April 6, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Army men won seven of the 11 running events at Saturday’s outdoor Star Meet with Navy, but the Black Knights could not maintain the pace in the jumping events as Army lost 105-97 to the Midshipmen at Ingram Field. The Black Knights finished with a 61-54 edge in running events and throwing contests were divided evenly at 22-22, but Navy captured a 29-14 advantage in jumps to win its fourth consecutive Star Meet and second straight outdoor academy showdown.
Army swept both relays against Navy for the second time this season, including the day’s final running event – the 4x400. The Black Knights claimed a crucial five points after Chris Smith, Patrick Taylor, Stevyn Spees and Clyde Wilson teamed to finish in 3:14.90, besting Navy by over five seconds to pull Army’s deficit to 98-93.
The meet came down to what happened in the discus as Navy’s Zachary Duncavage set a school record with his first-place heave. Army finished 2-4 in the event for a total of four points, while the Midshipmen collected seven points with their 1-3 marks to secure the 105-97 victory. Had the Black Knights (Scott Geary and Shane Jones) finished 1-2, the Star Meet would have finished in a tie, 101-101, for the first time in outdoor competition history and third time overall.
Of the nine events Army won on the afternoon, five were done with personal-best marks, including three that rank among the best in Academy history. Junior Jason Wilkes won the 100-meter dash for the second straight season, crossing the line in 10.73 seconds for Army’s best finish since 2011. The time ranks eighth all-time in program history as Wilkes punched his ticket to the IC4A Championships.
Sophomore Jacob Drozd continued his impressive season in the javelin throw as he solidified his spot at No. 5 on Army’s all-time performance list with his winning toss of 64.54 meters. Drozd edged out Navy’s top thrower by 1.45m.
Reigning Patriot League weekly award honorees Kyler Martin and Nick Snoad showed why they deserved the respect by winning their respective events. Martin recorded a PR in 110-meter hurdles as he also maintained his grasp at No. 5 on Army’s all-time ledger with a time of 14.19. Snoad won the hammer throw in convincing fashion with a heave of 62.55 meters, 7.14 meters further than the No. 2 finisher from Navy.
The Black Knights gained valuable points in the 3,000-meter steeplechase as Army finished 1-2 in the event for the first time since 2005. Seniors Mark Castelli and Dan Jester claimed the top-two spots, respectively, as both recorded personal bests. Castelli won with a time of 9:09.00, while Jester finished runner-up in 9:12.33.
Junior Ricardo Galindo won the 5,000-meter run with Army’s best finish since 2011, as Galindo crossed the line in 14:24.01. The race proved to be just as dramatic as last season’s 5K when Galindo edged himself into second place to break up Navy’s 1-2 perennial power. This year, Galindo and Navy’s Chris Galvin were separated by just nine-tenths of a second.
Sophomore Clyde Wilson rounded out Army’s individual event winners on the afternoon as Wilson won the 800-meter run crown. The Black Knights finished 1-3 in the event as Wilson, who finished in 1:53.29, was followed by freshman Mitch Dutton in third, who clocked a time of 1:54.32.
The Black Knights will host their final home meet of the season on April 13 with the Army Quad Meet. Army will host Binghamton, Colgate and Middlebury, with the possibility of Columbia being added. Events are scheduled to begin at noon at West Point’s Shea Stadium.