Jan. 29, 2012
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Army track and field battled against regional foes at The Armory on Saturday night as the Black Knight men placed sixth of 13 teams while the women finished ninth of 12. The Army men tallied 33 points while the women registered six.
Princeton came away with the men’s team title with 160.5 points, while Ivy League counterpart Cornell won the women’s team trophy with 158.5 points.
The Army men were led by their middle distance and throwing contingents, with the bulk of their points coming from those event groups.
Senior Chris Jones added a second individual IC4A-qualifying time with his third-place finish in the 800-meter run. Jones, competing in a field of 21 competitors, crossed the line in 1:54.16 for six points. Jones previously qualified for the IC4A Championships in the 500-meter run. The Blairsville, Ga., native also ran a leg of last weekend’s 440-yard relay unit which established a qualifying time. Jones’ third-place medal at The Armory was the best finish by a Black Knight.
Freshman Clyde Wilson also found success in the 800m, claiming fifth place with a time of 1:55.28, worthy of four points.
Army throwers dominated the weight throw event, earning three of the top-eight distances. Senior Grady Davis was the leader of the group, placing fourth overall with a toss of 16.57m. Davis’ distance marked a career best as well as the best throw by a Black Knight this season. The Lewiston, Idaho, native tallied five points in the event.
Junior Nick Snoad and senior Matt Dillon rounded out Army’s point earners in the weight throw. Snoad placed seventh with a distance 16.21m, registering two points, while Dillon added one point for his eighth-place throw of 15.98m.
Sophomore Michael Hoffman and freshman Patrick Taylor also highlighted Army’s point earners on the night, combining for nine points. Hoffman placed fourth of 29 sprinters in the 200-meter dash, narrowly missing the IC4A-qualifying cutoff (22.24) with his five-point finish of 22.29 seconds. Taylor finished fifth of 31 competitors in the 400-meter dash, earning a 2012 Army-best 50.03 finish for four points.
On the women’s side, junior McKenzie Majchrzak and sophomore Krystal Onyema were responsible for Army’s lone points on the night.
Majchrzak placed fifth in the high jump among 12 competitors, eclipsing the bar at 1.66 meters, worth four points.
Onyema finished seventh in the triple jump with a leap of 10.87 meters, adding two points to the Black Knights’ total.
Despite not earning any points, freshman Katrina Donarski had another strong weekend for the Black & Gold. Donarski placed 13th of 29 in the 400m, finishing in 58.00 for the best time by a Black Knight this season.
Freshman Jillian Collins added her name to the Army record book, running the eighth-best 800m time in Academy history. Collins crossed the line in 2:18.35, narrowly missing collecting points for the Black Knights.
Army will spend the week preparing for one of the highlights of the indoor season, as the dual meet against academy rival Navy is slated for Feb. 4. Events will begin at 11 a.m., in Annapolis, Md., at the annual indoor Star Meet.