Army Plebes Sweep Patriot League Rookie Track Awards

Cori Lemere

Cori Lemere

Dec. 9, 2013

WEST POINT, N.Y.  – Army track and field newcomers Jose Santana and Cori Lemere started their careers off with a bang on Saturday at the Crowell Open and were recognized for their efforts by the Patriot League on Monday. Santana was tabbed the Patriot League Male Rookie of the Week while Lemere was named Female Rookie of the Week in the conference’s first installment of weekly awards this season.

Santana made a statement in men’s sprints on Saturday afternoon. The freshman 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 quickest time by an Army runner since Alfred McDaniel established the program standard (6.85) as a senior at the 2010 Patriot League Championships. He followed that 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.

Santana’s 60-meter time is the best by a Patriot League runner since 2012, while his 200-meter mark ranks second amongst his competitors this season.

Lemere placed second of 21 in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.96 seconds before winning the long jump. Lemere’s leading long jump mark of 5.44 meters is No. 1 among all Patriot League performers in 2013-14, while her 60-meter time is the best by a freshman and sixth overall.

Haley Winters was Army’s most recent Patriot League Indoor Rookie of the Week, earning the honor on Jan. 21, 2013. For the Black Knight men, Patrick Taylor was the last to earn the newcomer certificate after being recognized on Jan. 16, 2012.

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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