Track and Field Posts Solid Performance at Terrapin Invite
LANDOVER, Md. – The Navy men’s and women’s track and field teams posted solid performances on the road on Saturday afternoon at the Maryland Terrapin Invitational at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Md. The men’s team finished the day in second place, while the women’s team claimed fourth.
“I was impressed by the performances of a lot of our younger athletes,” Director of Track and Field Jamie Cook said after the meet. “Wins by Sean Brennan in the shot and weight throw; Thomas Johnstone in the pole vault; Kevin Murray in the 5K. Second place finishes by Mike Milcarek in the weight throw; Wade-Watta Kamara in the 60-meter; Grace West in the 5K; and Rosemary Brinegar in the pole vault.
“We had a chance to represent Navy at an away competition and realize the level of competition that is out there. We will come back strong next week when we host the Wesley Brown Invitational.”
The men’s team tallied 85 points on the day to finish in second place behind Morgan State (93). Johns Hopkins (70), Virginia State (68) and meet-host Maryland (49) rounded out the top five. On the women’s side, Navy finished the day with 69 points. The Terps won the women’s side with 111 points, eight points ahead of Towson (103). Morgan State (79) claimed third place and Johns Hopkins (42.5) finished behind the Mids in fifth.
Sean Brennan (Westfield, N.J.) won the shot put and the weight throw competitions. The junior won the shot put with a throw of 16.87m (55-04.25), while claiming the weight throw with a toss of 17.56m (57-07.50). Brennan was joined in the top 10 of the shot put by John Barber (Sugar Land, Texas – 15.40m (50-06.25)), Mike Milcarek (Woodinville, Wash. – 15.02m (49-03.50)), and Jimmer Swanson (Grand Island, Neb. – 13.00m (42-08.00)) who finished fourth, fifth and 10th, respectively. Milcarek finished second behind Brennan in the weight throw with a throw of 16.65m (54-07.50), while Bryson Kasper (Appleton, Wis.) was third with a toss of 15.37m (50-05.25) and Tommy Reeder (Kiln, Miss.) took seventh with a 14.34m (47-00.75).
The women’s throws saw senior captain Ashanti Curry (Jacksonville, N.C.) claim third place honors in the shot put with a distance of 13.78m (45-02.50). Samantha Orie’s (Greenburg, Pa.) mark of 12.28m (40-03.50) in the shot was good enough for eighth. The trio of Audrey Brandon (Lima, Ohio), Izzy Marini (Elkgrove, Calif.) and Orie took eighth, ninth, and 10th in the weight throw with distances of 15.39m (50-06.00), 15.36m (50-04.75), and 14.65m (48-00.75), respective.
In the pole vault, Thomas Johnstone (Los Gatos, Calif.) won the event with a jump of 4.80m (15-09.00), while Luke Moffett (Katy, Texas) took third place with a height of 4.50m (14-09.00). Rosemary Brinegar (Coppell, Texas) was the top finisher in the women’s pole vault with a mark of 3.65m (11-11.75). Maggie Ruud (Fairfax Station, Va.), Claire Chandler (San Diego, Calif.), and Maddi Falvey (Cypress, Texas) each tied with a height of 3.50m (11-05.75) to post top 10 finishes.
Wade-Watta Kamara (Virginia Beach, Va.) was the top finisher for the Navy women in both the 60-meter and 200m dashes with a pair of top 10 finishes. Kamara notched a time of 7.94 in the preliminaries of the 60m dash to advance to the finals. In the finals, the senior clocked a time of 7.83 to finish second in the event. The 200m dash saw Kamara post a time of 26.08 to claim sixth place.
In the 800m run, Kara Kakascik (Weirton, W.Va.) earned fifth place with a time of 2:15.40. On the men’s side, Greg Nelson (Odessa, Texas) earned third place (1:58.80) and Dominic Franshaw (Houston, Texas) took sixth place (2:00.22) in the 800.
In the distance events, Kevin Murray (Wilmington, Del.) won the 5,000m run with a time of 15:06.48, while Rob Graham (Phoenix, Ariz.) earned a top 10 finish with a 16:00.20. Grace West (Pinehurst, N.C. – 17:54.78), Emily Craig (Reisterstown, Md. – 18:09.40), Karla Mendoza (Madison, Neb. – 18:25.64), Josie Kornak (St. Louis, Mo. – 18:57.91), and Caitlin Schmitt (Evergreen, Colo. – 19:05.57) all clocked top-10 performances in the 5,000m run. Connor Nicholson (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.) finished in 10th place in the 3,000m with his time of 8:57.83.
Navy returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 27, as the Midshipmen host the annual Wesley Brown Invitational. The meet begins with the field events at 9:30 a.m. in Wesley A. Brown Field House.