April 28, 2012
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Army track and field concluded its three-day stay at the 118th running of the Penn Relays with a successful Saturday at Franklin Field. Of the six events Army competed in, three finishes rank on the Black Knights’ all-time top-10 lists while four surpassed postseason-qualifying standards.
Senior Fred Beebe began the day in impressive fashion. Beebe placed second in the triple jump Eastern Division, which featured a field of 20, by recording a leap of 15.02 meters. The distance ranks tied for seventh all-time on Army’s outdoor top-10 list.
Junior Nick Snoad followed in the hammer throw’s College Championship, earning sixth place of nine entrants with his toss of 60.66 meters. Snoad, who has crept up Army’s historical hammer throw list all season, landed at No. 7 after his latest toss. Senior Matt Dillon competed in the College Division, placing 18th of 18 with a throw of 48.80m.
Freshman Jacob Drozd rounded out the field events for the Black Knights, placing 20th of 25 in the College Division of the javelin with his throw of 55.58 meters.
Army competed in two relays on the day – the men’s and women’s 4x800. The women’s unit, consisting of freshman Katrina Donarski and Jennifer Comfort, sophomore Allie Sutherland and senior Shalela Dowdy, recorded the fourth-fastest time in Academy history with their time of 9:05.47. The ECAC Championship-qualifying finish ranked sixth of 21 teams.
The Army men finished in fourth place among 26 teams with their IC4A-qualifying finish of 7:33.18. Running for the men was Ian MacPherson, Kevin Russell, Nathan Fisher and Chris Jones.
The Black Knights will spend the next five days preparing for the Patriot League Championships, which are scheduled for May 4-5 in Worcester, Mass.
Men’s Triple Jump – Eastern Division
2nd of 20 – 15.02m
Men’s Hammer Throw – College Championship Division
6th of 9 – 60.66m
Men’s Hammer Throw – College Division
18th of 18 – 48.80m
Men’s Javelin – College Division
20th of 25 – 55.58m
Women’s 4x800 Relay – College Division
Katrina Donarski, Shalela Dowdy, Jennifer Comfort, Allie Sutherland
6th of 21 – 9:05.47
Men’s 4x800 Relay – College Division
Ian MacPherson, Kevin Russell, Nathan Fisher, Chris Jones
4th of 26 – 7:33.18