Men's Track Defeats Army in Star Meet
Feb. 1, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - For the third straight year, the Navy men's track & field team took care of Army in the annual star meet, 100-81, on Saturday at the Wesley A. Brown Field House. The Mids 100-81 victory was the fourth largest margin in the all-time series.
"We carried over what we have shown the past five meets, which was a solid team effort," said head coach Stephen Cooksey. "We displayed great depth in the field, going 1-2 in four of the six events and saw good performances on the track."
As a team, Navy accumulated 20 IC4A-qualifying performances, 10 individual victories, two Army-Navy individual event records and one Wesley A. Brown Field House record. Of the 10 Navy event victories, the Mids went a perfect six-for-six in the field. Navy saw 10 different individuals record first-place finishes.
Navy's Mark Vetere (Jr., Andover, Mass.) shined the brightest, breaking the Wesley A. Brown Field House record in a first-place finish at the pole vault with a mark of 5.23 meters. The old field house record was 5.20 meters set by North Carolina's Parker Smith on Jan. 29, 2011.
"Mark [Vetere] has been a tough competitor all season but he really showed it today," said Cooksey after Vetere's record-breaking pole vault performance.
In the field, the Mids swept all six events. Captain Zack Duncavage (Sr., League City, Texas) finished first in the shot put with a throw of 16.25m (IC4A). Derrick Petett (Sr., Lexington Park, Md.) placed first in the weight throw and was followed by Duncavage with marks of 18.37m (IC4A) and 18.30m (IC4A), respectively.
Nick Deterding (Fr., Lindsborg, Kan.) and Jeremy Granderson (So., Fredericksburg, Va.) tied for first in the high jump with a mark of 1.99m. Mids Randon McKain (Sr., Sutherland, Neb.) in the long jump (6.93m) and Khaalif Wolfe (Fr., Mechanicsburg, Pa.) in the triple jump (14.36m, personal best) both placed first.
On the track, Jordan Sartor-Francis (So., Jonesboro, Ga.) and Brett Bogaard (Sr., Pella, Iowa) had strong performances in the sprints.
Sartor-Francis crossed the tape first in the 200-meter dash with a finishing time of 21.44. Sartor-Francis broke the Army-Navy series record, which was previously set by Navy's Torrance Chaplin (21.73) set back in 2000. He also broke the Mids' team record, which was held by Clay Stackhouse (21.48) set back in 1989.
Bogaard recorded IC4A-qualifying marks in both the 200m (22.08) and the 400m (48.92), finishing third and second, respectively. Austin Batiste (So., Long Beach, Calif.) finished first in the 400m with a mark of 47.96 (IC4A).
With the win, Navy extends its lead in the all-times series, 28-25-2 and 19-9-2 in Annapolis, Md. Head coach Stephen Cooksey improves to 17-9 overall against the Black Knights in Indoor Star Meets.
Navy will have a week off before it competes in the Spire Invitational in Geneva, Ohio on Saturday, Feb. 15.