday will be the first time we have the full squad on the line, but they understand what is on the line for them and what they have to do to compete."

The meet is set to begin at 11 a.m. with the women's 5k and the men's 8k will follow shortly after noon.

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