Men's Track and Field Wins George Mason Spring Invite
FAIRFAX, Va. -- The Navy men's track and field team claimed a victory in the 20-team George Mason Spring Invitational over the weekend at George Mason Stadium in Fairfax, Va.
The Midshipmen tallied 103 points as a team to win the meet. Youngstown State (68.50 points) finished second, followed by meet-host George Mason (56 pts). Coppin State (46 pts), UMBC (44 pts) and William and Mary (44 pts) rounded out the top five. Patriot League opponents Bucknell (16 pts) and American (2 pts) finished 13th and 20th, respectively.
Navy picked up a pair of first place finishes on the day to go along with 22 top 10 finishes on the day. Jonathan Drablos earned a first place finish in the pole vault, while John Campbell continued his solid start to the season, taking first place in the discus.
Drablos posted a mark of 15ft-11.00in (4.85m) in the pole vault to win the event. He was tied by teammates Ryan Herrera-Murphy and Stefano Pineda in the event but credited with the win by judge's decision. Herrera-Murphy and Pineda tied for second in the event.
In the discus, the Mids had three finishers in the top 10. Campbell's mark of 183ft-09in (56.02m) was good enough for first, while Bryson Kasper (170ft-10in / 52.06m) claimed fourth and Michael Milcarek (157ft-01in / 47.87m) finished eighth.
Navy claimed three top 10 finishes in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Shay Martin earned second place accolades with a time of 9:26.75, just ahead of teammate Cameron Allen who finished third with a time of 9:27.97. Daniel Hefland rounded out the top 10 for the Mids with a ninth place finish with a time of 9:53.98.
In the hammer throw, Michael Milcarek earned second place honors with a distance of 169-11 (51.80m), while Kasper's mark of 165-10 (50.54m) was good enough for fifth.
In the 5,000m run, Ryan Speir took third place with a time of 14:42.05 for Navy. Cedric Williams (22-05.75 / 6.85m) and Khaalif Wolfe (22-03.00 / 6.78m) posted fourth and seventh place finishes, respectively, in the long jump.
Joseph Loy notched a fifth place finish in the shot put (55-00.25 / 16.77m), while John Bryant (46-03.25 / 14.10m) in the triple jump and Nathan Gainey (48.66) in the 400m dash each took home sixth place finishes.
Rounding out the top 10 finishes for Navy were White in the 400m hurdles with a ninth place time of 54.92 and 10th place finishes for Liedtka (169-07 / 51.68m) in the javelin and Major Henry (6-01.50 / 1.87m) in the high jump.
Navy returns to action this weekend as the Midshipmen travel south to North Carolina for the Charlotte Classic on Friday and Saturday.