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Wozny Headed to Team USA Trials

July 8, 2017
Baseball 2017

Wozny helped lead the baseball team to its best start since 1995 (PC: Linnea Piazza)

On Thursday, Joe Wozny was one of 54 players from across the nation selected for the Team USA 15U trials which begin on July 30th at the National Training Complex in Cary, NC. The initial roster will swell to 72 participants after the 14U National Team Development Program, be reduced to 34 after the first cut, then further trimmed to 20 after the second phase of tryouts on August 2nd.

Once the roster is finalized the National Team will travel to Cartegena, Colombia for the 2017 COPABE Pan Am Games, an event the United States has won the last two years. Players are chosen for the trials from the 15U National Team Championships, the USA Baseball 14U National Team Identification Series, the National Team Development Program, and recommendations from professional scouts, as well as college and high school coaches.

Wozny had an impressive freshman campaign in his first year with the Bears, bringing tremendous experience to the team despite his youth. On the mound he earned 3 wins, 65 strikeouts, a 2.91 ERA, and a 1.34 WHIP in 31.1 innings of work. He was equally prolific at the plate, recording 9 RBIs, 13 walks, 12 runs, and a .908 OPS while striking out a team-low 8 times. Additionally, he led the team in hits (19), batting average (.380), and on base percentage (.508). His contributions helped the Bears get out to their best start since 1995 and its most wins since 1999.

Wozny has stayed busy since the close of his high school season. On Thursday he helped his Team Elite squad win the Perfect Game BCS Championship in Fort Meyers, FL. Three days earlier he pitched three no-hit innings for Team Elite while hitting 85 mph on the radar gun.

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USA Baseball

Gallery: The Year in Pictures 2016-17

July 1, 2017

The 95th year of Stony Brook athletics was a historic one for the Bears. Three teams placed new banners on the walls of Swanson Gymnasium as the girls’ volleyball team won the first County Championship in program history, the boys’ soccer team won its first League Championship in twelve years, and the boys’ basketball team earned a trip to the program’s first State Final Four.

The badminton teams each set program records for wins in their third season of existence, the baseball team had its best season since 1999, the cross country teams each finished runner-up at the Suffolk County Championships, the boys’ lacrosse team returned to the field for the first time since 2006, and the boys’ tennis team turned in its best season ever in League V.

Individually, Jyles Etienne broke the Suffolk County outdoor (7′ 1.75″) and indoor (7′ 2.5″) high jump records and had the top indoor height in America this season. In the pool, Rachel Crane, Yesenia McKee, Rebecca Crane, and Francine Leung reset the 200 medley relay school record and the Cranes, Leung, and Josie Levy broke the school record in the 400 freestyle relay, both at the Suffolk County Championships. Additionally, individuals on twelve teams qualified for postseason competition in badminton, cross country, golf, swimming, tennis, track, and wrestling.

Yet, far more important than the accomplishments, our student-athletes grew in ways the extend beyond the boundaries of the playing field. They developed virtues, learned lessons, and faced challenges that will not only make them better athletes, but better spouses, parents, friends, and leaders in the years to come. It is this growth that made the 2016-17 year in athletics so successful.

Here are some images from the year courtesy of Bruce Jeffrey and his yearbook staff.

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Etienne 4th at New Balance Nationals

June 22, 2017

Jyles Etienne ended his Stony Brook career on Saturday by finishing 4th at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals high jump championship in Greensboro, NC. Though he did not attain his goal of winning the event after his runner-up finish a season ago, his performance was nonetheless an impressive one.

After his Suffolk County record-setting 7′ 2.5″ leap at the St. Anthony’s Invitational in early May, he experienced discomfort in his plant foot that steadily grew worse. He was able to repeat as the Division III Champion at the end of May but did not attempt a jump past 6′ 6″ due to the pain. The injury kept him out of the Suffolk County and New York State Championships, costing him the opportunity to defend each of those crowns. The pain improved enough for him to jump last Saturday and, far from his top form and nearly a month removed from competition, he was able to muster a final leap that earned him All-American status for a second straight year.

