May 23, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Junior Zack Duncavage placed sixth in the discus (184-9) at the NCAA East Regional at North Carolina A&T's Aggie Stadium on Thursday. With his top-12 performance Duncavage advances to the NCAA Championship. The national meet will be contested from June 5-8 in Eugene, Oregon.
Duncavage's second throw of 181-0 (55.16m) ensured he would advance to the 16-man final and get three more attempts. He was then in 10th place entering the sixth and final round, where he made a throw of 184-9 (56.31m) to move into sixth place. His scoring mark of 184-9 is the third best throw in school history and the third-best throw of his career.
Duncavage will advance to the NCAA Championship for the second straight year. He placed 16th in the discus at the 2012 NCAA Championship to earn Second-Team All-America honors.
"Zack has been very focused and resolute all year long about getting back to nationals," throwing coach Chris Campbell said. "His first two throws today were good enough to advance to the final and then he did what he needed to do to get back to nationals. We are very excited about him going back."
The discus championship at the NCAA meet will be contested on Friday, June 7 at 4:00 PM (PST) at Oregon's Hayward Field. The field will consist of 24 throwers.
This season will mark the 37th year that a Navy men's track and field athlete has qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championship.
Senior Christopher Galvin placed 13th in the 10,000m run, just missing the top-12 cutoff for the NCAA Championship. Galvin finished at 30:03.37, just 1.29 seconds behind the 12th-place finisher. Galvin entered the race seeded 24th in the field, which had all 48 runners in one heat.
"He ran a brilliant race," said distance coach Al Cantello. "He came in seeded 24th and he beat a lot of people tonight. He's disappointed about missing the cut, but he knows he gave it everything he had. It's bittersweet."
Galvin will be back in Annapolis Friday morning to graduate as the Naval Academy's valedictorian. He is a three-time Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year and he won the 10,000m run at the Patriot League Outdoor Championship this spring.
Sophomore Joshua Kingsland placed 35th in the prelims of the 800m at 1:51.36. Kingsland ran in the first of six 800m heats. Kingsland exceeded expectations as he entered the competition ranked 44th in the field.
"It's always hard to run in the first heat when you don't know what time you will need," said head coach Stephen Cooksey. "He was in a fast group but he competed well. I am proud of the season he had. He's had some PRs and he's done well. He will use this as a springboard to get even better next year."
Sophomore Mark Vetere placed 22nd in the pole vault with a clear of 16-6¾ (5.05m). Junior Ryan Kochert also cleared 16-6¾ (5.05m), but placed 25th due to previous attempts. Vetere greatly improved on his 43rd-place showing at last year's NCAA East Regional.
"Mark and Ryan competed well and they had pretty good marks," said Cooksey. "Mark's jump at 5.15 meters was over the bar by a foot but he just brushed it and it came off. But just like all our guys today, they didn't come down here just to show up. They came down to compete and I am very proud of this whole group."
Five of Navy's six competitors on Thursday finished better than what they were seeded entering the meet.
Freshman Jay Stell will wrap up Navy's participation at the NCAA East Regional when he competes in the javelin on Friday at 12 noon. The rookie is seeded 23rd in the field.
NCAA East Regional Results
Zack Duncavage, 6th, Discus, 184-9 (56.31m) NCAA Championship Qualifier
Christopher Galvin, 13th, 10,000m, 30:03.37
Mark Vetere, 22nd, Pole Vault, 16-6¾ (5.05m)
Ryan Kochert, 25th, Pole Vault, 16-6¾ (5.05m)
Joshua Kingsland, 35th, 800m, 1:51.36