Jan. 24, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y. -Army track and field competed in one final tune-up before the annual Star Meet with Navy as the Black Knights traveled to The Armory on Friday for the NYU Team Challenge. Senior captain Chris Smith won the 400- meter dash with a time of 49.95, while freshman Taylor Andrews placed second with another IC4A qualifying mark in the 60 meter hurdles.
"This meet was a good test of where we are heading into the season," said Army head coach Troy Engle. "I am proud of what we accomplished today and we're ready for next weekend's invitational at Navy."
The men's 60-meter hurdles were one of the night's highlights as three Army men placed in the top five finals. Andrews crossed the line at 8.24 for a second-place finish and IC4A qualifying time, while Nick Beavers followed in with a fourth-place finish clocking in at 8.54 and senior James Holland rounded out the Army finishers with a fifth-place finish (8.63).
Smith bested all runners in the 400-meter dash as he led freshman Xavier Moss who captured a fourth-place finish with a time of 49.58. Sophomores Othie Freeny and Chris Carnegie rounded out the sprints for Army with a third-place finish (22.39) in the 200-meter dash and a seventh-place finish (7.03) in the 60-meter dash, respectively.
Seniors Josh Ecker and Joseph Hannigan each collected a third-place finish in their respective races for the Black Knights. Ecker crossed the line at 4:17.25 in the mile and was followed by teammate junior Cody Barger who finished seventh with a time of 4:19.18. Hannigan recorded a time of 1:06.04 in the 500-meter race rounding out the top-three.
Army's 4x400 relay team of Smith, Moss, freshman Jose Santana and senior Matt Green bested all teams on the night with a time of 3:17.40, beating the IC4A qualifying mark by more than two seconds.
In the field, Freshman Jordan Worthington bested all athletes in the pole vault as with a height of 4.75 meters.
On the women's side, junior Laurel Neposchlan, sophomore Megan Gremar and sophomore Ashley Zeitvogel all tied for second in the pole vault as all Army athletes topped a height of 3.45 meters.
The highlight of Army's indoor season will take place next weekend in Annapolis, Md., when the Black Knights compete in the Navy Invitational on Saturday, Feb.1, for the annual Star Meet. The women's meet is set to begin at 11 a.m., and will be followed by the men's competition at 2 p.m.