Dec. 6, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Just hours after being selected as the Patriot League Preseason favorites, Navy men’s indoor track & field squad won 10 of the 17 possible events against a field of eight teams at the Navy Invitational on Friday at the Wesley A. Brown Field House.
“I was extremely impressed with tonight’s overall performance,” said head coach Stephen Cooksey. “I thought tonight was one of our best first meets of the year I have seen in a long time. We showed a lot of depth in many events and am excited for our next meet.”
Not only did Navy take home 10 events, the Mids tallied nine different athletes with either IC4A qualifying marks or times. Senior Zack Duncavage and sophomore Jordan Sartor-Francis highlighted the meets with IC4A marks in two different events.
Duncavage recorded IC4A marks in the shot put (16m, 52-6) and weight throw (18.66m, 61-2.75).
“Zack (Duncavage) is continuing to show that he is a national talent,” said Coach Cooksey. “His talent, along with his leadership this season, will be key for us moving forward towards our goals.”
Both the distance runners and sprinters showed a lot of promise, finishing in the top-two in six events and winning three of them. Sartor-Francis achieved IC4A qualifying times in the 60m dash (6.89) and in the 200m dash (21.72).
Sophomore Austin Batiste finished first in the 400m dash with an IC4A qualifying time of 48.02. Junior Joshua Kingsland placed second in the 800m run with an IC4A qualifying mark of 1:52.37. Teammate Roberto Swersky placed sixth in the event and finished with an IC4A qualifying mark of 1:54.18.
Outdoor track & field captain Weston Kennedy placed third in the 3000m run with an IC4A qualifying mark of 8:26.99. Isaac Losee finished first for Navy with a second place finish in the 60m hurdles.
Both 4x400m relay and distance medley squads placed first for Navy. The Mids’ 4x400m relay squad of Jeremy Cadiente, Brett Bogaard, Batiste and Kingsland finished their race with an IC4A qualifying mark of 3:15.49.
In the field events, Navy was led by Duncavage’s two IC4A qualifying marks along with a handful of other competitors. Thomas Buffone finished second behind Duncavage in the shot put with an IC4A qualifying mark of 15.78m.
Sophomore Jeremy Granderson led the field in both the high jump and long jump. Granderson’s first-place marks in the high jump (2.04m, 6-8.25) and long jump (6.81m, 22-4.25) were both IC4A qualifying marks.
Navy’s group of pole vaulters displayed a terrific performance, placing the top six of seven marks. Of the top six Navy pole vaulters, Ryan Kochert (1st), Matthew Deisher (2nd) and Jiles Maness (3rd) tallied IC4A qualifying marks of 15-9 (4.80m).
Navy is off for a month before hosting Princeton for the dual meet at the Wesley A. Brown Field House. The meet is scheduled for Jan. 5, beginning at 11 a.m.