March 24, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Army men's track and field team edged host Virginia by 3.5 points to win the UVA Team Swashbuckle on Saturday. The Black Knight men totaled 147.5 points to the Cavaliers' 144. Virginia earned the advantage on the women's side, accounting for 159 points to Army's 124. Both meets featured 11-team fields.
Senior Tom Wagner led the solo charge for the Army men, earning a pair of first-place finishes. Wagner collected gold-medal honors in the high jump after eclipsing the bar at an IC4A Championship-qualifying height of 2.04 meters. Wagner bested the field of six in the high jump before taking first in the triple jump. The senior recorded a first-place leap of 14.14 meters, the best by a Black Knight this outdoor season.
Classmate Grady Davis continued had his second-straight strong performance in the discus, establishing a personal best with an IC4A-qualifying toss of 49.10 meters. Davis, who had qualified for the IC4As at last weekend’s Bulls Invitational, finished second of 10 throwers in the event.
Competing in just his second collegiate track meet, freshman Jacob Drozd punched his postseason ticket with an IC4A-qualifying performance in the javelin. Drozd placed fifth of 14 with a toss of 58.77 meters, the best throw by a Black Knight since 2010.
On the women’s side, the freshmen class continued their assault on the Army record book. Five finishes were added to the Academy’s top-10 list on Saturday, including three by plebes.
Freshman Lisa Junta tacked on her fifth top-10 time of the season, winning the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:15.97. Junta’s mark ranks fourth all-time and was followed closely by sophomore Liz O’Donnell, who ran the fifth-best 5,000-meter time with her finish of 17:16.04. The pair met ECAC Championship-quaifying standards with their times.
A week after adding her name to the 800-meter list, freshman Katrina Donarski ran the 10th-best 400-meter time in Army history. Donarski placed third of 19 with her finish of 57.51.
Senior Shalela Dowdy moved up the Army all-time list in the 800-meter run, jumping from No. 10 to No. 8 with her sixth-place time of 2:16.00.
Freshman Laurel Neposchlan rounded out the historical marks by placing fourth of five in the pole vault with a height of 3.15 meters. The mark ranks tied for fifth all-time at the Academy.
The Black Knights will return home to West Point to host their first of three home meets next weekend. Army will host the two-day Dick Shea Open, beginning on Friday at noon.