April 13, 2014
FAIRFAX, Va. – Navy men’s track tallied 78.75 team points to finish second in the 23-team field at the George Mason Invitational Saturday. The Mids recorded 10 IC4A performances and three top-two finishes.
“This was a great tune-up meet for us after a strong Army-Navy Meet,” Head coach Stephen Cooksey said. “We competed at a good level and will continue to improve at the LSU Gold Meet next weekend.”
Navy finished 13.25 points behind UMBC (92) for first of 23 teams. Penn (77) and LIU-Brooklyn (76) were 1.75 and 2.75 points behind Navy to finish third and fourth, respectively. Cornell rounded out the top five with 65.75 team points.
Navy’s hammer and discus thowers combined for two top-two finishes and five IC4A-qualifying performances. Senior Zack Duncavage led the Mids with a second-place finish in the discus (167-0; 50.90m) and a third-place finish in the hammer (182-2; 55.52m).
Senior Kyle Fortney placed second in the hammer throw with an IC4A-qualifying throw of 187-2 (57.06m). Thomas Buffone and Derrick Petett placed right behind Duncavage in the hammer with marks of 181-7 (55.36m) and 178-6 (54.4m), respectively.
Mark Vetere placed third in the pole vault with an IC4A-qualifying mark of 15-9 (4.8m). Freshman Michael Brunoforte finished 6 inches off of Vetere’s mark (15-3; 4.65m) for fourth place.
On the track, Navy captured four IC4A-qualifying times. Sophomore Austin Batiste finished second in the 400m dash with a time of 47.46 (IC4A). Junior Joshua Kingsland placed seventh in the 800m run with a finishing time of 1:50.22 (IC4A).
Senior Weston Kennedy placed 15th in a competitive 1500m run event that saw 17 runners that recorded IC4A-qualifying times. Kennedy finished with a time of 3:50.68.
Junior Brian De La Mora finished third in the 5000m run with an IC4A-qualifying time of 14:30.04.
Navy will compete at the LSU Gold Meet on Saturday, April 19.