Feb. 1, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, MD. - Army won seven of the 11 running events on the afternoon, but Navy stayed dominant in the field to capture its third consecutive indoor Star Meet, 100-81. Freshman sprinter Jose Santana led the Black Knights with two IC4A qualifying times in the 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. In addition, both times set Army indoor records.
Army finished 1-2 in two events and placed first in both the 4x400 and 4x800 meter relay events, but Navy’s 1-2 finishes in five events proved to be the difference.
“The men’s meet was exceptionally close especially what we knew heading into today’s competition,” said Army head coach Troy Engle. “I think if you break it down, we beat Navy on the track, but the field was really a battle for us. Points aside, the guys stepped it up with post-season qualifying marks and season best times, which was a win for us.
“Jose’s performances in the 60-meter and 200-meter were the high points of the day for us, but we had multiple bodies run tremendously well," Engle added. "Today was a really fast meet overall and it allowed us to have a chance to rise to the occasion.”
The Black Knights opened the meet with Santana’s first-place finish in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.85. The freshman tied the academy record set by Alfred Daniel on Feb. 19, 2010, at the Patriot League Championship. Following his first performance, Santana clocked in at 21.77 in the 200-meter dash to break Reggie Anderson’s Academy record by .01 seconds. Anderson’s record was set at the IC4A Championships on March 4, 2000.
Freshman Xavier Moss added a successful performance in his first season at Army with a third-place in the 400-meter dash clocking in at 49.15, which qualified him for the IC4A Championships.
Senior co-captain Chris Smith and sophomore Stevyn Spees held strong in the 500-meter run, going 1-2 in the race, both runners qualifying for the IC4A Championships and earning a spot in Army’s top-10 all-time performance list. Smith bested all runners with a time of 1:04.03 and was followed by Spees who recorded a time of 1:05.18. Senior Clyde Wilson was added to the winner circle after topping all runners in the 800-meter run with an IC4A qualifying time of 1:52.88.
Sophomore Mitch Dutton and senior Ian MacPherson also went 1-2 in the 1,000-meter run, while Dutton’s time of 2:27.98 qualified him for the IC4A Championships. MacPherson followed less than two seconds behind his Army teammate, crossing the line at 2:29.17.
Middle-distance runners junior Nathan Fisher, junior Cody Barger and senior Kendall Ward rounded out the distance events for the Black Knights, as all three qualified for the IC4A Championships. Fisher recorded a second-place finish in the mile with a time of 4:09.07 while Barger took second (8:23.54) and Ward finished fourth (8:24.70) in the 3,000-meter run.
Sophomore Taylor Andrews and freshman Nicholas Beavers each posted Academy top-10 times in the 60-meter hurdles. Andrews bested a field of six with an IC4A qualifying time of 7.97, while Beavers was third in 8.18.
In the field, sophomore Eliot Knotts and Isaac Were each placed second in their respective jumping with Knotts going 6.72 meters in the long jump and Were leaping 14.27 meters in the triple jump.
With the meet already decided, barring disqualifications, Army swept both relay events for the second time under Engle’s watch. Santana, Moss and Smith teamed with senior co-captain Matt Green in the 4x400-meter relay, crossing the line in 3:14.36 to edge Navy by .13 seconds. In the 4x800, MacPherson, Fisher, Dutton and Wilson bested Navy by two seconds with a time of 7:52.46.
Army will have one final tune-up meet before the postseason begins. The Black Knights will travel to New York City for the Armory Invite on Friday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8.