Indoor Track Wins Two Events at Navy Invitational
Dec. 1, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men's indoor track and field team won the 4x400m relay and freshman Jiles Maness won the pole vault to highlight the season-opening Navy Invitational at Wesley A. Brown Field House on Saturday. The 13-team Navy Invitational was a non-team scored meet.
"We did a pretty good job overall," head coach Stephen Cooksey said. "We did well in some of the areas I had been worried about and we had some young guys step up. It's a good feeling to know we can count on some of our plebes to come through."
Navy dominated the pole vault, claiming the top six spots in the event. Maness won his collegiate debut with a clear of 16-2¾ (4.95m) and sophomore Mark Vetere was second at 15-9 (4.80m). Both Maness and Vetere posted IC4A-qualifying heights.
Junior Ryan Kochert and sophomore Adam Vetere tied for third in the pole vault at 15-3 (4.65m) and were followed by sophomore Josh Drablos (15-3, 4.65m) and sophomore Ray Matelli (14-9, 4.50m), who placed fifth and sixth, respectively.
Junior Zack Duncavage placed second in the weight throw with a personal best mark of 61-0¾ (18.61m). Duncavage was in the lead after his final throw, but Morgan State's Emmanuel Stewart bested Duncavage on his final throw of the day with a 61-4¼ (18.70m). Duncavage's mark was well over the IC4A-qualifying standard and the best weight throw mark by a Navy athlete since the 2008-09 season. Duncavage earned All-America honors in the discus last spring.
Junior Derrick Petett took fourth place in the shot put with a mark of 48-4¾ (14.75m).
Batiste also ran a 49.43 to take fourth place in the 400m dash and Shaw clocked a 1:56.51 in the 800m run to claim fifth place.
Navy had a strong showing in the 3,000m run, placing three runners in the top seven. Junior Weston Kennedy took second place at 8:28.54, followed by Jeramy Triplett's fourth-place showing of 8:33.42 and sophomore Brian De La Mora in seventh (8:34.30).
Freshman Chris Meyer was Navy's top finisher in the 1,500m run as he placed third at 3:59.37. Classmate Ethan Genco took sixth place at 4:03.05.
Sophomore Jalen Elrod placed third in the 60m dash with a time of 7.06, his personal best.
Junior Randon McKain placed second in the triple jump at 45-5¼ (13.85m) and was fourth in the long jump at 21-11¾ (6.70m). Sophomore Rico Goldstone was second in the long jump at 22-1¾ (6.75m) and Granderson was fifth (21-8¾, 6.62m).
Navy posted five IC4A Championship qualifying performances in its season debut and four freshmen combined for five top-five finishes (Batiste-400m, Miller-1,500m, Granderson-high jump, Granderson-long jump, Maness-pole vault).
The other competing teams on Saturday were: American, Bowie State, Coppin State, Delaware State, Georgetown, Hampton, Johns Hopkins, Lincoln, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Morgan State, Mount St. Mary's and William & Mary.
The Mids will next travel to Princeton for a dual meet on January 6.