Mids Cruise Past Army West Point, 119-84, For The Season Sweep
WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Navy men’s track and field team dominated Army West Point, 119-84, for the season sweep (indoor & outdoor) on Saturday at Shea Stadium. The Mids have swept the Black Knights in both the indoor and outdoor Star Meets for the last five years to combine for 10 consecutive Star victories.
“Our guys continue to impress me every time we compete against Army,” Navy head coach Stephen Cooksey said. “We have a core of guys right now that continue to find ways to perform well against the Black Knights and their teammates feed off that energy for a complete team effort.”
Navy overwhelmed Army on the track and in the field events, combing for 13 first-place performances.
Senior Austin Batiste (Long Beach, Calif.) has been the most consistent athlete over the last four seasons against Army and he did not disappoint in Saturday’s meet. Batiste won the 400-meter dash with a time of 46.96, which was not only his fourth outdoor individual title but his eighth individual title overall (indoor & outdoor) in the event.
In the sprints, senior Jordan Sartor-Francis (Jonesboro, Ga.) and sophomore Devin Enslen (Alamogordo, N.M.) took the top two spots in both the 100 and 200-meter dash. Sartor-Francis (10.68) edged Enslen (10.70) by 0.02 seconds in the 100 meter and then by 0.23 seconds (21.22; 21.45) in the 200-meter dash.
Freshman Justin Hyytinen (Farmington, Minn.) captured his first-career individual title in the 800-meter run, crossing the finish line at 1:55.04. Senior Steve Schroeder (Monticello, Ill.) won his third consecutive crown in the 1,500-meter run. Freshman Kordell Williams (Upper Marlboro, Md.) also tallied his first-career individual outdoor title in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.89.
Cross country teammates Lucas Stalnaker (Tega Cay, S.C.) and Sam Peckham (Valencia, Calif.) placed first and second in the 5,000-meter run, finishing 0:00.09 seconds within each other. Stalnaker crossed the finish line first at 14:53.02 and Peckham finished right after at 14:53.11.
In the field events, junior Khaalif Wolfe (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) placed first in both the long jump and triple jump. Wolfe won the triple jump for the third consecutive season with a mark of 49ft-7in (15.11m). The junior jumper then recorded a first-place performance in the long jump at 23ft-2.5in (7.07m).
Junior Griffie Loy (Mount Pleasant, S.C.) took home his third-straight shot put individual crown, recording a first-place throw of 53ft-8.25in (16.36m). Sophomore John Campbell (Amarillo, Texas) placed first in the discus with a throw of 176ft-4in (53.74m).
Senior Jay Stell (Carlsbad, N.M.) and sophomore Sean Richards (Skillman, N.J.) finished 1-2 in the javelin throw. Stell improved his season best with a first-place throw of 225ft-3in (68.66m), while Richards recorded a throw of 211ft-5in (64.44m).
Navy extended its lead over Army, 46-44, in the all-time series.
Navy will look ahead to the George Mason Invitational on Saturday, April 9 in Fairfax, Virginia.