Feb. 4, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy men's indoor track and field team (8-2) won 10 of 17 events to defeat Army, 98-83, and win the N-Star on Saturday at Wesley A. Brown Field House. With the win, Navy takes a 26-25-2 lead in the all-time indoor series.
"The seniors did a great job and it was nice for them to go out this way," said head coach Stephen Cooksey. "Our captain Dom Della Pelle talked to those guys and said the senior class had to step up, and they did right down the line."
The Navy seniors, who had yet to defeat Army in indoor track, claimed eight of the team's nine individual victories. The Mids swept the throws and dominated the running events, winning all six races from the 400m through the 3,000m.
Senior captain Dominic Della Pelle took first in the 1,000m run with a 2:27.52 and senior Jeremy Haney was second in the event with a 2:27.92. Both times were under the IC4A standard.
Senior Cody Rome won the mile run with an IC4A time of 4:08.54, Navy's top mile time of the season. Della Pelle was second in the event, clocking a 4:10.01 (IC4A).
Senior James Pearson won the 3,000m run with a time of 8:19.27 and classmate Ken Bunnell was second at 8:23.10. Both times were under the IC4A benchmark.
Senior Matt Evers took first place in the 500m dash with an IC4A-qualifying time and a personal record of 1:04.18. Junior Joshua Shaw was third in the 500m, coming in at 1:05.07.
Senior Lucas Connelly won the 800m run with a time of 1:54.88 (IC4A) and sophomore Weston Kennedy placed second (1:55.11).
Seniors Chris Boniwell and Chris Ricks swept the throwing events. Boniwell won the shot put with a personal record on his final attempt of 54-5½ (16.60m) and Ricks won the weight throw with a mark of 57-9½ (17.61m). Both throws, along with sophomore Zack Duncavage's second place weight throw of 57-2¼ (17.43m, PR) were over the IC4A qualifying standard.
Senior Paul Neidhardt equaled his PR in the pole vault with a first-place clear of 16-2¾ (4.95m, IC4A) and freshman Mark Vetere placed second at 15-9 (4.80m, IC4A).
Freshman Daniel Gallien won the 400m dash with a time of 49.26. Navy's top quarter-miler, Alex Jackson, was nearly knocked over by Army's top man, Michael Hutchins, who fell out of the race. However, Jackson recovered to place third with a 50.34.
Navy's 4x400m relay team of Gallien, Evers, Connelly and Shaw ran the team's best time of the season, a first-place showing of 3:16.83.
Senior Josh Houston matched his PR and hit the IC4A standard for the first time this season with a clear of 6-8¼ (2.04m) in the high jump, good for third place.
Junior Miles Snelgrove equaled Army's Thomas Wagner in the long jump with a distance of 23-5¼ (7.14m), but lost in a tiebreaker. Snelgrove and Wagner had identical best and second best attempts, so the event came down to their third distance. It was Snelgrove's first meet of the season.
Junior Mitch Simmonds ran a season-best time of 8.27 to place second in the 60m hurdles. His time was just 0.02 off the IC4A-qualifying standard.
Freshman Jalen Elrod ran Navy's best 60m dash time of the year, placing third in the event at 7.10.
"We had some great performances all the way down the line," said Cooksey. "We told the guys that today was not about your time, it was about beating them and getting team points. You have to be strategic and smart in a dual meet like this and you end up running for points."
Cooksey improved his indoor Star Meet record against Army to 15-9.
Navy will return to action next weekend at Clemson's Tiger Paw Invitational.