Track Looking To Carry Early Success Into IC4A/ECAC Finals

Lisa Junta winning the 10,000-meter run title on Friday night

Lisa Junta winning the 10,000-meter run title on Friday night

May 12, 2012

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Army track and field team has enjoyed multiple breakthrough performances during the first two days at the IC4A and ECAC Championships as it eyes Sunday’s finale. The Black Knights sent 18 individuals and three relay teams to Princeton's Weaver Stadium this weekend.

Included in Friday and Saturday’s highlights were the first individual women’s champion under the direction of head coach Troy Engle, and four preliminary marks that punched Army’s tickets for the final round on Sunday.

The Black Knight distance contingent shined bright on Day 1 as freshman Lisa Junta captured the 10,000-meter run individual title. Junta, who won the Patriot League 10,000-meter belt at last weekend’s conference meet, captured first with the third-best time in Academy history, 35:17.90. The mark, which bested a stacked field of 24, is the best since 1998 and is 10 seconds shy of No. 2 on the all-time list.

Sophomore Ricardo Galindo, also competing in the 10K, finished 10th of 27 with a time of 30:29.91 which stands at No. 8 on Army’s all-time list.

On Saturday, the Black Knight relay contingents stood out as all three earned finishes which qualified them for Sunday’s finale.

On the women’s side, the 4x800-meter team of Alexandra Sutherland, Shalela Dowdy, Jennifer Comfort and Katrina Donarski finished atop a field of 15 to punch their ticket for Sunday at 2:40 p.m. The Army team finished in 8:56.32 in the preliminaries.

For the men, both the 4x400 and 4x800 units earned qualifying marks. In the 4x800, Nathan Fisher, Ian MacPherson, Kevin Russell and Matt Green placed fifth of 8 with a time of 7:35.45 to earn the right to compete on Sunday (2:50 p.m.).

Rounding out the relay qualifiers, Patrick Taylor, Taylor Kensy, Chris Smith and Marcus Jackson ran the fourth-best time in Academy history in the 4x400, placing sixth of 24 and second within their heat with a mark of 3:10.93. The time is the best by a Black Knight team since 2006. Army’s 4x400 unit will conclude the weekend at 3:05 p.m., Sunday.

Also enjoying success so far this weekend was recent Academic All-Patriot League selection Chris Jones. Jones qualified for Sunday’s 800-meter run finals by placing fifth of 34 in the prelims with a time of 1:50.52. The time was just .09 seconds shy of his personal best.

In addition to the relay and 800m finals, the Black Knights will also have McKenzie Majcrhzak (high jump), Jacob Drozd (javelin), Fred Beebe (triple Jump), Scott Geary (shot put) and Tom Wagner (high jump) competing on Sunday. For Army’s full schedule, see below. Live results and heat sheets for the entire weekend can be found by clicking here.

Army Entries
Sunday, May 13th
Women’s High Jump – 10:00 a.m. – McKenzie Majchrzak
Men’s Javelin – 10:30 – Jacob Drozd
Men’s Triple Jump – 11:00 – Fred Beebe
Men’s High Jump – 1:00 – Tom Wagner
Men’s Shot Put – 1:00 – Scott Geary
Men’s 800m Finals – 1:35
Women’s 4x800 Relay Finals – 2:40
Men’s 4x800 Relay Finals – 2:50
Men’s 4x400 Relay Finals – 3:05

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