Junta and Snoad Set to Compete in National Semifinals

Lisa Junta

Lisa Junta

May 23, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Army freshman Lisa Junta and junior Nick Snoad will continue their standout track and field seasons on Thursday and Friday at the NCAA Championship National Semifinal. The University of North Florida will serve as the host of the East Region, with all events scheduled for the Osprey’s Hodges Stadium.

Junta’s 10,000-meter race is slated for Thursday at 9:40 p.m., while Snoad’s hammer throw will begin on Friday at 10 a.m.

Junta is one of two Patriot League runners to compete in the 10,000 meters, joining Lehigh’s Katherine Pierce in the field of 48. There will be one heat for all 48 entrants in the East, with the top-12 finishers qualifying for the national final. The final is scheduled for June 7 at Drake University.

Junta is coming off back-to-back wins in the 10,000m, capturing the ECAC Championship crown in the event on May 11 to become Army’s first ECAC track champion in program history. The freshman also won the Patriot League title in the event, running the 10K for the first time in her collegiate career. The Springfield, Va., native stands at No. 3 on Army’s all-time top-10 list with her ECAC time of 35:17.90.

Junta is Army’s first women’s distance runner since 2006 to compete at the NCAA Regionals. Ashley Urick (USMA ’06) qualified for the 1,500-meter run three times (2004-06), back when there were four NCAA Regional sites and athletes could earn invites by winning the conference title in their respective events.

Snoad is also one of two Patriot League representatives to compete in Friday’s hammer throw national semifinal. The Army junior and Bucknell’s Leonard Joseph are among a field of 48 which is split into three heats of 16. The top 16 will advance to a three-attempt final, with the top 12 of that round getting invites to the national final. The final is slated for June 8 at Drake.

Snoad earned Army’s top distance in the hammer throw in all 10 outdoor meets this season, including a second-place finish at the Patriot League Championship. The junior crept up Army’s top-10 list all season in the event, landing at No. 7 with his toss of 60.66m at the Penn Relays on April 28. The mark is the best by a Black Knight since 2004.

Snoad becomes the first Black Knight thrower since 2010 to compete at the NCAA Regionals, and first hammer thrower since 2009. Kurt Bujewksi (USMA ’10) represented Army in the discus in 2010, while Adam Schwarts (USMA ’10) earned an invite in the hammer in 2009.

For more information on the East Region, including live results and a full schedule, click here.  

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