Track and Field Completes Final Tune-Up Before Army Star Meet
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy men’s and women’s track and field team registered a solid outing at the 10th Annual Wesley Brown Invitational on Saturday afternoon at the Wesley A. Brown Field House. The men’s meet featured 17 IC4A qualifiers, while the women’s meet saw a pair of Midshipmen enter the school’s top-10 and six ECAC qualifying marks.
“Great effort by our group,” Director of Navy Track and Field Jamie Cook said after the meets. “There were a lot of season-bests and a lot of PRs today. I think we put ourselves in a really good position to compete against Army next week.
“There was a great crowd here today. I thought the addition of Devon Allen and Johnathan Cabral hyping up the crowd and Devon setting some facility records was fantastic. I think the throwers did outstanding today. The women’s hurdlers did well today. All across the board, you saw a lot of freshmen starting to shine. I am not sure where our athletes are in the Navy top-10, but I think some athletes may have moved into the top-10 all time for Navy so that is pretty impressive. I am proud, but we will be into our championship season soon.”
The highlight of the men’s meet was the 60-meter hurdles which featured Olympians Devon Allen and Johnathan Cabral running independently. Allen claimed the preliminary with a facility-record 7.64, followed by Cabral, who clocked a 7.86. Navy 60m hurdles record-holder Kordell Williams (Upper Marlboro, Md.) posted an IC4A qualifying time of 8.17 to advance to the finals. In the finals, Allen once again posted a time of 7.64, while Cabral notched a 7.85. Clayton Thompson (Corpus Christi, Texas) was the top Navy finisher in the event with a time of 8.27.
Allen also participated in the 200m dash, marking the first time in his career he ran the event. The US Olympian clocked a 20.94 to win the event, while Devin Enslen (21.61 – Alamogordo, N.M.), Evan Lexo (21.91 – Groton, Mass.), and Austin Pierce (22.22 – Dahlonega, Ga.) all registered IC4A qualifying times.
The men’s team saw nine student-athletes post first-place performances. Eric Hughey (Lee's Summit, Mo.) used a 1:04.04 to earn first place in the 500m dash, while distance runners Justin Hyytinen (2:26.57 – Farmington, Minn.), Jake Brophy (4:08.66 – New Hope, Pa.), Josh Hanna (8.21.13 – Winfield, Kan.), and Julian Perez (15:04.43 - Beaumont, Texas) took first in the 1,000m, 1-mile, 3,000m, and 5,000m runs, respectively. Cory Donley (Salina, Kan.) and Jake Shewbert (Flowery Branch, Ga.) were second in the 1-mile and 3,000m runs with IC4A qualifying times of 4:10.31 and 8:23.61, correspondingly.
Cedric Williams (Powder Springs, Ga.) won the long jump and the triple jump. His distance of 6.98m (22-11.00) in the long jump just missed qualifying for the postseason, while his mark of 14.62m (47-11.75) was good enough to qualify in the triple jump.
In the throws, John Barber (Sugar Land, Texas) won the shot put, while Mike Milcarek (Woodinville, Wash.) claimed the weight throw. Barber’s throw of 16.24m (53-03.50) was good enough for first in the shot, while Milcarek’s first-place throw of 17.75m (58-03.00) was his best of the season by a full meter. Sean Brennan (Westfield, N.J.) came in second in each event with throws of 16.10m (52-10.00) in the shot and 17.59m (57-08.50) in the weight throw.
Stefano Pineda (Hockessin, Del.) and Lexo rounded out the IC4A marks on the day. Pineda posted a height of 4.80m (15-09.00) in the pole vault to qualify, while Lexo’s time of 6.97 in the 60m dash was the Mids’ fastest of the day.
On the women’s side, plebe Chelsey Edwards (Schertz, Texas) continued her stellar rookie campaign. The freshman clocked a time of 25.03 in the 200m dash to post the third fastest time in Navy history in the event.
Fellow plebe Evelyn Berecz (Downington, Pa.) notched the seventh best jump in Midshipmen history in the triple jump with an ECAC qualifying distances of 11.80m (38-08.75).
In the pole vault, Navy had the top four competitors with Rosemary Brinegar (Coppell, Texas), Kaitlyn Stafford (Friendswood, Texas), Claire Chandler (San Diego, Calif.), and Maggie Ruud (Fairfax Station, Va.) each posting an ECAC height of 3.65m (11-11.75). The finish was determined by the judges.
Senior captain Brittany Burg (Gasport, N.Y.) posted an ECAC qualifying time of 56.42 in the 400m dash, finishing the event in second place.
Wade-Watta Kamara (Virginia Beach, Va.) was the top finisher in the 60m dash with a time of 7.83, while finishing just out of the Navy top-10 in the 200m dash with a time of 25.33. Amanda Henson (West Barnstable, Mass.) time of 7.87 in the 60m dash was good enough for fourth.
Navy posted first place finishes in the 800m and 1,000m runs by Kara Kakascik (2:15.92 – Weirton, W.Va.) and Phoebe Kirk (2:57.08 – Ewa Beach, Hawaii), respectively. In the 500m dash, Sydney Barber (Lake Forest, Ill.) was the fastest Mid with a time of 1:16.91 to earn second place.
The 60m hurdles saw Alyssa Chang (Chula Vista, Calif.) and Berecz finish back-to-back with times of 9.21 and 9.22 to claim spots in the top five of the event.
Julia Speranzo (Springfield, Va.) won the high jump with a height of 1.68m (5-06.00), while Samantha Orie (Greensburg, Pa.) was the top finisher in both the shot put (12.79m / 41-11.50) and the weight throw (15.59m / 51-01.75), taking third in each event.
Navy takes on Army West Point in a dual meet for both men’s and women’s track and field next Saturday. The annual Army-Navy Indoor Star Meet presented by USAA is slated to begin with the men’s meet at 11:00 a.m., while the women’s meet will begin at approximately 2:15 p.m. The meet will be live streamed on the Patriot League Network.