Plebes Impress At First Collegiate Track Meet

Megan Gemar

Megan Gemar

Dec. 7, 2013


WEST POINT, N.Y.  – Army track and field did a soft opening to the 2013-14 season on Saturday, hosting the Crowell Open a month earlier than usual. The Black Knights used the event, which included a number of Division III and community college programs as well as track clubs, as more of an intra-squad competition to firm of their roster for the upcoming 2013-14. Despite the early start, four postseason-qualifying marks were recorded and five finishes were added to the Army record book.

Freshman Jose Santana, competing in his first collegiate meet, shined the brightest in the men’s sprints. Santana recorded the second-fastest 60-meter dash time in program history with his IC4A Championship-qualifying finish of 6.87 seconds. Santana bested a field of 27 with the best time by an Army runner since Alfred McDaniel established the program standard (6.85) as a senior at the 2010 Patriot League Championships.

Santana followed his 60-meter performance with another IC4A-qualifying mark in the 200-meter dash. The plebe beat out a field of 40 with a time of 22.14 seconds, which ranks tied for ninth all-time at Army.

Coming off a strong cross country season, junior Nathan Fisher kept the ball rolling into track season on Saturday by qualifying for the IC4As in the mile. Fisher won the event, which pitted him against 23 others, with a time of 4:14.20.

Freshman pole vaulter Jordan Worthington rounded out the IC4A qualifiers on the day. Worthington eclipsed the bar at 4.80 meters.

Pole vaulters also highlighted the women’s competition. A trio of Army jumpers – Laurel Neposchlan, Megan Gemar and Ashley Zeitvogel – all recorded a height of 3.50 meters. The finish moved Neposchlan and Zeitvogel up Army’s all-time top-10 list into a tie for fourth best. Neposchlan entered the weekend in sixth, while Zeitvogel’s previous best stood eighth. Gemar’s career best (3.75) remained third best.

Sophomore Avrie Welton also had a notable performance, moving into No. 10 on the Army ledger in the 60-meter hurdles. Welton won the event with a time of 9.34 seconds.

The Crowell Open is the lone event schedule for the calendar year as Army will return to action Jan. 10, 2014, at the Gotham Cup.

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