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Navy Performs Well at Florida and Widener Track Meets

Ryan Kochert

April 20, 2013

Florida Results | Widener Results

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Navy men's outdoor track and field team won three field events at the University of Florida's Tom Jones Memorial in rainy and cool conditions on Saturday at the Percy Beard Track Facility. There was no team scoring.

"We got what we were looking for out of the guys, so it wasn't a bad day," head coach Stephen Cooksey said. "It was good for the guys to compete in the bad weather conditions and we did very well in the pole vault and we had a few decent throws."

Junior Ryan Kochert and sophomore Mark Vetere each cleared outdoor personal-best heights of 16-8¾ (5.10m) to top the pole vault field. The clears are tied for the sixth-best outdoor season heights in Navy history and the top outdoor marks in the Patriot League this season.

The clears of 16-8¾ would be tied for 22nd in the NCAA's East Region based on the rankings heading into the weekend and the heights are well over the IC4A standard.

Freshman Jay Stell won the javelin with an IC4A mark of 204-3 (62.26m) and sophomore David Capote was second at 185-11 (56.67m).

Junior Zack Duncavage won the discus with a throw of 167-2 (50.96m) and junior Kyle Fortney was second at 163-3 (49.77m). Both Duncavage and Fortney were over the IC4A standard in the discus.



Duncavage took third place in the shot put with a mark of 49-10 (15.19m) and junior Derrick Petett was eighth at 46-2¾ (14.09m).

Junior Brandon Swindler placed fifth in the hammer throw with a mark of 172-5 (52.55m). Fortney was sixth at 172-2 (52.48m), Petett was seventh at 165-8 (50.51m) and Duncavage was eighth at 160-6 (48.93).

Senior Rand Montermini was the runner-up in the high jump with a clear of 6-6¾ (2.00m).

Senior Mitch Simmonds placed eighth in the 110m hurdles at 14.43 (IC4A) after running a 14.44 in the prelims.

Freshman Austin Batiste placed ninth in the 400m dash with a time of 48.68 and junior Jeremy Cadiente was 13th at 49.21. Batiste also clocked a 21.93 to place 19th in the 200m dash.

Navy also had a number of distance runners competing at the Widener Invitational in Chester, Pa. this weekend.

Senior Kyle Satterwhite placed fifth in the 1,500m run at Widener at 3:50.19 (IC4A), junior Sean Rynning was sixth at 3:50.86 (IC4A) and junior Weston Kennedy was eighth at 3:51.39. All three posted new personal-best times.

Sophomore Shane O'Donnell won the 3,000m steeplechase at 9:28.56.

Senior Christopher Galvin placed second in the 5,000m run at 14:44.06 and junior Christopher Burns was fourth at 14:55.85.

Navy will compete at the Penn Relays next Thursday through Saturday at Franklin Field.

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