ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy men's track and field team defeated Army, 105-97, to win the Outdoor N-Star on Saturday at Ingram Field. Navy (4-0) won 10 events on the day to sweep Army in the indoor and outdoor Star Meets for the second year in a row.
"It was a great team effort," head coach Stephen Cooksey said. "We thought it was going to be a tight meet today and it was. You never quite know how a meet will go and we had some people get some big points for us today."
The overall score was very close for the duration of the meet and Navy was able to get some key performances late in the 400m hurdles, 200m dash and the discus that provided the difference.
Junior Zack Duncavage clinched the meet in the final event by taking first place in the discus with a school-record and Army-Navy Star Meet record of 185-2 (56.44m). Duncavage also won the shot put at 52-3¼ (15.93m) and placed fifth in the hammer throw at (174-0, 53.03m), surpassing the IC4A standard in all three events.
Duncavage bested his own school record of 182-11 (55.76m) and his own Army-Navy Star Meet record (181-6, 55.33m). Duncavage earned All-America honors in the discus in 2012.
"That's big when you know you have somebody that can take care of business for you like Zack in the discus," said Cooksey. "For him to have that kind of mark this early in the season is very good to see."
Before Duncavage's performance in the discus, senior Mitch Simmonds gave Navy a huge boost by winning the 400m hurdles with an IC4A time of 53.27, just edging Army's Kyler Martin, who dove at the line to cross at 53.28. Simmonds also took second place in the 110m high hurdles at 14.40 earlier in the day.
The next race after the 400m hurdles was the 200m dash, which freshman Austin Batiste won at 21.83 and junior Brett Bogaard placed second at 21.87. Batiste was a double winner on Saturday as he also won the 400m with an IC4A-qualifying time of 48.21. Bogaard also placed second in the 100m dash at 10.81.
"Mitch winning the 400-meter hurdles was a big turnaround for us and Austin and Brett going 1-2 in the 200 was also big," said Cooksey.
The Mids also went 1-2 in the triple jump, with Randon McKain winning at 45-3¾ (13.81m) and Daniel Park taking second at 43-4¼ (13.21m).
Navy swept the top two spots in the pole vault. Sophomore Mark Vetere and junior Ryan Kochert each cleared the IC4A-qualifying height of 15-9 (4.80m) in the event and Army had two vaulters no height, which led to Navy outscoring Army 8-2 in the event.