Five Mids Earn All-East Honors at IC4A Championship
May 12, 2013
PRINCETON, N.J. - The Navy men's track and field program placed in a tie for 16th place with 19 team points at the IC4A Outdoor Championship at Princeton's Weaver Stadium this weekend. Five Mids earned IC4A All-East honors with top-eight performances. Cornell won the team title with 68 points.
"We had a pretty decent weekend with several people placing," head coach Stephen Cooksey said. "The guys who placed have been strong for us this season and this was a nice finish for them."
Sophomore Mark Vetere and junior Ryan Kochert received All-East honors in the pole vault with top-eight performances. Vetere cleared 16-6¾ (5.05m) to place sixth and Kochert cleared 16-2¾ (4.95m) to place seventh. Sophomore Joshua Drablos placed ninth at 15-9 (4.80m). Vetere earns All-East honors for the fourth time and Kochert is named All-East for the second time.
"We had some weather issues with the pole vault," Cooksey said. "They ended up moving the event inside after a weather delay, so it was a good showing for them to be able to keep their composure for so long and place in the top eight."
Junior Zack Duncavage took fourth place in the discus to earn IC4A All-East accolades. Duncavage posted a mark of 181-0 (55.18m), a top-10 mark in school history. Junior Kyle Fortney was 17th in the discus at 157-9 (48.08m). Duncavage also earned All-East honors in the discus in 2011 and in the weight throw at the IC4A Indoor Championship this past March.
Freshman Jay Stell placed fourth in the javelin throw to earn All-East honors. Stell posted a mark of 216-6 (65.99m), his second-best mark of the season.
"Stell led off with a throw of 64.39 meters and then a few guys went by him," said Cooksey. "But he rebounded and moved back ahead of them again. It's good to see a plebe compete like that."
Sophomore Joshua Kingsland earned All-East honors by placing fifth in the 800m run at 1:51.96. Kingsland qualified for the finals by clocking a personal-best time of 1:50.10 in the prelims. Kingsland is currently ranked No. 45 in the NCAA's East Region in the 800m.
Junior Weston Kennedy took ninth place in the 1,500m run with a personal-best time of 3:50.57. Kennedy ran a 3:50.81 in the prelims to advance to the final. Junior Sean Rynning placed 19th in the prelims of the 800m at 3:58.83.
Sophomore Brian De La Mora placed 12th in the 5,000m run at 14:32.71. Sophomore Zach Hebda was 15th (14:35.48) and sophomore Ryan Kelley was 19th (14:38.71). Sophomore Shane O'Donnell earned 20th place in the 3,000m steeplechase by running a 9:14.78.
Senior Mitch Simmonds placed 23rd in the prelims of the 110m hurdles (14.65m) and was 31st in the prelims of the 400m hurdles (55.57).
Freshman Austin Batiste placed 14th in the prelims of the 400m dash with a time of 47.69. Junior Brett Bogaard placed 19th in the prelims of the 200m dash at 22.01. Navy placed 10th in the 4x400m relay at 3:14.28, its season-best time.
Three distance runners competed in the 10,000m run at the Virginia Challenge this weekend. Senior Christopher Galvin placed second in the 10,000m with a personal-best time of 29:34.31. Galvin ran the third-best 10K time in school history and he is ranked No. 26 in the NCAA's East Region. Senior Kyle Satterwhite was ninth at 30:13.83 and sophomore John Sweeney was 10th at 30:20.99.
Navy will next compete in the NCAA's East Region Championship in Greensboro, N.C. from May 23-25. The NCAA will announce the meet's accepted entries later in the week.
IC4A All-East Honors Zack Duncavage Discus (4th) Jay Stell Javelin (4th) Joshua Kingsland 800m (5th) Mark Vetere Pole Vault (6th) Ryan Kochert Pole Vault (7th)