Army Track Finds Success At Larry Ellis Invitational

Jennifer Comfort

Jennifer Comfort

April 19, 2014

PRINCETON, N.J.   - Jennifer Comfort hit the tape first in the 1,500-meter run to lead the Army track & field contingent at the Larry Ellis Invitational. Comfort won the race in a time of 4:30.81, and ECAC-qualifying standard that moved her third on all-time performers list.

Comfort's performance was one 13 that bettered ECAC or IC4A qualifying marks. Six Army athletes bettered those standards for the first time this season.

Army also had competitors particpate at the Mt. Sac Relays, one of the top meets in the nation, in Walnut, Calif. Lindsay Gabow had a strong showing in the 10,000-meter run, crossing the line in 35:34.85, besting the ECAC qualifying mark and placing her fourth on Army's all-time top 10 performers list. It is the second-fastest time in the Patriot League this season.

Plebe Jose Santana continued his strong rookie season, winning the 400-meter dash in a season-best time of 48.03. Santana has now eclipsed the IC4A standard in the 100-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter dashes. Patrick Taylor and Matt Green also beat the IC4A mark in the 400 with times of 48.46 and 48.48, respectively. It was Green's first such effort, while Taylor has eclipsed the standard twice this season. Santana and Taylor were part of the 4x100-meter relay team that clocked their fourth IC4A qualifying time of 41.79. Michael Hoffman and Kyle Wolffe ran the second and fourth legs, respectively.

Clyde Wilson was one of the six cadets to reach qualifying marks for the first time. Wilson clocked a 1:49.63 in the 800-meter run, jumping into eighth place on Army's all-time performers chart. Joining Wilson were Nathan Fisher in the 1,500-meter run (3:50.21) and Robert Barger in the 5,000-meter run (14:29.77).

The hurdling tandem of Taylor Andrews and Chris Smith both bettered the IC4A standard in the 110-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles, respectively. Andrews clocked a14.70, the fifth time he beat the qualifying goal, while Smith accomplished the feat for the fifth time with a 53.32. Smith joined Wilson, Taylor and Matt Green in the 4x400-meter relay that came in third place with a time of 3:13.57, the third time an Army 1,600-meter relay unit has qualified for the IC4A Championships.

In the field events, javelin throws Justine Rennekamp and Jacob Drozd both bettered their respective qualifying standards. Rennekamp reached the ECAC mark for the fourth time this season, launching a throw of 42.68 meters. Drozd's throw of 59.21 marked the fourth time he bested the IC4A standard.

Army travels to the Penn Relays April 24-26, the teams' final prep for the Patriot League Championships which will be held at Navy May 2-3.

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