Track and Field Continues to Progress at Mason Spring Invite
FAIRFAX, Va. -- The Navy track and field team posted a solid performance at the annual George Mason Spring Invitational on Saturday in Fairfax, Va. The Midshipmen combined for 34 top 10 finishes throughout the meet.
"It is another step in our development," Director of Navy Track and Field Jamie Cook said after the meet. "Every time we get to compete is an opportunity to get better. We rested some people that competed at Army, so this was a chance to get some different people an opportunity to compete. Some people really stepped up and some still have some things to work, but I am pleased with our development. We continue to take steps in the right direction as we move towards the championship part of our season."
The men's team combined for 18 top 10 finishes, while the women's team notched 16 performances in the top 10 on the day. In addition, the Mid tallied five IC4A and ECAC qualifying marks.
Justin Titgen (Waxhaw, N.C.) recorded a pair of ninth place finishes in the 100m (10.98) and 200m (21.88) dashes. His time in the 100m dash was an IC4A qualifier. The Midshipmen posted four of the top 10 finishes in the 5,000m run. Rob Graham (Phoenix, Ariz.) claimed second place with a time of 15:07.21, while Julian Perez (Beaumont, Texas) was third with a time of 15:10.83. Ben Cracraft (Northville, Mich.) was fifth overall, clocking a time of 15:15.05 and Luke Lanham (Southlake, Texas) took 10th with a 15:28.38.
In the 110m hurdles, Monte Guess (Philadelphia, Pa.) posted a time of 14.92 to claim fourth in the event.
Stefano Pineda (Hockessin, Del.) won the pole vault, while teammate Thomas Johnstone (Los Gatos, Calif.) came in seventh. Pineda posted a height of 4.81m (15-09.25) to win the pole vault and Johnstone notched a jump of 4.51m (14-09.50).
In the throws, Navy finished fifth and ninth in the shot put; second, third and 10th in the discus; fifth and sixth in the hammer; and second and sixth in the javelin. Mike Milcarek (Woodinville, Wash.) was the top finisher in the shot put with a throw of 14.88m (48-10.00) ahead of Luke Cota (La Porte, Ind.) who notched a throw of 14.52m (47-07.75). Bryson Kasper (Appleton, Wis.) and Milcarek finished second and third, respectively, in the discus with distances of 51.14m (167-09) and 49.76m (163-03). Cade Wessel (Bozeman, Mont.) finished 10th in the discus with a throw of 43.75m (143-06). Kasper was the top finisher in the hammer throw with a toss of 50.87m (166-11) ahead of teammate Tommy Reeder (Kiln, Miss.) whose throw of 49.87m (163-07) was sixth. David Liedtka (Hamilton Square, N.J.) finished second in the javelin with a throw of 55.06m (180-08), while Wessel's distance of 51.39m (168-07) was good enough for sixth.
On the women's side, Phoebe Kirk (Ewa Beach, Hawaii) and Josie Kornak (St. Louis, Mo.) each finished eighth place in their respective races. Kirk competed in the 800m run with a time of 2:14.06, while Kornak clocked a time of 18.47.11 in the 5,000m run.
Elizabeth White (Charlotte, N.C.) crossed the finish line with a time of 14.76 in the 100m hurdles to finish 10th. In the 3,000m steeplechase, Karla Mendoza (Madison, Neb.) posted a time of 11:29.84 to finish second, while Maddie Peterson (Flagstaff, Ariz.) had a time of 12:02.85 to finish eighth.
In the vertical jumps, Maggie Ruud (Fairfax Station, Va.) won the pole vault with an ECAC qualifying height of 3.71m (12-02.00), while Jessica Wheeler (Lexington, Va.) took fourth in the high jump with a mark of 1.56m (5-01.25).
Jahna Alleyne (York, Pa.) recorded an ECAC qualifying mark of 43.11m (141-05) in the discus to finish sixth. Zoe Broadway (Joshua, Texas) and Monet Salazar (Las Vegas, Nev.) finished eighth and ninth in the discus, respectively, with throws of 42.19m (138-05) and 41.19m (135-02). Sam Orie (Greensburg, Pa.) finished sixth in the shot put (12.89m / 42-03.50) and hammer throw (47.87m / 157-01). Izzy Marini (Elkgrove, Calif.), Audrey Brandon (Lima, Ohio), and Ariana McKenzie (Potomac, Md.) also finished in the top 10 of the hammer throw with throws of 46.65m (153-01), 45.49m (149-03), and 45.40m (148-11) to take eighth, ninth, and 10th. Haley Unger (Marlboro, N.J.) took seventh in the javelin with a throw of 36.07m (118-04).
Navy returns to action next weekend as the Mids will take part in the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton, N.J. and the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville, Va.