Cross Country sweeps America East Championships

Sophomore Eric Speakman captured the men's title on Saturday at New Hampshire
 
Sophomore Eric Speakman captured the men's title on Saturday at New Hampshire
 
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Oct. 27, 2012

MEN'S RESULTS | WOMEN'S RESULTS

Durham, N.H. - For the first time in school history, the Stony Brook men's and women's cross country teams swept the America East Championship on Saturday at the University of New Hampshire. For the men's squad, it was the first team title in school history. The women's team captured its sixth straight title.

It was the first time since 2003 (New Hampshire) the men's and women's titles were won by the same school.

"We've waited a long time for this," said coach Andy Ronan, referring to his men's squad. "We asked the guys to give a little more and they did. Eric was phenomenal up front for us today."

Sophomore Eric Speakman (Napier, New Zealand) led four Seawolves in the top 15 with a first-place finish, taking home the title in 25:11.43. Speakman became the first Seawolf since Tim Hodge to win the individual title.

Speakman was helped by strong races from juniors Daniel Denis (Bayport, N.Y.) and Carlos Roa (Jamaica, N.Y.) and freshman Mitchell Kun (Brooklyn, N.Y.).

Denis placed fifth in a time of 25:52.25. Roa took 13th (26:02.56) and Kun 14th (26:03.50).

Junior Samuel Kimmey (Clifton Park, N.Y.) was Stony Brook's final scorer, taking 28th (26:34.71).

All five of the women's scorers finished in the top 12. Junior Olivia Burne (Palmerston North, New Zealand) led the charge, taking fourth (16:58.37). Freshman Cleo Boyd (Kingston, Ontario), who made her season debut on Saturday, finished fifth in a time of 16:59.17.

 

 

"I thought we needed to get four ladies in the top 10 to be in a chance to win," Ronan said. "They watched the guys be successful and went about their business the correct way."

Junior Lorraine McCarthy (Waterford, Ireland) placed seventh (17:09.50) and freshman Christina Melian (Staten Island, N.Y.) took ninth (17:14.22).

Senior Kristal Conklin (Middletown, N.Y.) capped the women's scoring, taking 12th in a time of 17:23.01.