Track & Field Teams Looking For Success at PL Championships

Junior Clyde Wilson

Junior Clyde Wilson

Feb. 19, 2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Idle last week in preparation for the Patriot League Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships, Army heads to Lewisburg, Pa., where Bucknell is hosting this affair for the second time in three years.  The Black Knight men will be looking to challenge for their first indoor title since 2010, while the women’s last title was in 1997.

The three-day event (Feb. 21-23) is slated to begin at Bucknell’s Gerhard Field House on Friday at noon with the heptathlon and pentathlon, and continuing through late Sunday afternoon.  For the full schedule of events, see the breakdown each day at the bottom of this release. There is no admission fee for spectators. 

All ten Patriot League schools will compete in the women's event with nine fielding teams on the men's side. Navy is the defending men's champion, while Bucknell captured the women's title in 2013.

Army is coming off of solid performances two weeks ago at The Armory, and the group that set the pace are among the Patriot League’s top 20 times and performances.  

Entering the weekend, the Army men have 16 top six marks among 58 overall on the league’s performance list this season.  Freshman Jose Santana, who has three of those marks, is ranked second in the 60-meter dash (6.85), third in the 400 dash (48.46) and sixth in the 200-meter dash (48.46). Senior Christopher Smith has the league’s best mark in the 500-meter dash (1:04.3), and sophomore Taylor Andrews has the second-best clocking in the 60-meter high hurdles (7.97).

Junior middle-distance runner Clyde Wilson has two of the best times in ranking third in the 800-meter run (1:51.66) and fifth in the 1000-meter run (2:26.26).  Wilson is also the league’s defending champion in the 800. Nathan Fisher has the fifth best showing in the mile run (4:09.7) and Army’s relay teams, the 4x400 and the 4x800, have the league’s second best times of 3:14.36 and 7:46.66, respectively.

In the field events, freshman pole vault Jordan Worthington is tied for the second highest performance (15-9) and Isaac Were has the sixth best showing in the triple jump (46-10) with Shane Jones the Black Knights’ leader in the shot put (49-9.75). Multis performer Christopher Kittle ranks third in the Heptagonals with 4,654 points.

Army had five firsts (to include claiming the 4x400 and 4x800-meter relays) in finishing third last year with 112 points.

The Black Knight women have top six-marks among 31 overall. Sophomore Megan Gemar is ranked the highest among the group listing second in the pole vault (12.35) with freshman Cori Lemere and sophomore Justine Rennekamp listed third in the pole vault (12-3.5) and shot put (43-10), respectively.

Junior Laurel Neporschlan ranks fourth in the pole vault (11-11.75), junior Jennifer Comfort and sophomore Amy Slaughter are fifth heading into the meet in the 1000-meter run (2:55.89) and weight throw (52-10), respectively.  Azeezat Olatunde, Haley Winters and Madison Hill rank sixth in the shot put (42-1.25), 60-meter dash (7.81) and 5000-meter run (17:32.21), respectively. Sophomore Avrie Welton lists eighth in the 60-meter high hurdles (9.06).

Winters also has Army’s top time in the 200-meter dash (25.47). Last year she totaled nine points at the annual championship behind a second place finish in the 60-meter dash and sixth in the 200m finals. Freshman Madaline Kenyon was among the league’s top 20 in the 400 (58.44) and 500 (1:19.34)-meter dashes. Hill, who is ranked in the top 20 in two events, has one of the top times in the 3000-meter run (10:08.74).

Last year the women finished fourth with 84.33 points.

Results of the weekends competition can be found on the Patriot League Championship Central with Leone Timing, the official scorer of the meet, providing results.

DAY ONE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

12 p.m. M Heptathlon (60m, High jump, Shot Put, Long Jump)
12:15 p.m. W Pentathlon (60m Hurdles, Long Jump, Shot Put, High Jump, 800m)

DAY TWO SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
9:30 a.m. M Heptathlon (60m Hurdles, Pole Vault, 1000m)

FIELD EVENTS
11:00 a.m. W Weight Throw, W Long Jump, M High Jump
2:00 p.m. M Weight Throw, M Long Jump, W High Jump

RUNNING EVENTS
1:00 p.m. M 60m Hurdles - prelims
1:15 p.m. W 60m Hurdles- prelims
1:30 p.m. M 60m Dash - prelims
1:45. p.m. W 60m Dash - prelims
2:00 p.m. M 5000m Run - Unseeded
2:20 p.m. M 5000m Run - Seeded
2:45 p.m. M 60m Hurdles - Semis
2:55 p.m. W 60m Hurdles - Semis
3:05 p.m. M 60m Dash - Semis
3:15 p.m. W 60m Dash - Semis
3:25 p.m. W 5000m Run - Unseeded
3:45 p.m. W 5000m Run Seeded
4:10 p.m. M 200m Run - Semis
4:25 p.m. W 200m Run - Semis
4:40 p.m M 4 X 800m Relay
4:55 p.m. W 4 X 800m Relay

DAY THREE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

FIELD EVENTS
10:00 a.m. W Pole Vault, W Triple Jump, W Shot Put
1:00 p.m. M Pole Vault, M Triple Jump, M Shot Put

RUNNING EVENTS
12:00 p.m. M Mile Run
12:15 p.m. W Mile Run
12:30 p.m M 60m Hurdles
12:35 p.m W 60m Hurdles
12:40 p.m. M 60m Dash
12:45 p.m. W 60m Dash
1:00 p.m. M 400m Dash
1:15 p.m. W 400m Dash
1:30 p.m. M 500m Run
1:45 p.m. W 500m Run
2:00 p.m. M 800m Run
2:15 p.m. W 800m Run
2:30 p.m. M 1000m Run
2:40 p.m. W 1000m Run
2:50 p.m. M 200m Dash
3:00 p.m. W 200m Dash
3:10 p.m. M 3000m Run
3:30 p.m. W 3000m Run
3:50 p.m. M DMR
4:05 p.m. W DMR
4:20 p.m. M 4 X 400 Relay
4:30 p.m. W 4 X 400 Relay
5 p.m. Awards Ceremony

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