March 9, 2014
BOSTON - Seven Navy men's track athletes earned All-East honors to highlight a strong effort on the final day of the 2014 IC4A Indoor Championships at Boston University on Sunday afternoon.
Navy finished tied for sixth overall with Bucknell after earning 42 points on the weekend (37 points on Sunday). It is the seventh time that Navy has finished among the top-10 schools at the IC4A Championship during head coach Stephen Cooksey's tenure (which began in 1988-89) and the first time since 2010, when they finished eighth.
"We're pretty happy with the team's overall performance this weekend," said Cooksey. "We ran right at some of our best times of the year. It's always nice to see everything come together at championship time."
Cornell led all teams with 76 points, while Connecticut (54 points), Albany (54 points), Liberty (52 points) and Monmouth (45 points) rounded out the top five.
Jordan Sartor-Francis (So., Jonesboro, Ga.), Austin Batiste (So., Long Beach, Calif.) Sean Rynning (Sr., Longwood, Fla.) Nicholas Palermo (So., Coconut Creek, Fla.), Steve Schroeder (So., Monticello, Ill.), Jiles Maness (So., Winston Salem, N.C.) and Michael Brunoforte (Fr., Holtsville, N.Y.) each finished within the top-eight in their respective events to claim All-East honors. Together with Derrick Petett's fourth-place weight throw finish on Saturday, Navy had eight individual athletes garner All-East honors over the course of the two-day regional championship meet.
Sartor-Francis earned the Midshipmen's top individual finish on the weekend, with a first-place showing in the 200-meter dash. Sartor-Francis, who picked up his first career All-East certificate, beat Connectiuct's Darnell Cummings with a time of 21.05, earning 10 team points for Navy. Batiste also took home All-East laurels after placing third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 46.90.
In the mile run, Rynning turned in a career-best time of 4:07.12 to earn fifth-place points for the Mids. Palermo grabbed sixth place in the 1000-meter run with a finishing time of 2:26.35. Schroeder rounded out the distance runners, placing seventh in 3000-meter run to tally two team points with a time of 8:04.51.
Maness and Brunoforte, meanwhile, placed tied for fifth and eighth in a competitive pole vault field with the same mark of 16ft-6.75in (5.05m) to round out Navy's individual scorers on the afternoon.
Navy's 4x400-meter foursome of Brett Bogaard, Jeremy Cadiente, Nathan Gainey and Batiste shaved off 24 hundreths of a second from Saturday's qualifying time (3:11.82) and placed second with a season-best effort of 3:11.58, just 0:00.04 seconds off the winning pace set by Bucknell.
Zach Duncavage and Thomas Buffone both competed in the shot put, placing 14th and 26th, respectively, with marks of 52ft-2.0in and 48ft-5.25in.
The Mids will return to action on Saturday, March 15 when they kick off the outdoor slate with their annual trip to San Diego for the Point Loma Invitational.
IC4A All-East Performers
Jordan Sartor-Francis 200m (1st)
Austin Batiste 400m (3rd)
Derrick Petett Weight Throw (4th)
Sean Rynning Mile (5th)
Jiles Maness Pole Vault (T-5th)
Nicholas Palermo 1000m (6th)
Steve Schroeder 3000m (7th)
Michael Brunoforte Pole Vault (8th)