As Etienne moves on to Indiana, he closes one of the greatest careers in the 95 years of Stony Brook athletics.

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New Balance High Jump Championship Top 10 Results

  1. Daniel Claxton – Nesconset, NY – 7′ 0.25″
  2. Nate Patterson – Plymouth, IN – 7′ 0.25″
  3. Safir Scott – Greenwich, CT – 7′ 0.25
  4. Jyles Etienne – Stony Brook, NY – 6′ 10.25″
  5. Fernando Lamin – Burlington, MA – 6′ 8.25
  6. Carl Nesbitt – Vestavia Hills, AL – 6′ 8.25″
  7. Albert Kalala – Cincinnati, OH – 6′ 8.25″
  8. Augustus Karweh – Providence, RI – 6′ 8.25″
  9. Preston Swiggart – Houston, TX – 6′ 8.25″
  10. Trey Causey – Winchester, VA – 6′ 8.25″

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New Balance

New Balance Nationals High Jump Preview

June 15, 2017
Etienne New Balance B Track 2016

Etienne at last year’s NB Outdoor Nationals (2nd/6’10.25″)

This weekend the New Balance Outdoor Nationals kick off in Greensboro, NC at North Carolina A&T State University. Jyles Etienne, after missing out on the chance to defend his Suffolk County and New York State Championships due to a heel injury, will be back in action and eager to improve upon his runner-up finish at last year’s Nationals.

The Indiana-bound senior jumps on Sunday morning at 11:00am.

Below is a preview of the talented field comprised of some of the nation’s best jumpers representing fifteen different states. They are listed in order of their top outdoor jump.

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New Balance Outdoor Nationals High Jump Field

  • #1 Kyle Garland – Philadelphia, PA – 7′ 2″
  • #1 Nate Patterson – Plymouth, IN – 7′ 2″
  • #3 Daniel Claxton – Nesconset, NY – 7′ 1.75″
  • #3 Jyles Etienne – Stony Brook, NY – 7′ 1.75″
  • #5 Qayyim Ali – Williamsport, PA – 7′ 1″
  • #5 Greg Lauray – Bethlehem, PA – 7′ 1″
  • #7 Albert Kalala – Cincinnati, OH – 7′ 0″
  • #8 Jaasiel Torres – Sarasota, FL – 6′ 11.5″
  • #9 Brandon Burke – Churchville, NY – 6′ 10″
  • #9 Augustus Karweh – Providence, RI – 6′ 10″
  • #9 Danny Renwick – Marion, MA – 6′ 10″
  • #9 Safir Scott – Greenwich, CT – 6′ 10″
  • #13 Juan Warren – Battle Creek, MI – 6′ 9″
  • #14 Trey Causey – Winchester, VA – 6′ 8″
  • #14 Israel Diaz – Inverness, FL – 6′ 8″
  • #14 Nathaniel Harrison-Moore – Hagerstown, MD – 6′ 8″
  • #14 Fernando Lamin – Burlington, MA – 6′ 8″
  • #14 Frank Massey – Chicago Heights, IL – 6′ 8″
  • #14 Daenah Pressley – Culpepper, VA – 6′ 8″
  • #14 Nik Reardon – Topsfield, MA – 6′ 8″
  • #14 Peter Rudelich – Batavia, IL – 6′ 8″
  • #14 Preston Swiggart – Houston, TX – 6′ 8″
  • #14 Jordan Walker – Alexandria, VA – 6′ 8″
  • #24 John Dalton – Scottsboro, AL – 6′ 7″
  • #24 Joshua Gilliard – Manassas, VA – 6′ 7″
  • #24 Cassidy Henshaw – Traverse City, MI – 6′ 7″
  • #24 Anthony Jones – East Bangor, PA – 6′ 7″
  • #24 Carl Nesbitt – Vestavia Hills, AL – 6′ 7″
  • #29 Cason Gardner – Mechanicsville, VA – 6′ 6.75″
  • #29 Michael Johnson – Harrodsburg, PA – 6′ 6.75″
  • #29 Skyler Lester – Kennesaw, GA – 6′ 6.75″
  • #32 Jeremy Hayton – Hillsboro, OH – 6′ 6″
  • #32 Nakia Williams – Shinnecock, NY – 6′ 6″

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New Balance

Etienne Named to Newsday All-Long Island Team

June 12, 2017

This evening Newsday unveiled their spring sport All-Long Island teams and for the second straight season Jyles Etienne has made the prestigious list.

