Christina Melian (above) placed second overall and first among collegiate runners in the NYC Gotham Cup 3,000 meter run.(PHOTO CREDIT : STONY BROOK ATHLETICS)

After the Jan. 16 NYC Gotham Cup and Friday’s Metro Team Challenge, Stony Brook Track and Field had one member qualify for the ECACs in Christina Melian and another qualify for IC4As in Chris Hand.

Melian placed second overall and first among collegiate runners in the NYC Gotham Cup 3,000 meter run, posting a personal best time of 9:30.50, while Hand was third in the weight throw, recording a distance of 17.73 meters.

Elizabeth Caldwell and Tara Peck placed sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 3,000-meter race, with times of 10:02.56 and 10:16.06.

Kaylyn Gordon took eighth in long jump, leaping 5.60 meters.

Alex Lopresti, Bradley Amazan, Thomas Wimmers and Michael Watts ran a 10:19.78 in the men’s distance relay medley, which was good for a first place finish.

However, the group fell narrowly short of the IC4A qualifying time of 10:19.00.

At the Metro Team Challenge, held this past Friday at The Armory Track & Field Center, the women’s distance medley relay, consisting of Tiana Guevara, Jane Clark, Kate Pouder and Olivia Ritchie, met the same fate as the men’s group’s time of 12:08.80 just missed the women’s ECACs qualifying time of 12:08.64.

Overall, the women took with 22 points and the men fell into 11th with 24.5.


Gordon had a great showing, placing first in her 60-meter dash heart, seventh overall in her preliminary round, and eighth in the finals with a time of 7.97 seconds.

She also placed third in the triple jump at 11.46 meters.

Courtney Warden also finished first in the 60-meter hurdle heat and ultimately took eighth with a time of 9.06 seconds.

Pouder placed seventh in the mile, 5:08.36, while her relay teammate Guevara took seventh in the 3,000-meter, 10:28.67.

Lopresti was a mere .23 seconds from IC4A 1,000 meter qualifier with his 2:28.73 third- place finish.


Wimmers placed seventh in the same race with a 2:34.66 run time.

The Seawolves will head over to Boston University for the John Thomas Terrier Classic from Jan. 30-31 for their next meet.

On Feb. 5, Stony Brook will be back in New York when they Seawolves take part in the Metropolitan Championships at The Armory Track & Field Center.


Chris is a junior double major in journalism and English. He joined the Statesman his freshman year and hopes to one day make a living writing long-form feature news and political pieces. Hailing from south shore Long Island (the superior shore, but you already knew that), Chris enjoys anything on the water, Chuck Klosterman books and nonsensical sports arguments. Contact Chris at: [email protected]


1 comment

  1. “The life of a seawolf is anything but easy” That quote set the stage for exactly what i expected to see in this article, a horribly toxic look at SBU. I hope that this is just a character and that nobody seems to hate almost every part of this day. From the brutality of watching obscene amounts of netflix, to deliberately choosing some of the most expensive foods and then being upset about it. And wow gross roommates what a uniquely difficult experience, its not like people have been dealing with that since before you were born. If someone had this kind of sad outlook and constant glass half empty look on life I would say take a moment and evaluate what you are doing. If you feel the need to talk down on your peers while you browse instagram or your poetry class is unbearable or having roomates is just too rough maybe going away to college is just not for you.
    I’m sorry for my potentially rude rant but quite frequently I hear people bashing Stony Brook for being a terrible place. It is a rarity to hear someone say how blessed they are to be able to attend college, to have 5 dining hall options to choose from, to have 300+ clubs and groups to get involved in, like the author is with the Statesman. If this is you please stop for a moment and just think about all of the wonderful things being here has done for you, it shouldn’t be hard once you get started! Hopefully people can bring a more positive outlook and atmosphere to Stony Brook campus.

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