Jan. 18, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Navy men’s track & field took care of business, finishing first in the five-team meet on Saturday at the Wesley A. Brown Field House. Mids placed first in 12 of the 17 total scored events, six on the track and six in the field.
“Even though some of our top athletes have been dealing with injuries and needed to rest them, we were happy with the performances we got today from the student-athletes that stepped up,” said head coach Stephen Cooksey. “We will need to be careful how we train and who we put out there to compete so we can be at full strength come Feb. 1 when Army comes.”
Navy put on a strong performance in the field, winning all six scored events on the day. Senior Randon McKain (Sutherland, Neb.) led the Mids with two first-place finishes, one in the triple jump (13.69m/44-11.0 ft) and one in the long jump (6.73m/22-1.0 ft). Senior captain Zack Duncavage (League City, Texas) put on his best performance of his career in the shot put, throwing an IC4A-qualifying mark, first-place mark and personal-best 16.41-meters/53-10.25 ft (previous best was 16.19m).
For the third straight meet, senior Derrick Petett (Lexington Park, Md.) led the meet and Navy in the weight throw with an IC4A-qualifying performance of 18.33m/60-1.75 ft. Freshmen Nick Deterding (Lindsborg, Kan.) and Cody Parker (South Vienna, Ohio) finished first and second in the high jump with performances of 1.99m and 1.89m, respectively.
Both junior Mark Vetere
and senior Ryan Kochert
tied one another in the pole vault with IC4A-qualifying performances of 4.95m marks.
On the track, Navy saw three different athletes record first-place finishes for the first time in the 2013-14 season. Sophomores Justin Maguire (Brewster, N.Y) in the 3000-meter run (8.26.21), Nathan Haynes (Liberty Township, Ohio) in the 800m run (1:57.03) and freshman Alec Richardson in the mile run (4:22.42).
The Mids finished in the top two spots in both the 500m run and 60m hurdles. Freshman Roberto Swersky (Morris Plains, N.J.) and sophomore John Rice (Lithonia, Ga.) grabbed first and second in the 500m run with times of 1:05.95 and 1:07.82, respectively. Senior Isaac Losee (Salt Lake City, Utah) and freshman Malcom White (Virginia Beach, Va.) took first and second in the 60m hurdles with times of 8.36 and 8.59.
Navy wrapped up the meet with an exciting 4x800m relay against UMBC. Navy struggled to hand the baton off from the second leg to the third leg and gave the Retrievers a slight lead. But the Mids’ Glenn Harris picked up ground for Nathan Haynes’ anchor run. With UMBC’s Andrew Smith leading for most of the leg, Haynes surpassed Smith on the final stretch of the final lap for a first-place finishing time of 7:53.61.
The Mids will look ahead to the Wesley A. Brown Invitational next Saturday, Jan. 25. The Invitational includes Duke, Georgetown, UMBC, Maryland-Eastern Shore, the Citadel and City College of New York. The meet is slated to begin at 11 a.m. with the weigh throw.