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Women’s cross country comes in seventh at NCAA national championships

Seniors Lucy Van Dalen and Holly Van Dalen (Wanganui, New Zealand) finished sixth and seventh, respectively, to help the Stony Brook women’s cross country team come in seventh place at the NCAA national championships in Terre Haute, Indiana last week.

Lucy finished with a time of 20:19.2 and Holly came in at 20:19.3. By finishing in the top 40, the pair earned spots as All-Americans for cross country.

“The amount of support out there was just crazy. There’s not one part of the course that wasn’t packed with supporters,” Lucy said in a press release. “It’s a bonus for us [Lucy and Holly] to do well today. It’s always exciting to do well individually, but when we both do well it’s even more exciting because we can enjoy it together. We feel so excited about this.”

Head coach Andy Ronan was proud of his runners after the race.

“To have two runners from one team in the top 10 is fantastic,” Ronan said in the release. “As for the team aspect, the girls just kept plugging away. Ten years ago we were 20th in the region, and today we’re seventh in the nation. I’m overjoyed.”

Sophomore Annie Keown (Auckland, New Zealand) and junior Hayley Green (Wellington, New Zealand) also finished in the top 75, finishing 70th and 72nd respectively.

Freshman Olivia Burne (Palmerston North, New Zealand), junior Kristal Conklin (Middletown, N.Y.) and senior Carolina Cortes (Woodmere, N.Y.) also competed for the Seawolves at the meet.

In other cross country news, five Stony Brook runners were named to the America East All-Academic team, four Seawolves earned All-Region honors, and Lucy Van Dalen and Coach Ronan were honored by the United States Track and Field/Cross Country Association.

The five student-athletes named to the America East All-Academic team were the Van Dalen sisters, Green and Conklin from the women’s side.

Junior Drew Dillingham (Riverhead, N.Y.) from the men’s side was honored.

The Van Dalen twins, Green and Keown earned All-Region honors.

The USTFCCCA named head coach Andy Ronan Northeast Region Coach of the Year and Lucy Van Dalen Northeast Region Women’s Athlete of the Year.

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    missyDec 2, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    A Kiwi contigent—how about an American contingent? Too challenging? Not too hard to coach already elite runners.

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