Jan. 18, 2014
BOSTON, MASS. – Army track and field enjoyed another solid team performance on Saturday as the Black Knights faced Ivy League competitors, Harvard, Northeastern, Brown and Boston College in the Battle of Beantown meet held at Harvard University. On the men’s side, Army collected four IC4A qualifying individual times in addition to an IC4A qualifying 4x400 relay team. For the women, pole vaulter Laurel Neposchlan qualified for the ECAC championships.
The Black Knight men led all teams totaling 159 points, followed by the Crimson host who finished with 144.5 points, Northeastern (75.5), Brown (60) and Boston College (38). In the women’s meet, the Harvard women finished in first scoring 195.5 points on the day, followed by Northeastern (92.5), Brown (67), Boston College (56) and Army (55).
Freshman Kyle Wolffe opened the meet with a fourth place finish and a personal best time of 7:05 in the 60 meter dash, paving the way for the Army men. Juniors Clyde Wilson and Nathan Fisher took first and second-place, respectively, in the 1000-meter race, both qualifying for the IC4A Championships. Wilson, crossing the line at 2:26.26 earned the team’s top finish, while Fisher followed with a time of 2:26.62.
Army continued to dominate the distance races as junior Ian MacPherson and freshman Trevor Touchton took the silver and bronze in the 800-meter. MacPherson posted a time of 1:57.77, while Touchton came in at 1:58.01.
Senior Robert Barger had an impressive showing in the 3000-meter race, qualifying for the IC4A Championships with a team best time of 8:26.12. Barger, who finished second, was followed by senior Ricardo Galindo who ran for fourth with a time of 8:29.07.
In the 60-meter hurdles, sophomore Taylor Andrews proved himself in a heat of eight, with a second place finish. Andrew’s time of 8.18 not only qualified him for the IC4A Championships but landed himself into the academy record books.
The Black Knight’s 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams bested all schools as both placed first in their respective races. The Army consisting of senior Matt Green, senior Chris Smith, freshman Xavier Moss and Wilson ran for a team best time of 3:18.15 in the 4x400 relay, qualifying them for the IC4A Championships. Freshman Vincent Bartram, sophomore Stevyn Spees, Fisher, MacPherson also ran for a team best time in the 4x800 relay, coming across the line at 7:53.08.
In the field, pole vaulters freshman Jordan Worthington and sophomore Christian Mapes topped all players, finishing first and second, respectively. Worthington finished the meet at a height of 4.7 meters while Mapes finished at 4.55 meters.
On the women’s side, Army excelled in the field finishing in the top three in four events. Neposchlan qualified for the ECAC Championships with a first place finish height of 3.65 meters. In addition, senior Crystal Christian took second-place in long jump at 5.37 meters.
In throws, sophomores Justine Rennekamp and Amy Slaughter each placed third in their respective events. Rennekamp, made her way into the record books in shot put throwing 13.36 meters, now ranking seventh amongst academy record holders. Slaughter, who now also ranks seventh in the academy record books, dominated the weight throw at 15.94 meters.
The Black Knights will compete next at the NYU Team Challenge, next Saturday, Jan. 24 in New York City. A full recap and complete results will be posted to goARMYsports.com following the meet.