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Navy Men's Track Takes First Place at Five-Team Meet

Mark Vetere

Jan. 12, 2013

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men's track and field team (5-0) won 13 events to top a five-team field with 279 points on Saturday afternoon at Wesley A. Brown Field House. Placing second behind Navy was VCU (145), followed by Maryland-Eastern Shore (36), Mount St. Mary's (34) and American (12). The Mids won 10 of 12 running events and posted 11 IC4A Championship qualifying performances.

"Our kids ran well today and we were able to score a lot of points," head coach Stephen Cooksey said. "The coaching staff and myself were really pleased with how we performed. The pole vaulters jumped very well and Duncavage did very well in the weight throw. Batiste did extremely well in the 200 and the 400 and Kennedy looked like he was just running with ease while winning the 3K."

Junior Zack Duncavage won the weight throw with an IC4A mark of 58-5¾ (17.82m) and junior Kyle Fortney was second with a personal best and IC4A mark of 56-3¾ (17.16m). Duncavage also took third place in the shot put at 49-4¼ (15.04m).

Navy took the top four spots in the pole vault and had three IC4A performances in the event. Sophomore Mark Vetere established a new indoor-season personal best height of 16-4¾ (5.00m) to take first place and freshman Jiles Maness cleared the same height (16-4¾, 5.00m) to place second. Sophomore Josh Drablos cleared 15-9 (4.80m) to take third with his first IC4A height of the season and junior Ryan Kochert was fourth at 15-1 (4.60m).

Freshman Austin Batiste was a double winner, taking first in the 200m (21.91) and the 400m (48.99), while setting season-best times in both events. Both times were also under the IC4A-qualifying standards.

Junior Weston Kennedy won the 3,000m run in 8:24.02 and sophomore Brian De La Mora was third at 8:26.41. Both Kennedy and De La Mora were under the IC4A-qualifying standard. Junior Sean Rynning won the mile run (4:15.18) and sophomore Kyle Davis took second (4:16.10). Sophomore Ryan Kelley took first place in the non-team scored 5,000m run at 14:52.27.

Junior Jeremy Cadiente won the 500m run with an IC4A-qualifying time of 1:04.46 and senior Joshua Shaw was third (1:05.78). Sophomore Joshua Kingsland won the 800m run (1:55.44) and freshman Steve Schroeder led a Navy contingent that swept places 1-4 in the 1,000m run with a first-place time of 2:29.00.

Sophomore Rico Goldstone placed second in the 60m dash (7.07) and freshman Jordan Sartor-Francis was third at 7.09 after clocking a 7.05 in the prelims of the event. Senior Mitch Simmonds won the 60m hurdles at 8.31 and Navy's 4x800m relay team of Nick Palermo, Kyle Davis, Ethan Genco and Shaw took first place at 8:07.79.

Freshman Jeremy Granderson won the long jump at 22-3½ (6.79m) and junior Daniel Park was second in the triple jump at 43-3 (13.18m). Senior Rand Montermini placed second in the heptathlon at 4597 points and senior Chris Fowler was third at 4554. Montermini cleared 6-8¼ (2.04m) in the high jump to meet the IC4A standard.

Tom Fitzsimmons, competing unattached, set a new facility record in the heptathlon at 5200 points.

Navy will host Temple, Delaware State and McDaniel next Saturday at Wesley A. Brown Field House.



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