Navy Men Win Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championship
Rookie of the Meet Austin Batiste
Feb. 17, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Navy men's indoor track and field team won the 2013 Patriot League Indoor Championship at Army's Gillis Field House this weekend with 204.50 team points. Navy won seven individual titles at the league meet and was the runner-up in 10 events. The indoor title is Navy's fifth in the last 10 years.
Navy swept the major awards at the league championship. Junior Weston Kennedy was named the Patriot League Track Athlete of the Meet, junior Zack Duncavage was named the Field Athlete of the Meet and freshman Austin Batiste was named the Rookie of the Meet.
Stephen Cooksey was selected as the Patriot League Coach of the Year for the sixth time in his career. This was the first time one school has won all four major awards.
"The kids were really behind each other and that helped us catch fire," Cooksey said. "They were really into this meet. They were all willing to give up their bodies and do everything they had to do to get the win. It was a great team-effort across the board."
Kennedy opened the day on Sunday by winning the mile run in 4:16.14 and then he came back later to win the 1,000m, lunging across the line to win by .01 seconds at 2:28.54 (IC4A). Kennedy also ran on Navy's distance medley relay and 4x800m relay teams, earning second-place finishes in both events. Kennedy helped contribute 36 team points and he was the only individual double winner.
Duncavage placed second in the shot put at 52-8¼ (16.06m), a new personal best and IC4A-qualifying effort. Duncavage won the weight throw on Saturday, also with a personal-best mark to account for 18 points. Duncavage earned All-America honors and was the league champion in the discus in 2012. Duncavage is the third Midshipman to be named the Field Athlete of the Meet at the indoor league championship.
Batiste won the 400m dash at 49.38 and was second in the 200m dash (22.14, IC4A). He was also on Navy's third-place 4x400m team. Batiste earned all-league first-team honors for winning the 400m and all-league second-team honors for the runner-up finish in the 200m. He helped contribute 24 team points in his championship debut.
Navy totaled 28 points in the pole vault, taking the top four spots. Sophomore Mark Vetere won his third Patriot League pole vault title in as many opportunities, clearing 16-8¾ (5.10m). Junior Ryan Kochert and sophomore Adam Vetere tied for second with clears of 16-2¾ (4.95m) and freshman Jiles Maness placed fourth at 15-9 (4.80m). All four pole vaulters posted IC4A-qualiying performances and both Kochert and Adam Vetere established new personal-best clears.
Senior Kyle Satterwhite took first place in the 3,000m run at 8:23.01 (IC4A) and senior Christopher Galvin was third (8:25.94). With only two relays remaining after the 3,000m run, Satterwhite and Galvin were able to lock up the team title as they expanded Navy's lead over second-place Bucknell to 26.50 points.
Freshman Jordan Sartor-Francis was the runner-up in the 60m dash, clocking a personal-best time of 6.94 to earn All-Patriot League Second-Team honors. Sartor-Francis was also under the IC4A standard for the first time this season.
Junior Jeremy Cadiente placed second in the 500m run at 1:05.38 to earn all-league second-team honors. Sophomore Joshua Kingsland also earned all-league second-team honors by placing second in the 800m run at 1:55.36.
Junior Sean Rynning was third in the mile run at 4:16.66 and Schroeder was fifth (4:19.18). With Kennedy's 10 points for winning, the trio pulled in 18 points in the mile.
Junior Daniel Park placed sixth in the triple jump at 44-6 (13.56m).
Navy's distance medley relay squad of Schroeder, Kingsland, Miller and Kennedy placed second at 10:17.31 and the 4x400m team of Cadiente, Kempel, Mark Vetere and Batiste placed third at 3:20.11.
The 204.50 team points is the most Navy has ever scored at the Patriot League indoor meet and the highest total by any school since 2002. Navy has won the indoor team title in 2004, 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2013 and the outdoor team title in 2008.
Navy will next send its qualified athletes to Boston for the IC4A Indoor Championship from March 2-3. The Mids have qualified athletes in 18 of the 20 events.
Award Winners Track Athlete of the Meet: Weston Kennedy, Navy Field Athlete of the Meet: Zack Duncavage, Navy Rookie of the Meet: Austin Batiste, Navy Coach of the Year: Stephen Cooksey, Navy
Patriot League Champions (All-Patriot League First Team) Austin Batiste 400m Weston Kennedy 1,000m Weston Kennedy Mile Kyle Satterwhite 3,000m Mark Vetere Pole Vault Zack Duncavage Weight Throw Rand Montermini Heptathlon
Patriot League Runners-Up (All-Patriot League Second Team) Jordan Sartor-Francis 60m Austin Batiste 200m Jeremy Cadiente 500m Joshua Kingsland 800m Mitch Simmonds 60m Hurdles Ryan Kochert Pole Vault Adam Vetere Pole Vault Zack Duncavage Shot Put Chris Fowler Heptathlon Joshua Shaw 4x800m Relay Caleb Haney 4x800m Relay Joshua Kingsland 4x800m Relay Weston Kennedy 4x800m Relay Steve Schroeder Distance Medley Relay Joshua Kingsland Distance Medley Relay Chris Miller Distance Medley Relay Weston Kennedy Distance Medley Relay
Final Team Scores 1. Navy 204.50 2. Bucknell 182 3. Army 112 4. Lehigh 70 5. American 17 6. Lafayette 15 7. Colgate 14 8. Holy Cross 5.50
2013 Patriot League Indoor Champions