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Della Pelle and Ricks Pace Indoor Track at Navy Invitational

Lucas Connelly qualified for the IC4As in the 4x400m and 800m

Dec. 3, 2011

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Seniors Dominic Della Pelle and Chris Ricks each won their events and qualified for the IC4As to pace the Navy men's indoor track and field team at the Navy Invitational. Navy opened the season by winning three individual titles and two relays, and also qualified for the IC4A Championship meet in five events on Saturday at the Wesley A. Brown Field House.

There was no team scoring in the 11-team meet. Other participating teams were American, Coppin State, Delaware State, Georgetown, Hampton, Johns Hopkins, Lincoln, UMES, Morgan State and Mount St. Mary's.

"We did a pretty good job in each event today," head coach Stephen Cooksey said. "We had some good performance in the middle distance and distance events without the top cross country guys, who are still resting. We had a good start with the pole vaulters with two at 15-3 and Ricks and [Zachary] Duncavage did well in the weight throw."

Della Pelle, Navy's indoor team captain, took first place in the 3,000m run with a time of 8:22.25, well under the IC4A standard of 8:27.20. Della Pelle ran a solid race and fended off three Georgetown runners that placed 2-4, with Bobby Peavey crossing behind Della Pelle at 8:23.84.

Ricks placed first in the weight throw with an IC4A-qualifying mark of 58-4½ (17.79m). The throw was Ricks' second best of his career. Behind Ricks, sophomore Zachary Duncavage (52-6, 16.00m) placed third, sophomore Kyle Fortney (52-1, 15.87m) was fourth and William Grammer took fifth (51-6¼, 15.70m). Duncavage, Fortney and Grammer all achieved PRs.

Navy showcased its depth in the pole vault, taking spots 1-6 in the event. Senior Paul Neidhardt and sophomore Ryan Kochert each cleared 15-3 (4.65m), but Neidhardt claimed first place based on previous attempts. Freshmen Mark Vetere placed third with a clear of 14-9 (4.50m) and classmates Matthew Deisher, Joshua Drablos and Raymond Matelli all cleared 14-3¼ (4.35m).

Junior Rand Montermini cleared 6-6½ (1.99m) in the high jump to place second.

The Mids won two of the three relay events, taking first in the 4x800m and the distance medley relay. Max Dunn, Matthew Cecala, Joshua Kingsland and Ryan Pajor clocked a 7:53.45 to win the 4x800m, just missing the IC4A standard by 0.45.

Jacob Fox, Andrew Mighty, Caleb Haney and Kyle Davis won the DMR as "Navy B" with a time of 10:17.22 and the "Navy A" team of Weston Kennedy, Travis Fanning, Max Dunn and Shane O'Donnell took second with a time of 10:19.69. Both teams were under the IC4A standard.

Also qualifying for the IC4As was the 4x400m relay team of Kolton Kempel, Matthew Evers, Daniel Gallien and Lucas Connelly, who took fourth in the event with a time of 3:18.71.

Connelly and Evers both hit IC4A marks in the 800m. Connelly clocked a 1:53.45 (Indoor PR) to place fourth and Evers was fifth at 1:54.48.

Senior Michael Sheehan placed third in the mile run with an IC4A time and PR of 4:14.34 and Cody Thompson took fourth at 4:15.12 (PR). Sean Rynning placed second in the 5,000m with a time of 15:07.75.

Senior Alexander Jackson took seventh in the 400m dash with a 49.94 and sophomore Brett Bogaard was fifth in the 200m (22.35). Isaac Teichgrab was seventh in the 200m (22.44) and Jackson was eighth (22.44).

Freshmen Jalen Elrod and Rico Goldstone each ran a 7.18 in the prelims of the 60m dash and Elrod went on to run a 7.11 in the finals to take sixth place in the event.

"It was pretty big for us to get Elrod into the final of the 60m dash as just a plebe," Cooksey said.

Senior Chris Boniwell took second in the shot put with a mark of 47-7¾ (14.52m) and Duncavage took third at 46-11½ (14.31m).

Navy will be off for four weeks until the team hosts Princeton in their annual dual meet on Jan. 7.



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