Men's Track and Field Lead Patriot League Championships; Women Fourth
EASTON, Pa. -- After the first day of competition at the 2018 Patriot League Outdoor Championships, the Navy men's track and field team is in first place, while the Mids' women's team is in fourth place. The men's squad tallied 73 points on the first day to lead the competition by one, while the women's 27.5 points is just ahead of Army West Point (27).
The men's team had three individuals and a relay team earn All-Patriot League honors on day one, while 10 athletes advanced to the finals. The women's team had six runners advance to the finals on the final day of competition.
"It was a pretty good first day," Director of Navy Track and Field Jamie Cook said after the competition. "The men did well and the women were able to finish the day in fourth. We got a lot of people qualify for events tomorrow and had a couple of people earn All-Patriot League today. We are excited about having a lot of people in the finals and the team is excited to head into tomorrow's competition. We are going to use the momentum we gained today to move into day two."
On the men's side, Jake Brophy (New Hope, Pa.) earned the first All-Patriot League accolade of the meet for the Midshipmen as the sophomore won the 10,000m run with a time of 31:22.20. His IC4A time was the second fastest of the season for Navy.
Stefano Pineda (Hockessin, Del.), Skyler Mason (Oakdale, Pa.), and the Mids' 4x800m relay team all earned second-team All-Patriot League with second place finishes in their respective events. Pineda posted the ninth best height in Navy history in the pole vault with a personal-best jump of 5.16m (16-11.00). In the javelin, Mason recorded his best throw of his plebe season of 66.35m (217-08) to take second in the event. The 4x800m relay saw the quartet of Nicholas Williams (Bristol, R.I.), Michael Karls (Festus, Mo.), Justin Hyytinen (Farmington, Minn.), and Josh Hanna (Winfield, Kan.) combine for an IC4A time of 7:34.82 to earn all-conference accolades.
Navy's men's team had 10 people qualify for the finals on the final day of competition. In the 100m dash, the Mids had three student-athletes advance to the finals. Jahmaal Daniel (Fayetteville, N.C.) posted a school-record finish of 10.39 to tie for first and advance. He was joined by Evan Lexo (Groton, Mass.) and Aaron Watson (Union City, Mich.) who moved on to the finals with times of 10.46 and 10.51, respectively. The 200m dash saw Demetrius Lanier (Palm Coast, Fla.) and Devin Enslen (Alamogordo, N.M.) progress to the finals. The duo posted times of 21.32 and 21.46 to proceed to the finals. Navy had five runners advance to the finals of the 110m hurdles - Kordell Williams (14.13), Clayton Thompson (14.40 - Corpus Christi, Texas), Hunter Wargo (14.74 - West Branch, Iowa), Cameron Hurd (15.08 - Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), and Monte Guess (15.18 - Philadelphia, Pa.).
Cedric Williams (Powder Springs, Ga.) scored points in the long jump with a third-place jump of 7.16m (23-06.00). Mike Milcarek (Woodinville, Wash.), Bryson Kasper (Appleton, Wis.), and Sean Brennan (Westfield, N.J.) each scored in the hammer throw. Milcarek notched a throw of 57.24m (187-09), while Kasper recorded a throw of 55.43m (181-10) and Brennan registered a distance of 55.25m (181-03).
On the women's side, six runners advanced to the finals of the Patriot League Championship. Regine Tugade (Dededo, Guam) and Amanda Henson (West Barnstable, Mass.) finished fourth and fifth in the 100m dash with times of 11.84 and 11.85, respectively, to move on to the finals. The duo were the top two finishers in the 200m dash. Henson clocked a time of 24.29 to qualify, while Tugade posted a 24.57 to finish fourth. Chelsey Edwards (Schertz, Texas) joined Henson and Tugade with a time of 24.80 to advance to the finals. Freshman Evelyn Berecz (Downington, Pa.) clocked a time of 14.68 to qualify for the finals of the 100m hurdles.
In addition to the group that qualified for the finals, the Midshipmen had 10 athletes score points in their respective events. Grace West (Pinehurst, N.C.) finished sixth in the 10,000m run with a time of 37:08.53, while Berecz notched a distance of 5.68m (18-07.75) in the long jump. The pole vault saw four Mids help the team score points. Maggie Ruud (Fairfax Station, Va.), Maddi Falvey (Cypress, Texas), and Kaitlyn Stafford (Friendswood, Texas) each posted jumps of 3.55m (11-07.75) to finish fourth, fourth, and seventh, while Charlene Kearns (Rochester, N.Y.) registered a height of 3.40m (11-01.75) to round out the scoring in the event. Ashanti Curry (Jacksonville, N.C.) and Sam Orie (Greensburg, Pa.) finished back-to-back in the hammer throw to score points with distances of 48.99m (160-09) and 48.69m (159-09). Sarah Morris (Mobile, Ala.) and Andrea Juzyca (Milton, Mass.) rounded out the scoring, notching points in the javelin with throws of 42.26m (138-08) and 40.48m (132-10), respectively.
Navy concludes competition in the Patriot League Championship on Saturday. Live results will be available and the championship will be streamed on Patriot League Network beginning at 12:45 p.m.