Men's Track Drops Dual to Princeton
Jan. 7, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men's track and field team (0-1) fell to Princeton (1-0), 107-71, in a dual meet at Wesley A. Brown Field House on Saturday afternoon. Navy won four events on the day and posted 11 IC4A-qualifying performances. Navy hit IC4A marks in 400m, 500m, 1,000m, mile, 3,000m, 5,000m, weight throw and DMR.
"This is a pretty good meet with a lot of tradition," head coach Stephen Cooksey said. "We like to have this meet right after the kids come back from break so they stay focused on what needs to get done when they are home.
"The guys did a really good job in the weight throw today with [Chris] Ricks and [Kyle] Fortney going 1-2. There were some really good throws today. [Alex] Jackson ran a really good time in the 400m even though he didn't win and [Dominic] Della Pelle had a good race in the 3,000m as well. Now it's time to get back to work and start preparing for Army, Patriot League and the IC4As."
Senior Chris Ricks won the weight throw with a 57-7 (17.55m) and sophomore Kyle Fortney achieved a PR in the event of 53-0 (16.15m) to take second place. Navy's Billy Grammer had the third-best performance in the event with a 51-11 3/4 (15.84m) and Zack Duncavage posted a 49-6½ (15.10m). Duncavage also placed third in the shot put (46-6¼, 14.18m).
Junior Joshua Shaw took first place in the 500m run with a PR and IC4A mark of 1:05.14.
Navy's 4x400m relay team took first place with a time of 3:22.34 and the distance medley relay squad of Jacob Fox, Isaac Teichgrab, Ryan Pajor and Ken Bunnell placed second, but hit the IC4A standard with a time of 10:18.91.
Senior Dominic Della Pelle placed second in the 3,000m run with a time of 8:27.19, coming in just .09 behind Princeton's Tyler Udland (8:27.10). Della Pelle was under the IC4A standard for the second time this season in the 3K.
Senior Alex Jackson got under the IC4A cutoff with a time of 49.08 in the 400m dash, as he took second place. The time is his indoor track PR in the 400m.
Sophomore Ryan Kochert and senior Paul Neidhardt each cleared 15-3 (4.65m) in the pole vault to take second and third, respectively. Sophomore Randon McKain set a new PR in the triple jump with a distance of 45-0¼ (13.72m) to place third.
Navy will return to action next Saturday at Wesley A. Brown Field House when the team hosts a six-team meet.