May 2, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Sophomore Jay Stell (Carlsbad, N.M.) broke a 24-year Ingram Field record in javelin as the Navy men's track and field team sits in first place after day one of the Patriot League Championship Friday in Annapolis. Stell threw a mark of 228-08 (69.69m), which broke the previous mark of 223-11.7.5 (68.27m) set by Army's Craig Young on April 8, 1989.
After six scoring events, Navy tallied 82 of 233 possible points to sit on top of the leader board. The four-time defending Patriot League Outdoor Champion Bucknell is second with 41 points. Lehigh (32) and league newcomer Boston University (27) stand third and fourth, respectively. Army rounds out the top five with 26 points. American (9), Holy Cross (7), Lafayette (5) and Colgate (4) complete the nine-team field.
In the first men's track event, junior Ryan Kelley (Pembroke, Mass.) set the tone for the Midshipmen with a first-place finish in the 10,000m run. Kelley crossed the tape at 31:21.73, which was 13 seconds faster than second-place finished John Pope (American University).
"With Ryan around fifth place with four laps to go and muscle his way through to win the race was huge for us to start the day," Navy head coach Stephen Cooksey said. "Coach Cantello dreamed up a plan for Ryan and he executed it well."
Navy followed Kelley's first-place finish with an inspiring win in the 4x800m relay. Navy's squad of Nick Palermo (So, Coconut Creek, Fla.), Sean Rynning (Sr., Longwood, Fla.), Weston Kennedy (Sr., Sugarland, Texas) and Joshua Kingsland (Jr., Irvine, Calif.) won the event with an IC4A-qualifying time of 7:29.10, edging out archrival Army's relay squad by 0:00.10.
The Mids combined for 52 of their 82 points in the long jump, hammer throw and pole vault with 10 total top-eight finishes.
Carrying over its success from the indoor season, Navy's pole vaulters recorded four top-eight performances to tally 24 team points. Junior Mark Vetere (Andover, Mass.) led the Mids with a first-place performance of 16-7.25 (5.06m). Sophomore Jiles Maness (Winston Salem, N.C.) finished second just five inches off Vetere's mark. Ryan Kochert (Sr., Moreland Hills, Ohio) and Jon Drablos (Fr., Forest, Va.) came in fifth (16-2.75) and seventh (15-3), respectively.
Navy went 2-3-4 in the hammer throw with all three throws being IC4A-qualifying performances. Junior Thomas Buffone (Freehold, N.J.) paced the Mids with a throw of 191-4 (58.33m). Seniors Zack Duncavage (League City, Texas) and Kyle Fortney (Warrenton, Va.) followed teammate Buffone's performance with marks of 189-5 (57.73m) and 184-1 (56.10m), respectively.
Khaalif Wolfe (Fr., Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Rico Goldstone (Jr., Breinigsville, Pa.) and Jeremy Granderson (So., Fredericksburg, Va.) tallied nine team points with fourth, sixth and eight place performances. Wolfe led the pole vaulters, in just his first time competing in the event, with a mark of 22-9.25 (6.94m).
"It was great to see our entire team step up, especially some of the athletes who were not in the top 10 of Patriot League performers heading into today," Cooksey said. "Talking about the all-around team effort all year and to see our ability to place three long jumpers in the top eight was very helpful to our cause."
Sophomore Jordan Sartor-Francis (Jonesboro, Ga.) qualified for both the 100m (21.68) and 200m (10.62) dash finals on Saturday. Both of Sartor-Francis' finishes were IC4A-qualifying times. Brett Bogaard (Sr., Pella, Iowa) and Austin Batiste (So., Long Beach, Calif.) each qualified for Saturday's 200m dash finals with times of 21.95 and 22.08, respectively. Isaac Losee (Sr., Salt Lake City, Utah), John Bryant (Fr., Fort Washington, Md.) and Malcolm White (Fr., Virginia Beach, Va.) all qualified for the 110m hurdle finals Saturday.
Navy will look to capture its first outdoor league title since 2008 Saturday at Ingram Field in Annapolis. The meet will open with the 110m hurdles for the decathlon at 9 a. m.