Navy Men's Track in First Place at Patriot League Championship
Feb. 16, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Navy men's indoor track and field team is in first place after two days of the three-day Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championship at Army's Gillis Field House. The Mids lead with 54.50 points and are followed by Bucknell (44), Lehigh (33), Army (23), American (14), Colgate (10), Holy Cross (4.50) and Lafayette (3).
"This was a good start for us and we have something to build on tomorrow," head coach Stephen Cooksey said. "Rand Montermini and Chris Fowler did a great job in the heptathlon. They stayed in the competition and performed very well. Zack and the throwers did a great job today as well and we qualified a number of guys to the finals of the sprints tomorrow."
Senior Rand Montermini won the two-day heptathlon with 4901 points, the fourth-best mark in school history. Montermini was in third place after the first four events on Friday and entered the final event, the 1,000m, in second place but clocked a 2:48.42 to earn enough points to win the event title.
Montermini cleared 13-9¼ (4.20m) in the pole vault, the best mark of the day, and ran an 8.86 in the 60m hurdles. On Friday, Montermini cleared 6-7 (2.01m) in the high jump, ran a 7.40 in the 60m dash, had a long jump of 20-10¾ (6.37m) and a shot put mark of 30-5½ (9.28m).
Teammate Chris Fowler took second in the heptathlon with 4886 points, his career-best mark as Navy earned 18 points in the multis.
On Saturday, Fowler ran an 8.88 in the 60m hurdles, cleared 13-5¼ (4.10m) in the pole vault and clocked a 2:50.53 in the 1,000m run. On Friday, he recorded a shot put mark of 41-3 (12.57m), a long jump of 21-7½ (6.59m), a high jump of 5-10¾ (1.80m) and a 60m dash time of 7.47.
Montermini earns All-Patriot League First-Team honors with the victory and Fowler earns second-team all-league honors for finishing as the runner-up.
Junior Zack Duncavage, a 2012 All-American in the discus, won the weight throw on Saturday with a career-best mark of 65-0 (19.81m). The mark was well over the IC4A standard and is the seventh-best mark in school history. This is Duncavage's second individual league title and all-league first-team honor.
Junior Kyle Fortney took fifth place in the weight throw to help Navy score 12 points in the event with a personal-best and IC4A mark of 58-8¾ (17.90m). Junior Derrick Petett had an IC4A mark of 57-8½ (17.59m) but finished just outside the scoring range in seventh place.
Navy's 4x800m relay team was the runner-up at 7:42.76 (IC4A) to earn eight points. Senior Joshua Shaw, junior Caleb Haney, sophomore Joshua Kingsland and junior Weston Kennedy earn all-league second-team honors with their second-place showing.
Navy had two athletes score in the high jump. Freshman Jeremy Granderson was fifth at 6-6¼ (1.99m) and Montermini, after completing the heptathlon, placed sixth at 6-2¼ (1.89m).
Sophomore Rico Goldstone placed third in the long jump at 22-10 (6.96m) and Granderson was fourth at 22-9¼ (6.94m). The duo claimed 10 team points for Navy in the event and Granderson scored in two different events in his championship debut.
Senior Christopher Galvin earned four team points for Navy by placing fourth in the 5,000m run at 14:36.43 (IC4A). Sophomore John Sweeney was seventh at 14:49.59 and his flat-track converted time is under the IC4A standard.
Saturday also featured the prelims of the sprinting events to set up Sunday's finals. Navy performed well in the prelims, sending two runners forward to the finals in each of the three events (60m dash, 200m dash, 60m hurdles).
Freshman Jordan Sartor-Francis will compete in the finals of the 60m dash after clocking a 7.05 in the prelims and a 7.02 in the semifinals. Goldstone is also in the 60m dash finals (7.08).
Sunday's competition will feature the finals of the remaining 14 events. The men's running events will begin at 12:15 PM the mile run and the men's field events will begin at 10:00 AM. Navy will try to remain in first place and win its fifth indoor title in the last 10 years.