The Stony Brook track and field teams had four first-place finishes on Saturday, Feb. 3 as the squad headed to Staten Island for the Metropolitan Championships.
In preparation for the upcoming championship season, head coach Andy Ronan adjusted his roster to provide athletes with new opportunities.
“Tomorrow’s meet is an opportunity to have some athletes compete in events that they normally don’t do, but it will help them in their preparation for the bigger meets to come,” Ronan said in a press release. “We are resting some of the people that competed well last weekend at the Armory and giving some of those that did not have the chance to compete last weekend the opportunity tomorrow.”
On the women’s side, senior Tiana Guevara continued to show strong performances with her first-place finish in the women’s 800m run with a personal best of 2:14.40, a two-second improvement from her previous season-best of 2:16.48.
Senior Courtney Warden placed first in the qualifying round for the 60m hurdles. She went on to beat her qualifying time by one-tenth of a second, hurdling her way to a first-place finish with a time of 8.68. Sophomore Emmanuela Lauredent followed behind in second place with a time of 8.77.
In the women’s 60m dash, junior Chinque Thompson placed second with a time of 7.63, and in the 500m dash, junior Holly Manning took third with a personal best of 1:15.21.
On the men’s side, junior Kevon White tied for first place in the men’s 60m dash, sprinting to the finish line with a time of 7.01. In the longer distances, the quartet of sophomores Vann Moffett, Luke Coulter, Kyle Kelly and junior Kevin Vinolas placed first in the men’s distance medley relay with a time of 10:16.45, beating second-place Columbia by less than one-tenth of a second.
Kelly also had a strong performance in the men’s 1,000m run, placing third with a personal best of 2:29.06. In his third time running the event this season, freshman Michael Linbrunner placed second in the men’s 60m dash with a time of 8.39.
The Seawolves will head back to the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Staten Island on Friday, Feb. 9 for the Fast Track National Invitational, the last step before the teams head into championships for the remainder of the indoor season.