Jan. 28, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy men's indoor track and field team (7-2) posted 15 IC4A-qualifying performances and won the distance medley relay at the Wesley A. Brown Invitational on Saturday at the Wesley A. Brown Field House. The highly competitive field included North Carolina, Michigan, Penn, William & Mary, La Salle, Maryland and The Citadel. The invitational was a non-scored meet.
"We competed against some good schools today and were able to improve and get more depth in a lot of areas," said head coach Stephen Cooksey. "We had great depth and consistency in the pole vault, our freshman in the 400 ran faster than he has all year and Cody Rome had a great 5K. We reached our goal this week, which was to set up for next week against Army."
Navy's distance medley relay team of senior Dominic Della Pelle, senior Alex Jackson, sophomore Weston Kennedy and sophomore Cody Thompson teamed up to take first place in the event with a season-best time of 10:04.83 (IC4A). Della Pelle ran the opening 1200m leg, Jackson ran the 400m, Kennedy ran the 800m and Thompson ran the 1600m anchor leg.
The 4x400m relay team also fared well, placing second with a time of 3:17.68 (IC4A), also a season-best performance. The 4x400m squad consisted of senior Lucas Connelly, junior Travis Fanning, freshman Daniel Gallien and junior Joshua Shaw.
Senior Cody Rome claimed second place in the 5,000m run with a Navy season-best time of 14:25.94 (IC4A). Senior James Pearson (6th, 14:41.93), sophomore Kyle Satterwhite (8th, 14:42.69) and junior Christopher Galvin (10th, 14:46.57) all also came in under the IC4A standard.
Senior Michael Sheehan ran a PR of 8:21.67 (IC4A) to take third in the 3,000m run. Sophomore Sean Rynning was sixth (8:23.66), freshman Brian De La Mora was eighth (8:24.57) and sophomore C.J. Elward was 10th (8:25.86). All of the previously listed times were under the IC4A standard. Navy has now qualified six runners in the 3K this season.
Senior Ken Bunnell turned in Navy's top mile time of the year, clocking a 4:10.59 (IC4A) to take fifth place in the event.
Junior Mitch Simmonds qualified for the finals in the 60m hurdles in his season debut, clocking an 8.37 to take seventh place. The time was Navy's best in the event so far this season.
Sophomore Brett Bogaard placed fourth in the 200m dash (22.37) and was seventh in the 60m dash (7.22). Freshman Jalen Elrod was Navy's top finisher in the 60m with a fifth-place time of 7.15.
Connelly took second in the 800m run with an IC4A-qualifying time of 1:54.15. Evers was fifth in the event with a 1:55.06.
Freshman Daniel Gallien placed ninth in the 400m dash with a season-best time of 49.66.
Senior Josh Houston took second place in the high jump (6-6¼, 1.99m) and junior Rand Montermini was fourth (6-4¼, 1.94m). Freshman Rico Goldstone posted Navy's top long jump mark of the season, hitting 21-8 (6.60m) to place fourth in the event.
Senior Paul Neidhardt and sophomore Ryan Kochert each cleared the IC4A standard of 15-9 (4.80m) to tie for second in the pole vault. Freshmen Mark Vetere and Ray Matelli cleared 15-3 (4.65m) for the first time this season to place sixth and eighth, respectively.
Senior Chris Ricks placed third in the weight throw (55-8¼, 16.97m, IC4A) and sophomore Brandon Swindler took fourth at 55-0¾ (16.78m). Sophomore Billy Grammer hit a new PR with his fifth-place showing of (54-4½, 16.57m).
Senior Chris Boniwell took third in the shot put with a throw of 49-6¼ (15.09m) and sophomore Zack Duncavage was fifth (46-0½, 14.03m).
New Wesley A. Brown Field House records achieved on Saturday were North Carolina's Clayton Parros in the 400m (47.56), Michigan's Brendon Blacklaws in the mile (4:04.48) and Michigan's Ethan Dennis in the weight throw (65-10¼, 20.07m).
Navy will return to Wesley A. Brown Field House next Saturday to battle Army in the annual indoor Star Meet. The all-time Army-Navy indoor Star Meet series is deadlocked at 25-25-2. Navy holds a 16-9-2 edge in meets held in Annapolis.
Lt. Cmdr. Wesley A. Brown, USN (Ret.) attended the meet and a special pre-meet ceremony was held in his honor. Brown was the Naval Academy's first African American graduate in 1949.