Burne, Melian pace track and field at Brown Invitational
April 14, 2013
Providence, R.I. – Olivia Burne took first in the women’s 800-meter in 2:11.55, while Christina Melian nabbed second overall and first among collegiate student-athletes in the women’s mile run in a season-best 4:58.97 to highlight Stony Brook track and field’s successful Saturday at the Brown Invitational. The Seawolves totaled 13 top ten finishes on the day.
“Yesterday was the first time this spring we had the full team in action, and I feel that it went well overall,” track and field head coach Andy Ronan said. “The Brown meet gave us a chance to run against some different teams, and our athletes were very competitive in the events we participated in.”
“Olivia Burne, Christina Melian and Tyler Frigge performed well. I was also really encouraged by the performances of Mary O Connor, Crystal Yeates and Robert Taylor in the 400-meter, along with Allyson Laporte and Andrea Giannini in the javelin.”
Burne, a junior, notched a new personal-best in the 800-meter and edged out Dartmouth’s Arianna Valias and Brown’s Sasha Teninty, who placed second and third, respectively, in 2:11.70 and 2:11.88. This marks her second first-place finish in the 800-meter in three meets this season. She previously secured top-honors in the event at the Quad Meet in a then-career-best 2:13.93.
Lorraine McCarthy placed third in the women’s 5,000-meter in 17:17.56, nearly four seconds faster than Martha Reynolds of Bryant, who finished fourth in 17:21.47.
Tyler Frigge had a standout performance on the men’s side, recording a third-place finish in the men’s 3,000-meter run in a season-best 8:31.39. Frigge posted the best collegiate performance in the event, as the top-two finishers, Andrew Pitts and Dan Kramer, were competing with New Balance.
Allyson Laporte and Andrea Giannini finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the women’s javelin throw. Laporte notched a 37.84-meter heave, while Giannini tallied a 37.72-meter throw. The duo has finished one after the other in the event three times this season. First, junior Giannini took first and freshman LaPorte claimed second at the Quad Meet on March 27. That weekend at the Monmouth Invite, Giannini finished eighth and LaPorte was ninth.
Mary O’Connor clocked in at 58.25 for sixth in the women’s 400-meter dash, while Crystal Yeates crossed the finish line ninth in 58.82.
Robert Taylor ran the men’s 400-meter in 49.87 and placed eighth.
Matt Zampariello came in ninth in the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase in 10:18.71.
The Seawolves took fifth in the women’s 4x400-meter relay, sixth in the men’s 4x100-meter relay and eighth in the 4x400-meter relay to round out their top 10 finishes.
Stony Brook will next host The Wolfie Invitational April 20 at 11 a.m.