Men's Track and Field Wins Fourth Consecutive PL Championship
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- For the second consecutive year, the Navy men's track and field team posted a program-best in total team points to claim its fourth-straight Patriot League Outdoor Championship title on Saturday at Lehigh University's Goodman Campus.
The Midshipmen bested their record-setting performance from the 2016 by one point to record a team score of 264. Army finished in second place with 174 points, while Boston (147), Bucknell (116), and Lehigh (83.5) rounded out the top five.
"We finished out with 264 points to Army's 174," head coach Stephen Cooksey said. "Overall, we had a great team effort. We got the overall record for most points scored, beating the record we set last year by a point. We slipped in a couple of events and we were worried that we were going to get caught, but we were able to make some headway in some other events we weren't expecting to. Cameron Hurd ended up getting Rookie of the Meet, which was great for him and the team
Navy returns to action next weekend as the Midshipmen head to Princeton, N.J. for the IC4A Championships.
"Beating Army and winning the Patriot League are what we stress here," Cooksey stated. "I think everyone is going to be more relaxed, getting this out of the way. I think they will be relaxed and be able to perform well."
Tyler Russell was the top finisher for the Mids in the high jump with a second place finish with a height of 2.05 meters (6ft-08.75in).
Griffie Loy and John Campbell finished second and third, respectively, in the shot put. Loy earned all-conference accolades with a throw of 17.64m (57-10.75), while Campbell was just behind with a mark of 17.23m (56-06.50).
Samuel Williams won the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 9:12.87, nearly five full seconds faster than the second place finisher. Shay Martin claimed fourth place in the event with a time of 9:30.66.
Josh Hanna earned second place accolades in the 1,500m run with a time of 3:49.09, just 14 hundredths of a second behind the first place finisher.
Kordell Williams and Malcolm White Jr. finished 1-2 in the 110m hurdles, while teammates Hurd and Bryant finished 4-5 in the event. K. Williams posted a time of 14.65, while White was just behind at 14.84. Hurd clocked a 15.06 and Bryant crossed the finish line in 15.36.
Nate Gainey was the Mids' top finisher in the 400m dash, notching a time of 48.32 to finish third in the race.
In the triple jump, Khaalif Wolfe, John Bryant, and Cedric Williams finished back-to-back-to-back claiming second, third, and fourth in the competition. Wolfe posted a distance of 15.06m (49-05.00), while Bryant and C. Williams posted marks of 14.71m (48-03.25) and 14.54m (47-08.50), respectively.
Enslen notched a fourth place finish in the 100m dash with a time of 10.85.
Campbell earned first-team all-conference accolades with a first place finish in the hammer throw. His throw of 60.70m (199-02.00) bested the second place finisher by over two meters. Sean Brennan finished just out of medal contention with a fourth place throw of 55.88m (183-04.25).
Hurd won the 400m hurdles with a time of 53.22, edging his top competitor by seven hundredths of a second. K. Williams (53.76) and White (54.85) finished fourth and sixth to record points for the Midshipmen.
Enslen earned first team all-conference accolades in the 200m dash crossing the finish line with a time of 21.66 to win the event by one hundredth of a second.
PATRIOT LEAGUE WOMEN'S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Navy - 264
2. Army - 174
3. Boston U. - 147
4. Bucknell - 116
5. Lehigh - 83.5
6. Lafayette - 37.5
7. Holy Cross - 13
8. American - 12
9. Colgate - 8
Most Outstanding Track Athlete: Billy Melchionni, Bucknell
Most Outstanding Field Athlete: Nicholas Lombardo, Bucknell
Most Outstanding Rookie: Cameron Hurd, Navy
Coach of the Year: Stephen Cooksey, Navy
First-Team All-Patriot League (first-place finishers)
American: Alaeldin Tirba (4x800m relay), Ben Doiron (4x800m relay), Matthew Rainey (4x800m relay), Liam Purdy (4x800m relay)
Army: Tyler Davis (4x400m relay), Tyrell Maddox (4x400m relay), Bradley Gibson (4x400m relay), Jose Santana (4x400m relay)
Boston U.: Love (4x100m relay), Chiebuka Onwuzurike (4x100m relay), Cameron Williams (4x100m relay, 100m), Justin Flynn (4x100m relay), Alexander Seal (1,500m), David Oluwadara (Triple Jump), Ethan Homan (800m), Cameron Nurse (200m), Paul Luevano (5,000m)
Bucknell: Nicholas Lombardo (Long Jump, High Jump), Billy Melchionni (400m)
Lafayette: David McGriff (Discus)
Lehigh: Lucas Warning (Shot Put), Trevor Knowles (Decathlon)
Navy: Sean Richards (Javelin), Jonathan Drablos (Pole Vault), Lucas Stalnaker (10,000m), Samuel Williams (3,000m Steeplechase), Kordell Williams (110m hurdles), John Campbell (Hammer Throw), Cameron Hurd (400m hurdles), Devin Enslen (200m)
Second-Team All-Patriot League (second-place finishers)
Army: Matt Cushing (Javelin), Lee Bares (Pole Vault), Jeff Giannettino (High Jump), Jacob Fong (3,000m Steeplechase), Jose Santana (400m), Kenneth Brinson (Hammer Throw), Nickolas Causey (800m)
Boston U: David Oluwadara (Long Jump), Justin Flynn (100m), Jamin Harris (400m hurdles, 4x400m relay), Cameron Nurse (4x400m relay), Cameron Williams (4x400m relay), Ethan Homan (4x400m relay), Alastair Prenn (Decathlon)
Bucknell: Luke Giugliano (10,000m), Nick Pacelli (4x800m relay), Sean Conway(4x800m relay), Jordan Jackson (4x800m relay), Scott Gulizio (4x800m relay)
Navy: John Campbell (Discus), Tyler Russell (High Jump), Griffie Loy (Shot Put), Devin Enslen (4x100m relay), Demetrius Lanier (4x100m relay), Evan Lexo (4x100m relay), Aaron Watson (4x100m relay), Josh Hanna (1,500m), Malcolm White Jr. (110m hurdles), Khaalif Wolfe (Triple Jump), Lucas Stalnaker (5,000m)