Navy Men's Track Posts 2-1 Mark at Home Quad Meet
Paul Neidhardt established a new PR in the pole vault (16-2¾)
Jan. 21, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Rutgers tallied 183 points to take first place at the Navy Quad Meet on Saturday at Wesley Brown Field House. Navy (7-2) placed second with 158 team points and went 2-1 in dual scoring. Rhode Island was third with 140 points and Temple was fourth (112). Rutgers was able to top the four-team field on the strength of nine first-place finishes.
Navy won four events on the day and posted 10 IC4A-qualifying performances.
"Overall I thought we had some pretty good performances down the line," head coach Stephen Cooksey said. "The pole vault and the weight throw were great, as were the 400 and the 500 and we are back to where we were in the 800. We had some improvement and this is what we need to see from week to week.
"We knew it was going to be close today, but we thought if we could strike in a couple events and changes things around we would have had a chance of winning."
Senior Paul Neidhardt set a new personal record in the pole vault, winning the event with an IC4A clear of 16-2¾ (4.95m). Neidhardt's clear was the eighth-best indoor mark in the Cooksey Era (1989-Present) and the best indoor pole vault mark for Navy since the 2008 indoor season. Neidhardt now ranks first in the Patriot League in the event this season. Sophomore Ryan Kochert was fourth in the event with a clear of 15-3 (4.65m).
Senior Chris Ricks placed second in the weight throw with a season-best mark of 59-3 (18.06m). The mark of 18.06m was the second best throw of his career and he also made a throw of 18.04m in the event Saturday. Sophomore Brandon Swindler placed third with a personal-record mark of 55-6½ (16.93m), surpassing the IC4A standard for the first time this season. Sophomore Kyle Fortney also hit a PR in the weight throw, placing fifth with a mark of 54-1 (16.48m).
Senior Lucas Connelly took first place in the 800m with an IC4A-qualifying time of 1:54.55. Junior Joshua Shaw took second in the event with a time of 1:55.55.
The Mids took the top four spots in the 3,000m run. Sophomore Sean Rynning was first (8:31.48), junior Christopher Galvin was second (8:31.80), sophomore Robert Patterson was third (8:40.40) and freshman Shane O'Donnell claimed fourth place (8:41.25).
Navy's 4x800m relay squad of seniors Jeremy Haney, Cody Rome and Dominic Della Pelle and freshman Joshua Kingsland coasted to a first-place time of 7:41.91, eight seconds ahead of second-place Rutgers. The time was the best of the season for Navy and well under the IC4A-qualifying time.
Navy's 4x400m relay team placed second in a photo finish to Rutgers with a time of 3:18.27, under the IC4A standard. The 4x400m team was comprised of senior Matt Evers, freshman Daniel Gallien, senior Isaac Teichgrab and junior Travis Fanning.
Senior Matt Evers took second place in the 500m run with an IC4A-qualifying time of 1:04.25.The time was Navy's best in the 500m this season. Sophomore Max Dunn was fourth (1:06.90) and freshman Joshua Kingsland was fifth (1:06.10).
Navy went 2-3-4 in the mile run, with senior Michael Sheehan placing second (4:13.20), senior James Pearson going third (4:13.99) and sophomore C.J. Elward was fourth (4:15.13). Sheehan and Pearson were both under the IC4A-qualifying time and posted new PRs.
Freshman Jalen Elrod made the finals of the 60m dash, placing sixth with a time of 7.18. Sophomore Brett Bogaard placed fifth in the 200m with a 22.37. Freshman Daniel Gallien took fifth in the 400m dash (49.85).
Navy took spots 4-7 in the shot put, with junior Andrew Wondolowski leading the way with a 43-7¼ (13.29m).
Aaron Lanzel, a 2003 Naval Academy graduate, ran unattached in the 1,000m run and set a Wesley Brown Field House record with a time of 2:24.65.
Navy will next host the Wesley A. Brown Invitational on Saturday, January 28 at 11 am. Scheduled invitees include North Carolina, Michigan and Penn.