Navy Men's Track Downs Army in Thrilling Star Meet, 102.5-100.5
Navy's 4x400m relay team (Evers, Connelly, Jackson, Kempel)
April 7, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Navy men's outdoor track and field team (13-0) won the 4x400m relay to clinch the Army-Navy Outdoor Star Meet, 102.5-100.5, on Saturday at Shea Stadium on the final event of the day. Along with Navy's 98-83 defeat of Army during the indoor season, the Mids sweep Army for the first time since 2008. The Mids won nine of 19 events on Saturday.
Head coach Stephen Cooksey improves his outdoor record against Army to 13-11. Army still holds a 44-42 lead in the all-time outdoor Star series.
Heading into the final two running events, Army held a 93.5-90.5 lead. Navy made up the three-point deficit by going 1-3 in the 5,000m run. Senior Cody Rome came back after winning the 1,500m earlier in the day to take first in the 5K with a time of 14:44.03 and senior James Pearson was third (14:47.94).
That set up the 4x400m relay with the two teams tied, 97.5-97.5. Navy's 4x400m relay team of Kolton Kempel, Matt Evers, Alex Jackson and Lucas Connelly ran a 3:18.55 to edge out Army's squad (3:19.78).
Connelly took the baton on the anchor lap about a step behind Army's final man and ran hip-to-hip with him for the next 320 meters before pulling away on the final home stretch.
The ending was reminiscent of the 2011 Patriot League Indoor Championship, where Navy and Army were tied for first place heading into the final event of the championship, the 4x400m relay, which Navy won to secure the league title.
Earlier in the day, Rome won the 1,500m run with a time of 3:53.38 and fellow senior Dominic Della Pelle took second in the event at 3:54.30.
One of the final field events was the discus throw and Navy went 1-2 to take what would prove to be critical points. Sophomore Zack Duncavage set a school record by winning the discus with a mark of 181-6 (55.33m, IC4A) and senior Chris Boniwell was second at 168-8 (51.40m, IC4A).
Duncavage's discus mark also set an Army-Navy Star Meet record. Duncavage's bested Nate Michael's previous discus school record of 178-11 (54.55m).
Boniwell also had his best mark of the outdoor season with a second-place showing of 50-9¼ (15.47m) in the shot put.
Senior Josh Houston set a new personal record in the high jump by clearing 6-10¼ (2.09m, IC4A) to take first place. Junior Miles Snelgrove won the javelin with a mark of 216-9 (66.08m, IC4A), just off his career high. Snelgrove also took second in the long jump at 23-1¾ (7.05m).
Sophomore Jalen Elrod was second in the 100m dash at 11.11 and sophomore Brett Bogaard was second in the 200m dash at 22.14. Senior Alex Jackson turned in his best 400m time of the season with a 49.55, to place second.
Navy will next compete at North Carolina's Kent Taylor/Joe Hilton Invitational next weekend.
Navy has won 16 of 20 Star competitions this season and has also clinched the overall sport series against Army for the 38th time in the last 41 years.