Men's Track Competes at Tom Jones Memorial and Larry Ellis Invitational
April 20, 2014
Gainesville, Fla. – Navy men’s track and field team had a strong finish at the Tom Jones Memorial, recording two first place finishes and 11 IC4A-qualifying performances Saturday in Gainesville, Fla. The Mids also competed at the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton, N.J., tallying five IC4A-qualifying finishes.
“We had a great showing from our field athletes and sprinters at the Tom Jones Memorial,” Head coach Stephen Cooksey said. “Everyone competed at a high level and will look to take their efforts into next weekend’s Penn Relays.”
Navy tallied 10 different individuals with IC4A-qualifying finishes at the Tom Jones Memorial. Sophomore sprinter Jordan Sartor-Francis was the lone Mid to record two IC4A finishes. Sartor-Francis finished 14th in the 100m dash with time of 10.55 (IC4A) and 16th in the 200m dash (21.33).
Griffie Loy and Jay Stell finished first in their respective events for the Mids. Loy placed first in the shot put with a mark of 53-1 (16.18m) (IC4A) and Stell finished first in the javelin with a throw of 218-5 (66.57m) (IC4A).
Josh Kingsland placed third in the 800m run with a finishing time of 1.49.68 (IC4A). Roberto Swerskey finished fourth in the 400m hurdles with a mark of 54.07. Isaac Losee placed fifth in the 100m hurdles with a finishing time of 14.67 (IC4A).
Sophomore Austin Batiste finished 17th in the 400m dash with an IC4A-qualifying time of 47.74.
Navy’s distance runners had a strong outing at the Larry Ellis Invitational, tallying four IC4A-qualifying finishes. Steve Schroeder recorded the highest finish for the Mids, placing seventh in the 5000m run with a time of 14:02.93 (IC4A). Teammate Ryan Kelley finished 23rd with a time of 14:24.86 (IC4A).
“We came out here to improve our times in our respective events leading up to the Patriot League Championships,” Assistant Track and Field coach Al Cantello said. “Schroeder had a good showing in the 5000m run and we had an overall good performance from all of our runners.”
Shane O’Donnell finished 15th out of 38 runners in the 3000m run with a mark of 9:00.72 (IC4A). Navy’s outdoor senior captain Weston Kennedy placed 17th out of 74 in the 1500m run with a time of 14:02.93 (IC4A).
Navy will prepare for the Penn Relays next weekend, beginning