25th-seeded Melian falls just short of NCAA Championships

Melian nearly stunned the field and qualified for the NCAA Championships in her NCAA Regionals debut
 
Melian nearly stunned the field and qualified for the NCAA Championships in her NCAA Regionals debut
 
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May 31, 2014

Jacksonville, Fla. – Ranked 25th in a field of 48 runners, sophomore Christina Melian of the Stony Brook women’s track and field team nearly became one of 12 runners to advance to the NCAA Championships in the 5,000-meters. The Staten Island, N.Y., native placed seventh in her heat and 15th overall in 16:19.05 Saturday night at the NCAA Regional Championships in Jacksonville, Fla.

The top five runners in each of the two semifinal heats of 24 runners plus the next two fastest times advanced to the finals hosted by the University of Oregon June 11-14.

“Awesome effort by Christina in her first regional championship,” Stony Brook track and field head coach Andy Ronan said. “The future is very bright for her and the program with her as the leader.”

Though she was making her first appearance at NCAA Regionals, Melian entered the race with a penchant for performing well on the big day. She won junior national and ECAC titles in the 3,000-meters in 2013.

Melian hit two ECAC-qualifying times in the 5,000-meters during her successful outdoor campaign, including the personal record of 16:11.88 set at Penn Relays that booked her ticket to the NCAAs.