Mids Open Outdoor Season with Strong Performances at UC-San Diego Challenge
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Navy men's track and field junior javelin thrower Sean Richards records strong personal best mark as he leads Navy at the UC-San Diego Challenge in San Diego, California. Navy will remain in the state during its spring break for the Ross and Sharon Irwin Meet on Saturday.
"It was good to see our guys get a good warm up to the outdoor season," Navy head coach Stephen Cooksey said. "Our throwers thrived at this meet and we continue to improve before returning home for our first home meet."
Richards shined among the throwers as he recorded a personal-best javelin mark of 222ft-0in (67.66m). The Skillman, New Jersey, native's first place throw was 8ft-7in farther than his previous best throw that earned him the 2016 Patriot League individual crown in the javelin.
Along with Richards, junior John Campbell (Amarillo, Texas) tallied two first-place performances in the field. Campbell opened up with a first-place hammer throw mark of 188ft-3in (57.39m) and followed up with a first-place discus performance with a throw of 170ft-4in (51.93m). Senior co-captain Griffie Loy (Mount Pleasant, S.C.) won the shot put with a throw of 55ft-2.25in (16.82m).
Sophomore Sean Brennan (Westfield, N.J.) recorded runner-up finishes in the hammer throw and shot put. Brennan placed second in the hammer throw at 171ft-1in (52.16m) and then finished second in the shot put at 50ft-7.5in (15.43m).
In the pole vault, sophomore Stefano Pineda (Hockessin, Del.) carried over a strong indoor season with a first-place finish to begin the outdoor slate. Pineda recorded a personal-best mark 16ft-6.75in (5.05m), which was four inches better than his previous best.
In his first career outdoor meet, freshman Cedric Williams captured first place in the long jump. Williams placed first with a mark of 22ft-11.25in (6.99m).
On the track, senior co-captain Nate Gainey (Ellicott City, Md.), junior Devin Enslen (Alamogordo, N.M.) and sophomore Dan Kelly (Warwick, N.Y.) all tallied first place finishes. Enslen captured first in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.48. Kelly earned first in the 400-meter dash, clocking in at 48.62. Gainey recorded first in the 800-meter run at 1:54.42.