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Indoor Track Wins Two Events at Navy Invitational

Kolton Kempel crosses the finish line in the 4x400m

Dec. 1, 2012

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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 Kyle Fortney placed third in the weight throw with a mark of 55-5 (16.89m), junior Brandon Swindler was fourth at 54-1¼ (16.49m) and sophomore Tom Buffone was fifth at 53-5¾ (16.30m).

Junior Derrick Petett took fourth place in the shot put with a mark of 48-4¾ (14.75m).

Navy won the 4x400m relay with an IC4A-qualifying time of 3:17.58. Junior Jeremy Cadiente ran the opening leg, followed by senior Joshua Shaw, freshman Austin Batiste and senior Kolton Kempel.

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's distance medley relay team of freshman Nick Palermo, junior Andrew Mighty, junior Caleb Haney and freshman Drew Anderson placed third at 10:31.71.

Senior Christopher Galvin was third in the 5,000m run at 14:30.90 and sophomore John Sweeney was seventh (14:51.20). Galvin's time was under the IC4A-qualifying standard.

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.

Senior Mitch Simmonds placed third in the 60m hurdles with an 8.31 and junior Isaac Losee was seventh at 8.60.

Freshman Jeremy Granderson and sophomore Hank Leslie tied for third in the high jump with clears of 6-2¼ (1.89m).

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.



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