Jan. 25, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – In its final tune-up before the annual star meet, Navy men’s track & field recorded strong performances in both the track and field at the Wesley A. Brown Invitational on Saturday. The Mids tallied 22 IC4A-qualifying performances.
“Our main goal today was to have our athletes, who were scheduled in their respective events, record some of their better performances of the year and carry over that confidence heading into the meet against Army,” said head coach Stephen Cooksey. “Looking at our results, I am confident to say that the athletes were close to or at their best marks of the year and are excited to compete against Army next week.”
Of Navy’s 22 IC4A-qualifying performances, senior captain Zack Duncavage (League City, Texas) was the only Mid to recorded multiple IC4A-qualifying performances (weight throw & shot put). Duncavage’s marks in the weight throw (18.42m) and the shot put (16.28m) placed him second in each event.
In the sprints, Jordan Sartor-Francis in the 60m (6.88), Brett Bogaard in the 200m (21.95), Austin Batiste (47.90) and Jeremy Cadiente (48.89) in the 400m and Nick Palermo in the 800m (1:53.37) all tallied IC4A-qualifying times in their respective events. Both Sartor-Francis and Batiste were able to shave .01 and .12 seconds off their 2013-14 times.
For the distance races, Navy saw 10 of its 14 competitors tally IC4A-qualifying times. Stephen Schroeder
paced the Mids in the mile run (4:09.29), Kyle Davis
in the 3000m (8:22.54) and Ryan Kelley
in the 5000m (14:41.39).
At the field events, Mark Vetere led Navy in the pole vault with a mark of 4.95m with teammate Michael Brunoforte coming in a close second place (4.80m). Jeremy Granderson and Nick Deterding tied each other in the high jump with a mark of 1.99m. In the triple jump, Khaalif Wolfe recorded a personal-best mark of 14.27m (previous best was 14.14m).
Navy will look ahead to next Saturday’s meet against archrival Army in the annual star meet at the Wesley A. Brown Field House. Navy owns the all-time indoor series record, 27-25-2. The Mids are 17-9-2 in Annapolis.