Men's Track Dominates Army in Star Meet, 124-79
Sophomore Jay Stell
April 5, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Navy men’s track used an impressive all-around team performance to defeat Army, 124-79, in the annual Outdoor Star Meet Saturday at Shea Stadium. With the win, Navy ties the all-time series, 44-44, with Army.
“We talked about competing as a team today and understand how well we could do if everyone did their part,” head coach Stephen Cooksey said. “From the minute the meet started, not one person on this squad gave less than 110 percent today and it showed in the results. Seeing that we finished with so many 1-2 finishes was great to see.”
Navy (9-0) recorded 16 first-place finishes and 16 IC4A-qualifying performances. Overall, the Mids finished 1-2 in eight different events.
In the field events, sophomore Jay Stell led the Mids with an Army-Navy and school record in the javelin. Stell recorded a mark of 232-0 (70.72m), which broke the Army-Navy record that was held by Army’s Craig Young (223-11; 68.26m) and the school’s mark that was held by Stan Duplaga (231-0; 70.42m). On the track, sophomore Jordan Sartor-Francis paced Navy with first-place finishes in the 100m (10.68) and 200m dash (21.32).
Navy swept all four throwing events with a different Mid finishing first. Following Stell’s record-breaking performance in the javelin, senior Zack Duncavage continued his success in the discus throw with IC4A-qualifying mark of 178-9 (54.48m) and teammate Kyle Fortney placed second with a mark of 158-0 (48.16m).
Freshman Griffie Loy and Duncavage finished 1-2 in the shot put with marks of 52-4.75 (15.97m) and 51-10.5 (15.82m), respectively. Thomas Buffone finished first in the hammer throw with an IC4A-qualifying throw of 193.10 (59.08m). Fortney finished second with a mark of 193-2 (58.88m).
Junior Rico Goldstone and sophomore Jeremy Granderson were Navy’s top performers in the long jump, finishing 1-2 with marks of 22-8.5 (6.92m) and 22-7.75 (6.90m). Freshman Khaalif Wolfe finished first in the triple jump with an IC4A-qualifying performance of 47-10.75 (14.60m). Freshman Nick Deterding placed first in the high jump with mark of 6-6.25 (1.99m).
In the pole vault, junior Mark Vetere placed first with an IC4A-qualifing performance of 16-5.5 (5.02m). Senior Isaac Losee tallied a first-place finish in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.66 (IC4A). Sophomore Austin Batiste finished first in the 400m dash with a time of 47.71 (IC4A).
In the distance events, Navy placed first in the 1,500m, 3000, steeplechase and 5000m. Senior Sean Rynning and Weston Kennedy finished 1-2 in the 1,500m with times of 3:55.21 and 3:55.49. Sophomore Steve Schroeder placed first in the 5000m run with a time of 14:41.60. Junior Shane O’Donnell came in first in the 3000m steeplechase with a mark of 9:29.27.
Navy’s 4x100m relay squad of Goldstone, Sartor-Francis, Brett Bogaard and Rex Willis finished first with a time of 41.43 (IC4A).
Navy will compete at the George Mason Invitational next weekend.