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Vetere Breaks School Pole Vault Record at Penn Relays

Mark Vetere

April 27, 2013

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Sophomore Mark Vetere broke Navy's pole vault school record to highlight three days of competition at the 119th Penn Relays at Franklin Field for the Navy men's track and field program.

"We had a pretty good meet up here," head coach Stephen Cooksey said. "It was good to have the 4x1 relay advance out of the prelims and Mark [Vetere] did great in the pole vault. Now we will look forward to the Patriot League Championship next weekend."

Vetere established a new school record in the pole vault of 17-3½ (5.27m) en route to taking first place in the college section of the event on Friday. Vetere broke the school record by a half an inch.

Vetere had already locked up first place in the college section by clearing 16-6¾ (5.05m) on his first attempt. He then cleared 16-11¼ (5.16m) and 17-3½ (5.27m) on the second attempt at both heights before the height of 17-5½ (5.32m) ended his historic day.

The successful clear of 17-3½ was well over the IC4A standard and Vetere moves into the top-20 of the NCAA's East Region performance list. Tom Delaney was the previous school-record holder with his mark of 17-3 (5.26m) from 2002.

Sophomore Josh Drablos placed eighth in the college section of the pole vault with a clear of 15-3 (4.65m).

Junior Ryan Kochert won the Eastern section of the pole vault with a successful clear of 16-2¾ (4.95m), which is over the IC4A standard. Sophomore Adam Vetere was 10th in the Eastern section with a clear of 14-9 (4.50m).

Sophomore John Sweeney placed ninth in the championships section of the 10,000m run with a personal-best time of 29:55.29. Sweeney's time was the seventh-best 10K time in Navy history and under the IC4A-Championship qualification standard.



Senior Mitch Simmonds ran a 55.97 to place seventh in the prelims of the 400m hurdles and 41st overall.

Senior Rand Montermini cleared 6-6¾ (2.00m) to place in a tie for 13th in the college section of the high jump.

Junior Zack Duncavage surpassed the IC4A-qualifying mark in the championship section of the discus with a mark of 178-5 (54.40m), which was good for ninth place. Junior Kyle Fortney placed 20th in the college section of the discus with an IC4A-qualifying mark of 156-1 (47.58m).

Sophomore Tom Buffone placed 13th in the college section of the shot put with a season-best mark of 49-3¾ (15.03m). Duncavage placed 15th in the shot put at 48-2 (14.68m).

Fortney placed 15th in the college section of the hammer throw at 166-8 (50.82m), Duncavage was 17th (165-7, 50.49m), junior Brandon Swindler was 18th (163-8, 49.90m) and junior Derrick Petett was 26th at 148-3 (45.19m).

Navy's 4x100m relay team of sophomore Rico Goldstone, freshman Austin Batiste, junior Brett Bogaard and Simmonds clocked a 41.71 in the prelims to advance to Sunday's IC4A final. The same quartet clocked a 41.64 in the IC4A final to take sixth place, which was under the IC4A Championship-qualifying standard.

Navy's 4x400m relay squad of Bogaard, sophomore Joshua Kingsland, senior Joshua Shaw and junior Jeremy Cadiente placed second in their section and 30th overall in the prelims at 3:15.06. The 3:15 is Navy's best time during the outdoor season and under the IC4A-qualifying standard.

Navy's distance medley relay team placed fifth in the college section at 9:51.21. Junior Weston Kennedy ran the opening 1,200m leg, Batiste ran the 400m leg, Kingsland ran the 800m leg and senior Kyle Satterwhite ran the closing 1,600m leg.

The final relay event for Navy was the 4x800m late Sunday afternoon. Kennedy, Kingsland, junior Sean Rynning and Shaw combined to place fourth in their heat and fourth overall of the college section with a 7:30.20.

The Penn Relays had 48,871 fans in attendance on the final day of competition on Saturday.

Navy will begin competition at the 2013 Patriot League Outdoor Championship at Lehigh on Friday.

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