Men's Track and Field Wraps Up Spire Invitational
Feb. 9, 2013
GENEVA, Ohio - The Navy men's indoor track and field team had a number of strong individual performances at the Spire Invitational at the Spire Institute this weekend. Navy posted nine IC4A-qualifying marks and went up against a number of the nation's top teams on the 300m track, including No. 8 Minnesota and No. 13 Penn State. There was no team scoring.
"We were able to get some good racing in and this will help us keep our edge as we get ready for the Patriot Leagues next week," head coach Stephen Cooksey said. "We had some ups and downs, but we were able to get a number of season-best performances."
Freshman Austin Batiste placed 12th in the Elite 200m dash with an IC4A-qualifying time of 21.99. Batiste has been under the IC4A mark in the 200m dash in all five of his 200m races this season.
Junior Caleb Haney placed 34th in the 800m run with an IC4A-qualifying and personal-best time of 1:54.75. Freshman Chris Miller placed 11th in the 1000m run with a time of 2:28.96 and classmate Sam Peckham was 17th at 2:32.28.
Sophomore John Sweeney led Navy in the 5000m run, placing eighth with a personal-best time of 14:39.06 (IC4A). Sophomore Ryan Kelley was ninth at 14:40.09 (IC4A), also running a personal-best time, and sophomore Kyle Davis was 19th (15:10.93). Junior C.J. Elward ran an 8:29.76 to place 25th in the 3,000m run.
Senior Mitch Simmonds clocked an 8.27 in the prelims of the 60m hurdles to place 12th and junior Isaac Losee was 27th at 8.44. Freshman Jordan Sartor-Francis ran a 7.13 in the prelims of the 60m dash, placing 32nd.
Junior Zack Duncavage placed 12th in the weight throw with an IC4A-qualiying mark of 60-9¼ (18.52m). Sophomore Tom Buffone hit his first IC4A-qualifying mark of the season, placing 23rd at 55-9¾ (17.01m). Four different Navy throwers have surpassed the IC4A standard in the weight throw this season.
Duncavage led the way in the shot put with a mark of 47-6¼ (14.48m) for 32nd place. Buffone was 33rd at 47-2½ (14.39m) and freshman Tom Swanson was 35th at 46-0½ (14.03m), a new season-best.
Sophomore Mark Vetere cleared 16-0¾ (4.90m) in the pole vault to place eighth and his twin brother Adam Vetere also cleared 16-0¾ (4.90m), placing 14th. Both of the Veteres surpassed the IC4A standard. Junior Ryan Kochert cleared 15-7 (4.75m) to place 20th and sophomore Ray Matelli was 27th (15-1, 4.60m).
Navy will next compete at the Patriot League Indoor Championships at West Point from Friday to Sunday.