Stony Brook and Albany Capture Cross Country Titles
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The Stony Brook women and Albany men battled a cold day and eight other teams to victory in Saturday’s America East Championship held at the University at Albany. For the Seawolf women, it is their fifth consecutive America East title and it is Albany’s first in the conference.
Albany and Boston University tied for the top spot in the men’s race with 60 points apiece but a tie breaker gave the Danes the conference crown. Albany took four of the top 13 spots and won the breaker because the Danes’ top finisher placed ahead of the Terrier’s. The University of Maine (69 points) grabbed third and Binghamton University (90 points) rallied for a fourth-place finish. Stony Brook (130 points) took the fifth spot just ahead of the University of Vermont (138 points) in sixth. The University of New Hampshire (146 points), UMBC (201 points) and the University of Hartford (264 points) rounded out the pack.
Stony Brook tallied 40 points in the women’s race, placing four runners in the top-10 en route to the title. Boston U. and New Hampshire both left Albany as runners-up, tying with 56 points apiece. Vermont (84 points) notched a fourth-place finish, followed by Albany (98 points) in fifth and Binghamton (189 points) in sixth. Maine (214 points), UMBC (233 points) and Hartford (234 points) finished out the women’s field.
Maine’s Riley Masters set a course record in the men’s 8K race flying through the course in a remarkable 24:18. Masters won the 2010 championship, as well, making him the first harrier to repeat as conference champion since fellow Black Bear, Kirby Davis, accomplished the feat back in 2006. Masters received a tough test from the rest of the field, especially from Albany’s Chris Burke who finished second in 24:25 on his home course. Stony Brook’s Eric Speakman and Boston U.’s Rich Peters went three-four followed closely by Albany’s Paul Lagno in fifth. Lagno used the final straight-away to sprint past Boston U.’s Pete Gilmore who finished sixth, ahead of Vermont’s Aaron Szotka, Albany’s Ethan Clary, Binghamton’s Vasili Papastrat and Maine’s David Currier. Those 10 runners make up the all-conference team.
Hayley Green, last year’s fourth place finisher, also set a course record on the women’s side eclipsing the 17-mark and completing the course in 16:51. Her time was three seconds faster than Boston U.’s Katie Matthews and eight seconds faster than New Hampshire’s Sydney Fitzpatrick. Keely Maguire came in right behind her Wildcat teammate to claim the fourth spot and Boston U.’s Rosa Moriello placed fifth. In the sixth place was Stony Brook’s Patricia Barry. Places 7-9 were all within two seconds of each other. Vermont’s Morgan Powers finished seventh right in front of a pair of Seawolves, Annie Keown and Olivia Burne, who finished eighth and ninth, respectively. Rounding out the top 10, and the all-conference squad, was New Hampshire’s Elise Beattie.
The coaching staffs of Stony Brook and Albany were voted by their fellow coaches as the America East Coaching Staffs of the Year. It is the seventh year in a row that the Seawolves coaching staff earned the award.
Next up for America East squads are the NCAA Regionals on Nov. 12 in Buffalo, N.Y.