March 29, 2014
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Navy men’s track and field team recorded eight IC4A-qualifying performances and nine first-place finishes at the non-scored Maryland Invitational Saturday in College Park, Md.
“We had a very balanced effort from the entire team,” head coach Stephen Cooksey said. “I hope to see the confidence that our athletes had today result in a strong effort against Army in next weekend’s Star Meet.”
Navy recorded two IC4A-qualifying performances on the track. Sophomore Jordan Sartor-Francis finished first in the 100m with a time of 10.68 (IC4A). Sophomore Austin Batiste placed first in the 400m dash with time of 48.81 (IC4A).
In the field, the Mids tallied six IC4A-qualifying performances. Senior Isaac Losee finished first in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.74 (IC4A). Kyle Davis finished first in the 3000m steeplechase (9:45.82).
Jiles Maness and Mark Vetere finished 1-2 in the pole vault with marks of 15-9 (4.8m) and 14-6 (4.42m) respectively. Maness’ mark of 15-9 is an IC4A-qualifying mark. Jeremy Granderson and Rico Goldstone also finished first and second in the long jump with marks of 21-4 (6.5m) and 20-2.5 (6.16m).
Navy took three of four first-place finishes in the throwing events. Griffie Loy
tallied his first career first-place finish in the discus throw with a mark of 157-2 (47.9m) (IC4A). Thomas Buffone
paced all athletes in the hammer throw with a mark of 186-5 (56.83). Jay Stell
placed first in the javelin throw a mark of 210-5 (64.15m).
The Mids 4x100 relay squad finished first with an IC4A-qualifying mark of 42.19.
Navy will travel to Army on Saturday, April 5 for the annual Star meet. The competition for the men’s will begin at 3 p.m., following the conclusion of the women’s meet.