Army in Fourth Place After Two Days Of Indoor Championships

Lisa Junta

Lisa Junta

Feb. 16, 2013

Women's Results
Men's Results

WEST POINT, N.Y.  – After two days of competition and six scored events apiece, the Army men and women both stood in fourth place at the Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships at West Point’s Gillis Field House. Sophomore distance runner Lisa Junta was Army’s big point earner on the afternoon as she captured the 5,000-meter run title in the day’s lone individual running final.

The Black Knight men totaled 23 points to trail leader Navy (54.5), second-place Bucknell (44) and Lehigh (33). The Army women collected 21.33 points as Bucknell ended the day in the lead with 50 points, followed by Lehigh (48.33) and Navy (42). The men’s lists were rounded out by American in fifth (14), Colgate sixth (10), Holy Cross seventh (4.5) and Lafayette eight (3), while just Holy Cross (fifth, 14) and Lafayette (sixth, 10.33) added points on the women’s side.

Track events were dominated by preliminary rounds as just the 5,000 meters and 4x800-meter relay titles were contested. Junta became Army’s first 5,000-meter champion since 1998 and just the third overall by recording the second-fastest time in Academy history. Junta finished in 16:52.02 before the time was converted, the best time in at the Patriot League Championships since the record (16:06.20) was established in 1992. Junta, who shaved over 19 seconds off her previous personal best, is now one of just two 5,000-meter conference champions to record sub-17-minute times to capture first place. She bested the runner-up finisher by over six seconds.

The Army men did not score in the 5,000m but the Black Knights made their mark in the 4x800-meter relay. Army won the day’s lone relay with a time of 7:40.75, its best mark since 2011, as sophomores Andreas Kellas, Clyde Wilson and Nathan Fisher teamed with senior tri-captain Kevin Russell for the gold medal. The Army women (Mary Prakel, Katrina Donarski, Allie Sutherland and Jennifer Comfort) placed fourth with a finish of 9:19.54, the best time by an indoor unit since 2006.

In the lone throwing event on the afternoon, the Army men tallied five points with a pair of point-earners in seniors Nick Snoad and Scott Geary. Snoad captured fourth place with a toss of 17.99 meters, while Geary placed sixth with a personal-best heave of 17.85m. The Army women did not score in the weight throw.  

A pair of jumping events were also contested as Army had a total of three high jumpers score in the men’s and women’s competition, but went scoreless in the long jump. Senior McKenzie Majchrzak led the women’s unit by tying for third place with a height of 1.60 meters, collecting five points. Freshman Morgan Rennekamp added 0.33 points to Army’s total by tying for sixth with a jump of 1.55m. On the men’s side, sophomore Ernest Holland placed fourth for four points by eclipsing the high jump bar at 1.99 meters, matching his career best.

The men’s heptathlon also concluded this afternoon as sophomore Chris Kittle totaled 4680 points to place fourth.  

The Black Knights had a number of successful showings in the track preliminary rounds. In the 60-meter hurdles, senior Kaitlyn Love qualified for the finals by winning the prelims with the fourth-fastest time in Academy history, 8.83 seconds. Four men qualified in the hurdles, led by senior Kyler Martin who won the first round with a time of 8.08. In the 60-meter dash, freshman Haley Winters punched her finals ticket with the fourth-fastest time in Army history (7.71), while junior Jason Wilkes will represent the men on Sunday after finishing seventh in the semifinals (7.04). Winters also qualified in the 200m, finishing fifth in the prelims with a time of 25.61 to rank seventh all-time.

Field events will begin the final day of competition tomorrow, as the men’s pole vault, triple jump and shot put are set to begin at 10 a.m. Running events are set for a noon start, with the women’s mile race kicking things off on the track. Live results can be viewed at Leone Timing’s website at http://www.leonetiming.com/2013/Indoor/PatriotLeague/.

Sunday, Feb. 17 Schedule
FIELD EVENTS
10:00 a.m. M Pole Vault, M Triple Jump, M Shot Put
1:00 p.m. W Pole Vault, W Triple Jump, W Shot Put
RUNNING EVENTS
12:00 p.m. W Mile Run
12:15 p.m. M Mile Run
12:30 p.m W 60m Hurdles
12:35 p.m M 60m Hurdles
12:40 p.m. W 60m Dash
12:45 p.m. M 60m Dash
1:00 p.m. W 400m Dash
1:15 p.m. M 400m Dash
1:30 p.m. W 500m Run
1:45 p.m. M 500m Run
2:00 p.m. W 800m Run
2:15 p.m. M 500m Run
2:30 p.m. W 1000m Run
2:40 p.m. M 1000m Run
2:50 p.m. W 200m Dash
3:00 p.m. M 200m Dash
3:10 p.m. W 3000m Run
3:30 p.m. M 3000m Run
3:50 p.m. W DMR
4:05 p.m. M DMR
4:20 p.m. W 4 X 400 Relay
4:30 p.m. M 4 X 400 Relay
5 p.m. Awards Ceremony

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