Jan. 11, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Carrying over its strong performance in the dual-meet win over Princeton, the Navy men’s track & field team placed first out of five teams on Saturday at the Wesley A. Brown Field House. The Mids recorded 17 IC4A-qualifying performances in the quad meet.
“We had another great all-around team performance this weekend,” said head coach Stephen Cooksey. “A lot of different guys are stepping up, such as Nicholas Palermo (800m run) and Derrick Petett (weight throw). We have been battling with the flu from a couple guys and minor injuries with others so we have yet to see our full potential on the track and in the field.”
In the field, Navy was able to place first in four of the six total events. Of the four first-place finishers, Derrick Petett (Lexington Park, Md.) shined with an IC4A-qualifying and personal-best mark of 18.35m in the weigh throw (previous best was 17.59m). Teammates Kyle Fortney and Zack Duncavage followed up with IC4A-qualifying marks of 17.69m and 17.53m, respectively.
Duncavage continued with another IC4A-qualifying performance in the shot put, recorded a first-place throw of 15.99m. Sophomore Thomas Swanson also recorded a shot-put mark of 15.99m, which was an IC4A-qualifying mark and a personal-best (shattering his previous best of 15.05m).
In the pole vault, Mark Vetere and Ryan Kochert went first and second with a mark of 4.80m. Both Vetere and Kochert have shown consistency in this event, tallying the same mark in the last two meets.
Navy’s Nichola Deterding, Jeremy Granderson
and Cody Parked placed 1-2-3 in the high jump event with marks of 1.94m, 1.89m and 1.89m, respectively.
On the track, the Mids finished first in seven of the 11 total events and tally 10 IC4A-qualifying performances. Jordan Sartor-Francis continues his dominance in the 60-meter dash, winning for the third consecutive time in as many meets. Sartor-Francis’ 60-meter dash time of 6.92 was his third-straight IC4A-qualifying time and first-place finish.
Sophomore Nicholas Palermo ran his best 800-meter run of his career, recording a personal-best, first-place finish and IC4A-qualifying time of 1:53.74. His 800-meter run time on Saturday was a 1.57 seconds faster than his previous-best at the George Mason Spring Invitational (4/13/13).
Navy’s cross country runners of Stephen Schroeder, Thomas Moore, Sam Peckham, Sean Rynning, Brian De LaMora, Weston Kennedy and Zach Hebda all tallied strong performances in the mile, 3000-meter and 5000-meter run.
Schroeder and Moore finished first and second in the mile with IC4A-qualifying times of 4:11.91 and 4:13.14. Peckham, Rynning, De LaMora and Kennedy went 1-2-3-4 in the 3000-meter run with Peckham and Rynning recording IC4A-qualifying times of 8:20.01 and 8:24.24. Hebda placed first in the 5000-meter run, a full seven seconds ahead of the next runner, with a time of 14:49.39.
Navy finished first with an overall score of 280. Hampton was the next closest competing school with 88. Maryland-Eastern Shore, Mount St. Mary’s and American rounded out the field with scores of 66, 26 and 12, respectively.
The Mids will continue their five-meet homestand on Saturday, Jan. 18 against Catholic and UMBC. The meet is slated to start at 11 a.m.