Christina Melian, above, won the 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:00.14 at the John Thome Terrier Classic. PHOTO CREDIT : STONY BROOK ATHLETICS

The Stony Brook track and field team traveled up to Boston University on Friday and Saturday to participate in the John Thome Terrier Classic, and once again it was Christina Melian stealing the spotlight.

Melian participated in the 5,000-meter run and won the race with a time of 16:00.14. The junior’s run is currently ranked among the top 10 times in the country. The runners with the top 16 times on March 7 will advance to the NCAA Championships.

Another strong performer for the women’s team on Friday was sophomore distance runner Elizabeth Caldwell. She competed in the 5,000-meter run indoors for the first time and posted an ECAC-qualifying time of 17:18.31.

Freshman Jane Clark also had a strong day. She finished seventh in the 1,000-meters race and her time of 2:52.06 qualified her for the ECAC Championship meet. On the second day of the John Thome Terrier Classic, it was the Stony Brook men’s team’s turn to compete.


Unfortunately for Head Coach Andy Ronan, there were not as many standouts on day two.

Junior Bradley Amazan was able to place 15th in the 1,000-meter race. His time of 2:28.39 qualified for IC4As.

Freshman Michael Watts also met the IC4A standard on Saturday, thanks to a time of 8:24.00 in the 3,000-meter race. He finished in 34th place in the race.

Seawolves just falling short of reaching IC4A qualifying times included senior sprinter Lamar Hayes and junior distance runner Mitchell Kun.


Hayes posted a time of 22.28 in the 200-meter dash, which finished him 39th. He also finished fourth in the long jump with a quality jump of 6.89 meters.

Kun ran well in the 5000 meters, placing 24th with a time of 14:44.26, falling just short of the 14:42.50 qualifying mark.

Stony Brook will return to action this Thursday when the team competes in the Metropolitan Championships at The Armory Track & Field in New York City. On Friday, the teams will head to compete in the Giegengack Invitational, which is held in New Haven, Conn.

The following weekend, the Seawolves will be looking to break the hearts of the other competitors in the David Hemery Valentine Invitational in Boston, Mass.

This is the team’s final meet before the America East Championships on Feb. 20-21 in New York, N.Y.



Joe Galotti is a journalism student at Stony Brook University in his senior year. He started writing for The Statesman back in the Fall of 2012, and is now beginning his first year as the paper's Sports Editor. After graduation he hopes to one day be a beat writer in charge of covering a professional sports team.


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