Men's Track and Field Edges Princeton, 94-87
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy men's track and field team registered 24 IC4A qualifying times / marks on the day as the Midshipmen posted a 94-87 victory over Princeton in a dual meet on Saturday afternoon at the Wesley A. Brown Field House.
"I have a ton of respect for the Princeton program and for Coach (Fred) Samara," Director of Track and Field Jamie Cook said after the meet. "I think it is a fantastic competition between us and them. For us to be able to get out and get some good work in early in the year has been a really good thing.
"I am proud of the way they competed and how seriously they took things over break. It shows that they came back healthy and had trained over the break. I am more impressed with the comradery of the group and how everyone is on the same page."
Navy finished the day with 24 IC4A qualifying times / marks. The Mids had four IC4A qualifying times in the 200-meter dash and four marks in the pole vault. The Midshipmen notched three qualifying times in the 60m dash, while recording two times in the mile and 3,000m runs and a pair of qualifying marks in the shot put and the weight throw.
Senior captain Devin Enslen (Alamogordo, N.M.), junior Demetrius Lanier (Palm Coast, Fla.), junior Aaron Watson (Union City, Mich.), junior Sean Brennan (Westfield, N.J.), and senior John Campbell (Amarillo, Texas) each notched qualifying marks in a pair of events.
Enslen and Lanier finished 1-2 in the 60m dash, crossing the finish line within one hundredth of a second apart at 6.93 and 6.94, respectively. The duo was joined in the event by Watson, who posted an IC4A qualifying time of his own (6.94) to finish third. Lanier claimed first in the 200m dash with a qualifying time of 21.51 to edge out Enslen (21.66) for first place in the event. Watson was just back of the pace with a time of 22.11, while Evan Lexo (Groton, Mass.) clocked a qualifying time of 22.24.
Brennan and Campbell were the top two competitors for the Midshipmen in the throws. Brennan finished second in the shot put, while claiming third in the weight throw, while Campbell earned fourth place in both event. Brennan's IC4A qualifying mark of 16.36m (53-08.25) was just one centimeter back of Princeton's Mitchel Charles who won the shot put. Brennan hurled a season-best throw of 17.51m (57-05.50) to finish third in the weight throw. Campbell posted IC4A marks of 15.70m (51-06.25) in the shot put and 17.02m (55-10.25) in the weight throw to earn points for Navy.
Gabriel Collison (La Crescenta, Calif.) and Jake Shewbert (Flowery Branch, Ga.) both recorded qualifying times in the 1-mile run with Collison posting a time of 4:11.68 and Shewbert clocking a 4:12.41. In the 3,000m run, Jake Brophy (New Hope, Pa. -- 8:25.30) and Cory Donley (Salina, Kan. -- 8:27.58) each qualified for the IC4A Championships. Freshman Eric Hughey (Lee's Summit, Mo.), junior Justin Hyytinen (Farmington, Minn.), senior Josh Hanna (Winfield, Kan.) qualified in the 400m dash (49.14), 800m run (1:53.04), and 1,000m run (2:28.48), correspondingly.
Kordell Williams (Upper Marlboro, Md.) posted the fastest 60m hurdle time of the season for Navy, crossing the finish line with a time of 8.11, breaking his previous season-best by seven hundredths of a second. In the long jump, sophomore Cedric Williams (Powder Springs, Ga.) won the event with a qualifying distance of 7.06m (23-02.00).
The pole vault saw sophomore Ryan Herrera-Murphy (Bronx, N.Y.) and junior Stefano Pineda (Hockessin, Del.) both clear an IC4A height of 4.90m (16-00.75), while freshman Thomas Johnstone (Los Gatos, Calif.) and Benjamin Stewart (Charlestown, R.I.) qualified with a mark of 4.80m (15-09.00).
Navy track and field returns to action on Friday-Saturday, Jan. 12-13, as the Midshipmen host the Navy Invitational and Multis at Wesley A. Brown Field House. The meet begins at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, before concluding on Saturday, Jan. 13 with events starting at 9:30 a.m.