Etienne set the indoor and outdoor Suffolk County records in the high jump this season with leaps of 7′ 2.5″ and 7′ 1.75″, respectively. He repeated as the Division III Champion on May 24th, but was unable to defend his Suffolk County and New York State Federation crowns due to a heel injury. He is hoping to be ready for the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in mid-June.

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Stony Brook All-Long Island Athletes

  • 2017: Jyles Etienne/High Jump
  • 2016: Jyles Etienne/High Jump
  • 2012: Taylor Colucci/Track
  • 2009: Danielle Spiliotis/Basketball | Donna Liotine/Soccer
  • 2007: Kristyn Dunleavy/Basketball
  • 2002: Amanda Shapiro/100 Breaststroke
  • 1999: Rebecca Fischer/Basketball
  • 1996: Jake Kenney/Lacrosse | Paul Ciofrone/Baseball | Steven Meltzer/Swimming
  • 1994: Jean Crousillat, Jonathan Meltzer, Steven Meltzer, Casey O’Donnell/200 yd. Freestyle Relay
  • 1993: Will Smith/500 Freestyle & 100 Backstroke | Jon Meltzer/50 Freestyle | Will Smith, Jean Crousillat, Steve Meltzer, Jon Meltzer/200 Medley Relay, 200 Freestyle Relay & 400 Freestyle Relay
  • 1966: Jerry Armfield/Basketball
  • 1964: Bill Oliver/Football
  • 1955: Frank Visted/Football
  • 1930: Nevin Howell/Football
  • 1926: Herbert Williams/Football | Billy Baker/Football | Marius Brohard/Football

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On This Day In History | 1975

June 11, 2017
Lockerbies 1975 Track

Don (in the lead) flanked by is brother Kevin during a time trial to decide the 1975 Penn Relays team

On this day 42 years ago, Don Lockerbie finished runner-up in the 880 yard run at the New York State Championships, losing by a nose to Baldwinsville’s Don Paige and his time of 1:52.9.

Paige would go on to star for Villanova University, winning the 800m and 1500m at the 1979 NCAA Championships. The following year he won the 800m at the US Olympic Trials, but was denied his shot at the Olympics due to the United States’ boycott of the Soviet Union.

Don would later be a collegiate star himself for the University of North Carolina where he became an All-American and the 1980 ACC Champion in the 800 (1:53.1).

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On This Day In History | 2012

June 9, 2017
Colucci 2012 Track

Colucci during a home meet in 2012

On this day 5 years ago, Taylor Colucci became Stony Brook’s first individual New York State Champion in 29 years as he ran away with the Division II 200m in a time of 22.70. The last individual state champion was Roger Wycoff who took the 500 freestyle title at the 1983 State Swimming Championships.

That same day Colucci ran the second leg of the Bears’ 4x100m relay team which also took the state crown. Mark Brathwaite, Ed Kim, Austin Sutton, and Colucci scorched the track with a time of 44.14 to become the first State Champion relay team in school history.

Colucci would go on to cap his season with a national title, winning the Emerging Elite 200m at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in a time of 22.18.

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New York State Division II 200m Results

  1. Taylor Colucci – Stony Brook – 22.70
  2. Jonathan Carpenter – James O’Neill – 22.77
  3. Jahmahl Pardner – Aquinas Institute – 22.85
  4. Ian Parnell – Hackley – 23.05
  5. Nick Puusalu – Waverly – 23.22
  6. Tyler Plaud – Olean – 23.44
  7. Erin Parker – Roosevelt – 23.50
  8. Nick Cometti – Solvay – 23.84

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