Feb. 17, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Army men captured four event titles on the third and final day of the 2013 Patriot League Indoor Track & Field Championships as the Black Knights finished in third place overall with 112 points. Army won five events on the weekend, including two of three relays, to finish with the bronze medal for the second consecutive season and third time overall.
Navy captured the team title with 204.5 points as the winning squad eclipsed the 200-point mark for the first time since 2002 when the Black Knights won the crown with 210.5. Last season’s team winner, Bucknell, finished runner-up with 182 points, while Lehigh (fourth, 70), American (fifth, 17), Lafayette (sixth, 15), Colgate (seventh, 14) and Holy Cross (eighth, 5.5) trailed Army.
Senior Kyler Martin was the Black Knights’ first individual winner on the afternoon, capturing the 60-meter hurdles crown with a finish of 8.08 seconds. The event was a successful one for Army as classmate Thomas Ryan finished fourth (8.21) to combine for 14 points in the hurdles alone. Martin’s win was Army’s eighth in an indoor hurdles event, tying rival Navy for the most in conference history. With the Black Knights’ Kaitlyn Love capturing the women’s title in the 60-meter hurdles, Army swept the event for the third time in four years.
The Black Knights had their most dominant showing in the 500-meter dash, totaling 20 points on three top-six performances. Freshman Stevyn Spees led the way by capturing the 500m crown, Army’s first since 2010, with a time of 1:05.23, beating the No. 2 finisher by .15 seconds. Junior Chris Smith followed in third place, crossing the line in 1:05.57, while junior Joe Hannigan captured fourth place with a time of 1:05.76.
Also in the sprints, junior Matt Green ran a personal best in the 400-meter dash, adding four points to Army’s total with a fourth-place finish of 49.58 seconds.
Green teamed with Smith, Spees and sophomore Patrick Taylor to capture Army’s second consecutive 4x400-meter relay title. The Black Knight relay squad finished in a season-best 3:17.06. After winning the 4x800 on Saturday evening, Army recorded two relay wins at the same conference meet for the first time since 2009.
Sophomore Clyde Wilson rounded out the event winners for Army. Wilson became the Black Knights’ first 800-meter run champion since 2010, crossing the line in 1:54.31.
Three field events were contested on Day 3 with Army scoring in one. Junior Mark Van Benschoten recorded a career-best height in the pole vault, capturing sixth place and one point with a leap of 4.65 meters. Despite recording the best throw by a Black Knight this season, senior Scott Geary just missed scoring in the shot put with his seventh-place toss of 15.64 meters. Army did not record a distance in the triple jump.
Navy won the team title for the second time in three seasons and fifth time overall. The Midshipmen swept the day’s awards as Stephen Cooksey was named Men’s Coach of the Meet, Weston Kennedy was tabbed Track Performer of the Meet, Zack Duncavage earned Field Performer honors and Austin Batiste snagged Rookie accolades.