As the NCAA’s Northeast Regionals for cross country took place in the Bronx on Friday,the Seawolves’ season came to a disappointing end for both the men’s and women’s teams.
The Stony Brook women’s team finished 15th out of 40 competing schools, coming short of the top-two finish needed to advance to the NCAA championships.
Iona and Providence took home the women’s NCAA championship berths for the Northeast region after dominating the tournament.
Despite the fact that the women’s cross country team fell shy of the NCAA championships, one individual performance proved to be the Seawolves’ highlight of the day.
Junior Christina Melian earned her first career NCAA all-region honor after finishing 15th of 275 runners.
Her 6k time of 20:44.45 was less than a minute behind first place finisher Kate Avery of Iona.
On the men’s side, the Seawolves finished 19th of 39 schools, with Syracuse and Providence earning bids to the men’s NCAA championship.
Mitchell Kun, a junior, was Stony Brook’s highest placing male.
He finished 79th out of 261 competitors with a time of 31:53.13 in the 10k run.
Kun was also the top finisher for the Seawolves last season, finishing slightly better in 2013. Kun managed a 61st-place finish.
The men’s fastest runner of the day was Jake Byrne of Iona, leading the way with a time
It was the first run that the women did not have Olivia Burne sporting her Stony Brook red, after placing on the Northeast All-Region team in 2012 and 2013.