May 4, 2012
WORCESTER, Mass. -
The Navy men's outdoor track and field team went 1-2 in the javelin and the pole vault to take the lead on the first day of the Patriot League Outdoor Championship at Holy Cross' Hart Field on Friday. Navy leads with 56 points, while Army is second at 49 and Bucknell is third at 32.
"We had a slow start today but we started picking up points in the hammer then going 1-2 in the javelin and the pole vault," head coach Stephen Cooksey said. "We had a good day overall and we are looking to pick up some big points in the discus and the longer running events on Saturday."
Freshman Mark Vetere won the pole vault title with a personal record of 16-2¾ (4.95m, IC4A) to take 10 points and sophomore Ryan Kochert placed second at 15-9 (4.80m, IC4A). Vetere also won the pole vault at the indoor league meet in 2012 while Kochert won as a freshman at the indoor meet in 2011.
Senior Paul Neidhardt grabbed fourth place in the pole vault, clearing 15-3 (4.65m) as Navy took an impressive 22 points in the event.
Junior Miles Snelgrove won the javelin throw with a 215-9 (65.76m, IC4A) and freshman Aaron Zack took second at an even 200-0 (60.95m, IC4A). Zack set a new personal record as Navy took 18 points in the event.
Snelgrove just missed scoring in the long jump, as he registered a 22-1¾ (6.75m) tying for sixth place but was edged out to seventh based on his second-best attempt.
Senior captain Chris Ricks placed third in the hammer throw with a personal record of 186-5 (56.81m, IC4A). Sophomore Billy Grammer took fifth place in the hammer throw with a 178-1 (54.27m).
Navy's 4x800m team took second place in the event with an IC4A-qualifying time of 7:27.87, its best time of the season and the fourth-best time in program history. Navy led the whole race but was caught right at the line by Army (7:27.65), who won by 0.22 seconds.
The 4x800m relay team was made up of Weston Kennedy, Dominic Della Pelle, Joshua Kingsland and Matt Evers.
Navy qualified a pair of athletes to tomorrow's finals in the 110m hurdles. Junior Mitch Simmonds clocked a 14.40 (IC4A), a new personal record, to earn the event's top-qualifying time. Sophomore Isaac Losee also made the finals after running a 15.26.
Sophomore Brett Bogaard qualified for the finals of the 100m dash (11.10) and the 200m dash (22.10).
Junior Chris Fowler sits in fifth place in the decathlon after day one with 3212 points after five events. Fowler's best showing on Friday was a 37-2¼ (11.33m) in the shot put, the second-best mark in the field.
Navy will return to the track on Saturday for the second and final day of the Patriot League Championship.
Patriot League Champions
Mark Vetere Pole Vault
Miles Snelgrove Javelin
All-Patriot League Second Team (Runner-Up)
Ryan Kochert Pole Vault
Aaron Zack Javelin
4x800m Relay (Kennedy, Della Pelle, Kingsland, Evers)