May 24, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Navy freshman Jay Stell placed 14th in the javelin at the NCAA East Regional on Friday at North Carolina A&T's Aggie Stadium. Stell was the sixth and final competitor for the Navy men's track and field program at the regional meet.
"Jay competed well," Navy head coach Stephen Cooksey said. "He had his two best throws of the season down here, which says a lot. He wasn't nervous at all and he put in a great performance."
Stell placed 14th out of 48 competitors with his personal-best mark of 223-1 (68.00m). The throw was the seventh-best in school history and the top mark by a Navy javelin thrower since 2005. The 223-1 came on his second attempt, which advanced him to the 16-man final where he received three more attempts.
Stell entered the final ranked 12th in the field, but two other throwers surpassed him during the final three throws and he dropped back to 14th. The top-12 finishers advance to the NCAA Championship.
Stell opened the competition with a mark of 215-7 (65.71m), then had his scoring mark of 223-1 and then a 211-6 (64.47m). In the final he opened with a throw of 221-11 (67.65m), followed by a 194-2 (59.19m). He fouled on his sixth attempt.
The Patriot League javelin champion entered the meet seeded 23rd and he became the sixth out of seven Navy competitors to finish higher than what they were seeded.
Junior Zack Duncavage placed sixth in the discus on Thursday and he will advance to a second NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship.
NCAA East Regional Results
Zack Duncavage, 6th, Discus, 184-9 (56.31m) NCAA Championship Qualifier
Christopher Galvin, 13th, 10,000m, 30:03.37
Jay Stell, 14th, Javelin, 223-1 (68.00m)
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