Rome Wins 5,000m Run at Patriot League Indoor Championship
Feb. 18, 2012
LEWISBURG, Pa. - The Navy men's indoor track and field team (8-2) won two events on the second day of the 2012 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championship at Bucknell's Gerhard Fieldhouse Saturday. The Mids sit in second place with 41 points with 14 events remaining on Sunday. Bucknell is currently in first place with 56 team points.
Senior Cody Rome won the 5,000m run with a time of 14:14.43 (IC4A), winning by 11 seconds to earn 10 team points. Junior Kyle Satterwhite placed fourth in the event with a time of 14:31.20 (IC4A) for four points. Navy totaled 14 total team points in the 5,000m and a Midshipman won the event for the third straight year.
Due to Bucknell's track specifications, Rome's time will be converted to a 14:10.63 for performance list rankings and is the third best time in school history. Rome will also look to defend his 3,000m title on Sunday. Rome set a Patriot League championship meet record in the 3K last season with a time of 8:07.51. Rome has now won four Patriot League Indoor individual titles.
Navy's Weston Kennedy, Lucas Connelly, Jeremy Haney and Dominic Della Pelle teamed up to win the 4x800m relay, the final event on Saturday. The group clocked a 7:34.81 (IC4A), finishing just ahead of Bucknell (7:35.14). The 10 team points at the end of the day gave Navy a solid boost in the team rankings.
Led by senior Chris Ricks, Navy scored eight points in the weight throw. Ricks placed third with a mark of 59-8½ (18.20m, IC4A) and sophomore Zack Duncavage placed fifth with a mark of 57-2 (17.42m, IC4A). Ricks' mark of 59-8½ was his best of the season and the second best of his career. Ricks won the weight throw at the 2011 league meet.
Sophomore Billy Grammer was just outside the top six with a seventh place showing of 55-1½ (16.80m IC4A).
After placing second in the high jump a year ago, senior Josh Houston tied for third in the event on Saturday. Houston cleared 6-6½ (1.99m) to tie with Jason Brown of Bucknell and each earned five team points.
Junior Chris Fowler moved from sixth to fourth on the second day of the heptathlon to earn four team points for Navy. Fowler amassed 4721 points after placing fourth in the 60m hurdles (8.96), second in the pole vault (13-3½, 4.05m) and eighth in the 1,000m (2:53.33). Fowler's total was the fifth best in school history.
Junior Rand Montermini dropped from fifth to 10th on day two of the heptathlon and was hindered by a no height in the pole vault. He finished with 4086 points.
Junior Mitch Simmonds has advanced to Sunday's final in the 60m hurdles. Simmonds clocked an 8.20 (IC4A) in the prelims to win his heat. He ran the second fastest prelim time, behind Bucknell's Christian Lupica (8.14).
Sophomore Brett Bogaard and freshman Jalen Elrod advanced through the 60m dash prelims and into the semifinals. Elrod ran a 7.13 in the prelims and Bogaard was timed at 7.18. Elrod then ran a 7.11 in the semifinals and Bogaard ran a 7.17, but neither advanced to Sunday's final.
Bogaard will compete in Sunday's final of the 200m dash. Bogaard tied for sixth in the prelims with a 22.35 and placed second in his heat.
The finals of the 14 remaining events will be held on Sunday. The running events will begin at 12 noon with the mile run and the field events start at 10:00 am.
Team Scores Through Six Events
1. Bucknell 56 2. Navy 41 3. Army 29 3. Lehigh 29 5. Lafayette 14 6. American 9 7. Colgate 6 8. Holy Cross 2