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On This Day In History | 2012

June 16, 2015

On this day 3 years ago, Taylor Colucci became Stony Brook’s second individual National Champion, and first in 62 years, when he won the Emerging Elite 200 meter dash at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Heading into the finals in 6th place after a time of 22.18, the senior ran a school record time of 21.80 in the finals to best the deep competition. Despite running from the difficult position of lane 7, Colucci edged Jaalen Jones of Maylene, Alabama by 0.03 seconds for the historic win.

Qualifiers after Preliminaries

1 Niguel Cribbs       12 Birmingham, AL           21.72 
2 Xavier Jones        11 Greensboro, NC           21.85 
3 Jaalen Jones        11 Maylene, AL              22.14 
4 Jordan Brown        10 Charlotte, NC            22.15 
5 Joshua Washington   11 Triangle, VA             22.18
6 Taylor Colucci      12 Sound Beach, NY          22.18
7 Devin O'Neal        12 Birmingham, AL           22.19
8 Tahshon Reese       12 Camden, NJ               22.19

Finals

1  Taylor Colucci      12 Sound Beach, NY          21.80
2  Jaalen Jones        11 Maylene, AL              21.83
3  Jordan Brown        10 Charlotte, NC            21.93
4  Xavier Jones        11 Greensboro, NC           21.94
5  Devin O'Neal        12 Birmingham, AL           22.00
6  Tahshon Reese       12 Camden, NJ               22.11
7  Joshua Washington   11 Triangle, VA             22.34
8  Niguel Cribbs       12 Birmingham, AL           22.73

With the victory, Colucci joined Paul Cuffari as the school’s only National Champions. Cuffari took 1st place in the 12-pound shot put at the National Prep School Track and Field Championships held at Madison Square Garden in 1950.

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