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sbufan

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XCTF
« on: August 21, 2018, 12:05:32 pm »
Stony Brook XCTF needs some love on this board. The men's cross country team is heading into fall 18 as two time defending champs. They have three returning runners in Danny Connelly, Cameron Avery, and Michael Watts that broke the school 5k record last winter. Kyle Kelly ran a 4:08 mile to take third at indoor america east championships. Vann Moffett and Kevin Vinolas have both run sub 14:40 for 5k. Then they bring in what has to be, in terms of depth, the best freshmen class they've every had. Aiden Smyth and Robert Becker finished 2nd and 5th in the 1600 at the New York State Championships running 4:11 and 4:12 respectively. Carlos Santos finished third in the steeplechase at state championships running 9:16. 5 of the 7 freshmen have run sub 4:20 for 1600 meters, and the slowest 1600 pr is 4:25 which is nothing to sneeze at.

The guys need to keep improving, but I think this might be the year the men's team becomes a national player i.e. qualifies for NCAAs.

I'll follow up with a similar breakdown of the women's team soon
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Re: XCTF
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2018, 12:16:33 pm »
thank you for the awareness, well done!
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Re: XCTF
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2018, 01:37:43 pm »
Thanks SBU Fan .  I ran in high  school and college and those are very good times .  It seems all the teams seem to be improving and are loaded with good talent .  I root for all them anyway . 

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Re: XCTF
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2018, 08:34:27 pm »
Our track/XC teams have always been strong. Particularly in the distance events. Glad that's still the case. Just wish the throws were better.

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Re: XCTF
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2018, 01:06:42 pm »
The women's team is in a slightly different position than the men's. Not long ago the women's cross country team was a national player with a 7th place finish at the 2010 national championships. This is, in my opinion, still the most impressive accomplishment of any Stony Brook athletics team. There are 344 NCAA division I women's cross country teams. Most if not all power 5 schools sponsor cross country. To finish 7th is really really impressive.

The women's team has actually, by their standards, struggled lately. After winning 6 straight AE champsionships from 2007 to 2012, they have not won a conference title since. I have a totally unsubstantiated theory that dropping the swimming and diving team in 2012 had some title IX effects that brought about less scholarships for cross country. Or maybe they cut swimming and diving in 2012 and made budget cuts to the women's cross country team for cost savings.

Anyway I think this is the year the women's team gets back on top. They return almost everyone from last years third place team including Anikka Sisson (3rd at Conference championships), Alexandria Ortega (4th), Tiana Guevara (5th), Talia Guevara (21st), and Holly Manning (25th). Holly Manning is coming off a great indoor and outdoor track season, but looks like more of a true mid-distinance runner so we will see how it translates to cross. Ciara Murtphy, 55th at last years championships, had a great indoor and outdoor season. They bring in a large freshmen class, all of which could be good college runners. It's a matter of how long it'll take them to acclimated to college and collegiate running.

The top three is great. They just need to the rest of the team to close the gap and they'll be really good.

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Re: XCTF
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2018, 03:49:25 pm »
Good info .  The transition from high school to college running  can be tough .  Strength, speed and endurance all play into it as kids develop.

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Re: XCTF
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2018, 04:12:25 pm »

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Re: XCTF
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2018, 05:36:32 pm »
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« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2018, 03:12:04 pm »
Another team on the rise .  Good for them XC is a tough sport at any level .

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« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2018, 09:37:43 am »
Today's the conference championships and there will be a live stream available here: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/americaeast/portal.htm?eventId=482612&streamType=video

The men's race is at 12 followed by the women's race at 1. I think both the men and the women should be favorites to win. On the men's side, it would be almost shocking if they lost. They are incredibly deep and at a high level. They probably have 10-12 guys that could score for any team in the conference. The women's side will close and with a young team Stony Brook doesn't have much room for error.

 Annika Sisson for the women and Cameron Avery/Vann Moffett should be very much in contention for the individual conference titles.

I'll be tuning in. Hoping the XC can meet the SBU momentum going forward.

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Re: XCTF
« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2018, 12:34:56 pm »
I may have underestimated Umass Lowell in the men's race. The race coverage was OK until the end where they didn't show the finish line. Waiting for team scores.

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Re: XCTF
« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2018, 12:59:42 pm »
Stony Brook lost by one point to Umass Lowell

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« Reply #12 on: October 27, 2018, 01:32:23 pm »
Wow. Tough loss.

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« Reply #13 on: October 27, 2018, 02:17:46 pm »
And the women finished second behind Albany.

A disappointing finish for both teams I'm sure. Still a strong showing though.

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Re: XCTF
« Reply #14 on: December 06, 2018, 03:50:36 pm »
Freshmen XC and track and field athlet Noah Farrelly was hit by a car while crossing Nicolls road Tuesday. There seem to be conflicting reports, but this tweet seems credible indicating that he's in the trauma unit at stony brook hospital.

There's a gofundme for his family here: https://www.gofundme.com/53d5q3-for-noah