Jan. 5, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Navy men’s track & field (1-0) used an all-around team effort to edge Princeton, 94-87, on Sunday at the Wesley A. Brown Field House. Following consecutive dual meet wins over Princeton (0-1), Navy takes over the all-time series lead, 22-21.
“We talked yesterday in our team meeting about how we needed a team effort and how good Princeton was all-around, not just in one or two events,” said head coach Stephen Cooksey. “After we instilled that, we brought up how we are coming back from Christmas and don’t expect our finest efforts. But the bottom line was to focus on the competitor you are up against and beat them to grab the points and that’s what we accomplished today.”
Navy tallied nine first-place finishes and eight IC4A-qualifying performances. Leading the Mids was sophomore Jordan Sartor Francis (Jonesboro, Ga.) with two first-place finishes, which were also IC4A-qualifying times. Sartor-Francis placed first in the 60-meter dash (6.95) and 200-meter dash (21.78).
“[Sartor-Francis] has been working very hard, very motivated and focused,” said Coach Cooksey. “I like to see the energy from all the young kids that Jordan puts in his races and he is going to get better and better throughout the season.”
Senior Jeremy Cadiente (Beech Island, S.C.) followed Sartor-Francis’ winning performance with a first-place finish in the 500-meter run. Cadiente’s first-place finishing time of 1:05.06 was also an IC4A-qualifying mark.
Sophomore Steve Schroeder (Monticello, Ill.) ran the 3000-meter run neck-and-neck with Princeton’s Chris Bendtsen. Bendsten ended up crossing the tape .37 seconds before Schroeder, but Schroeder’s time of 8:23.28 was an IC4A-qualifing performance.
Navy saw strong performances in the field events, tallying four IC4A-qualifying marks. The Mids went 1-2 in the weight throw and the pole vault.
Senior Derrick Petett (Lexington Park, Md.) led the Mids in the weight throw with a first-place and IC4A-qualifying performance of 17.52m/57-5.75. Teammate Zack Duncavage (League City, Texas) fell .03 meters short of Petett’s mark with an IC4A-qualifying mark of 17.49m/57-4.75.
In the pole vault, junior Mark Vetere (Andover, Mass.) and senior Ryan Kochert (Moreland Hills, Ohio) each recorded marks of 4.8m/15-9.00. Vetere’s and Kochert’s mark were both IC4A-qualifying mark.
Navy will continue its five-meet homestead, hosting American, Hamption, UMES and Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday, Jan. 11 at Wesley A. Brown. The meet is slated for 11 a.m.