May 3, 2013
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – After six scored events, Army track and field landed in third place in the men’s standings and fifth among the women at the Patriot League Outdoor Championships. In addition to a trio of trials, four field events, one distance competition and one relay were contested during Day 1 of the conference meet hosted by Lehigh University.
The Army men collected 46 points to narrowly trail Navy (51) and Bucknell (50). The Black Knight women tallied 18 points as Bucknell (44) led the charge. Lehigh (43), Navy (38) and Lafayette (27) are currently ahead of the Army women.
The day’s first event was the 10,000-meter run with junior Kendall Ward (eighth; 31:36.23) competing for the Army men and senior Jill Busby (12th; 40:35.80) on the women’s side. The Black Knights got on the scoreboard with the day’s second scored event, the men’s hammer throw.
Senior Nick Snoad claimed second place in the hammer for the second consecutive season as one of just two entrants to record a throw better than 60 meters. Snoad claimed runner-up honors with a toss of 61.35 meters, while classmate Scott Geary tacked on six points with his third-place throw of 57.91m to mark a career best. The Army women were held without a point in the hammer.
Pole vault was next as the Black Knights got on the scoreboard with freshman Megan Gemar’s fourth-place height of 3.57 meters. The men also earned points in the pole vault as junior Mark Van Benschoten also took fourth place with a mark of 4.50m.
After going without a point in the long jump, both the Army men and women made their presence felt in the javelin, combining for an impressive 30-point total. The Black Knight men caused the most damage, totaling 18 points by capturing second, third and fourth place. Sophomore Jacob Drozd led the way in second place for All-Patriot League second-team honors with his throw of 63.74 meters, while junior Peter Miller (59.63m) and freshman Branam Yow (58.53m) earned third and fourth, respectively.
Junior Bonny Bradway earned All-Patriot League recognition for the first time in her career, earning second place and second-team honors with a throw of 42.04 meters. Junior Nicole Miller added four points with her fourth-place finish of 40.87m.
Rounding out the scored events on Day 1, the Army men captured their second-consecutive 4x800-meter relay title at the outdoor league meet, recorded the fastest finish since the 2012 conference competition. Nathan Fisher, Kevin Russell, Matt Green and Stevyn Spees combined for the day’s top time – 7:30.90 – edging runner-up Navy by just over a second.
Army also won the indoor men’s 4x800-meter crown, marking the first time since 2010 the Black Knights swept the event’s titles.
On the women’s side, Rachel King, Elizabeth Moton, Allie Sutherland and Jennifer Comfort took fifth place with a time of 9:15.72.
In preliminary events, four Black Knights will compete tomorrow in the 110-meter hurdles after qualifying today, highlighted by senior Kyler Martin’s top trials time of 14.23 seconds. In the women’s 100-meter hurdles, senior Kaitlyn Love advanced to Saturday’s finals after recording the second-best time (14.92) in the prelims.
Additional qualifiers were junior Jason Wilkes and sophomore Samantha Reid in the 100-meter dash.
After five events of the decathlon, sophomore Chris Kittle has 3196 points while freshman Nathan Weir has totaled 3155, each winning one event. After four events of the heptathlon, junior Lindsey Danilack has 2324 points.
The final day of the Patriot League Outdoor Championships will begin at 9 a.m. with the decathlon and heptathlon, while track events will commence at 10:45 a.m. with the men’s steeplechase. Field events start at 11:30 a.m. with the men’s high jump.