May 30, 2014
Day 1 Results
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Navy men’s track and field sophomore thrower Jay Stell’s school-record breaking throw of 234-1 (71.35m) in the final heat placed him fourth overall in the javelin at the NCAA East Region Preliminaries Thursday in Jacksonville, Fla. at Hodges Stadium. Stell advances to the NCAA Championship and will compete as one of the top 24 javelin throwers in the nation on June 11-14 in Eugene, Ore, hosted by the University of Oregon.
“Knowing that I just missed last year’s NCAA Championship because the mark was just about 70 meters, I came in this year with the preparation to hit that mark,” Stell said on qualifying to the NCAA Championship. “With the disappointment of just missing last year’s cut off, I fed off that feeling to make sure it would not happen and sure enough I hit the mark that I needed to move forward.”
Stell’s mark of 234-1 broke his previous-best mark of 232-0, which he set in the Army-Navy Outdoor Star Meet on April 5. The sophomore, who just missed last year’s cut-off with a 14th-place finish, secured his place in the NCAA Championship on his final throw in the final’s heat. Since 2001, Stell is the first Navy men’s track and field javelin thrower to advance to the NCAAs.
On the track, Joshua Kingsland (So., Irvine, Calif.) placed 33rd overall in the 800m run with a personal-best time of 1:49:54. Kingsland competed for the second-straight year in the NCAA East Region Preliminaries, finishing 44th last season with a time of 1:51.36.
Navy will continue to compete in the preliminaries Friday, as Jordan Sartor-Francis
(So., Jonesboro, Ga.) and Shane O’Donnell (Jr., Norfolk, Va.) will compete in the 200m dash (8:00 PM) and 3000m (8:50 PM) steeplechase, respectively.