Feb. 19, 2012
LEWISBURG, Pa. – Army women’s track and field finished in a tie for fifth place with Colgate at the 2012 Indoor Patriot League Championships. The Black Knights tallied 56 points to trail team champion Bucknell (164), Navy (124), Lehigh (108) and Holy Cross (70). Lafayette finished in seventh with 42 points.
Army’s fifth-place finish was its second in indoor meet history following 2010’s placing. The tie in final standings was the second in indoor championship history after Lehigh and Holy Cross tied for fifth place at the 2007 Patriot League Championships.
The Black Knights tallied five fourth-place finishes, three fifth-place marks and three sixth-place times to register 29 points on the last day of competition, following Saturday’s 27-point effort.
Army’s strong freshman class accounted for four of the Black Knights’ fourth-place marks. Krystal Onyema made her mark in the shot put with a fourth-place toss of 13.20 meters. The distance ranks seventh all-time at the Academy and is the best by a Black Knight since 2009.
Freshmen Lisa Junta, Katrina Donarski and Jennifer Comfort, who all cracked Army’s top-10 lists this season, continued their strong first seasons with fourth-place times. Junta finished the 3,000-meter run in 9:53.53, while Donarski completed the 400-meter dash in 59.00. Comfort rounded out the group with her 1,000m finish of 2:57.70.
Earning fifth-place finishes were freshman Laurel Neposchlan, junior Kaitlyn Love and the Army 4x400-meter relay team. Competing in the pole vault, Neposchlan eclipsed the bar at 3.30 meters, while Love finished the 60-meter hurdles in 9.16 seconds. Senior Christie Johnson also placed in the hurdles, earning sixth place with her personal-best time of 9.16 seconds.
The Black Knights’ 4x400 relay, consisting of Love, Donarski, Katherine Roose and Jessica Niemiec, , finished in 3:58.24.
Senior Chelsea Prahl and sophomore Crystal Christian rounded out Army’s point earners on the day. Prahl placed sixth in the mile with her time of 4:59.55, just .01 seconds shy of her personal record which ranks fourth at the Academy. Prahl remains one of just five Black Knights to have ever run a sub-five-minute mile.
Christian placed sixth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.97 seconds.
Army’s postseason will continue in two weeks for those athletes that have qualified for the ECAC Championships. Competition is slated to begin March 3 in Boston, Mass.
1 Bucknell - 164
2 Navy - 124
3 Lehigh - 108
4 Holy Cross - 70
T5 Army - 56
T5 Colgate - 56
7 Lafayette - 42
Female Rookie: Alicia Minella, Colgate
Female Field: Joelle Neilson, Lafayette
Female Track: Chelsea Burns, Colgate
Female Coach: Kevin Donner, Bucknell