Track and Field to Host 10th Annual Wesley Brown Invitational
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy men's and women's track and field teams return to Annapolis this weekend as the Midshipmen host the 10th annual Wesley Brown Invitational. The men's meet begins with the field events at 10:30 a.m. with running events slated to start at noon, while the women's portion of the meet kicks off at 3:00 p.m. at Wesley A. Brown Field House.
The meet will be highlighted by Olympians Devon Allen (United States) and Johnathan Cabral (Canada) who will compete during the 60-meter hurdles.
Quoting Navy Coach Jamie Cook
"It is a great opportunity to host the Wesley Brown Invitational in honor of the Midshipman who not only the meet is named for but also this nationally-acclaimed facility. Our athletes are excited to compete this weekend as we start to focus on the championship portion of our indoor season. Athletes such as Brittany Burg, Chelsey Edwards, Amanda Agana, Ashanti Curry, Sean Brennan, Gabe Collison, Stefano Pineda, and Devin Enslen are a few to keep an eye on.
"We are also excited about hosting 2016 Olympic finalists in the 110m hurdles -- Devon Allen and Johnathan Cabral. I had the privilege of recruiting and coaching them during my time at the University of Oregon, and guiding their careers once they each turned professional. We are continually trying to elevate our program. Devon and Johnathan choosing to train and compete here only shows our current and future athletes that we are committed to excellence.
"I encourage everyone to come out as a family for a fun-filled day of entertainment. Meet and interact with some world-class athletes and people!"
U.S. Champion vs. Canadian Champion vs. Navy Record Holder
The 60m hurdles will feature the United States champion Devon Allen, the Canadian champion Johnathan Cabral, and Navy record holder Kordell Williams (Upper Marlboro, Md.). The feature event of the day is slated for approximately 1:10 p.m.
Cabral has a career best of 13.22 and 7.65 in the 110m hurdles and 60m hurdles, respectively, while Allen has a career best of 13.03 and 7.56 in the same events.
Allen won three individual NCAA titles and both he and Cabral won two National Championships each for their respective countries, USA and Canada. They will spend the next week training at the Naval Academy. Along with interacting with the fans this weekend, they will get a chance to spend time with the Midshipmen to experience first-hand how our country's next great leaders are trained. Williams holds the top time in the 60m hurdles for the Naval Academy, setting the mark last season as a youngster.
Allen, a former football star at Oregon, is one of the most popular track and field athletes in the world. He is known for his speed and athleticism as well as his unique celebrations and talents off the track. His social media presence is huge with roughly 80k followers on Instagram (@devonallen13).
Lieutenant Commander Wesley A. Brown, CEC, USN, (Ret.)
The late Lieutenant Commander Wesley A. Brown, CEC, USN, (Ret.), who the Navy indoor track and field facility is named for, was the first African American to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy. Brown was born April 3, 1927 in Baltimore, Md. He graduated from Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C., where he was Cadet Corps Regimental Commander during his senior year. Nominated for admission by New York Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Brown entered the Academy in 1945 and graduated in June of 1949. Lt. Cmdr. Brown, a veteran of World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, retired in June 1969 after serving 20 years in the Navy's Civil Engineer Corps. He holds the Navy Commendation Medal, World War II and Korean War Victory, Korean Service, and American Theater and Antarctic Service Ribbons. Brown passed away in 2012.
There will be shuttles available throughout the day on Saturday for transportation to and from the Wesley Brown Invitational. Busses will run from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium to Wesley A. Brown Field House from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. on Saturday. Valid ID is required.
William & Mary
Saturday, Jan. 27
Field Events -- Men
10:30 a.m. -- Weight Throw, Long Jump, Pole Vault, High Jump
12:15 p.m. -- Shot Put, Triple Jump
Running Events -- Men
12:00 p.m. -- 5,000m Run
12:20 p.m. -- 1-Mile Run
12:40 p.m. -- 60m Hurdles
12:55 p.m. -- 60m Dash
1:10 p.m. -- 60m Hurdles (U.S. vs. Canada)
1:20 p.m. -- 400m Dash
1:35 p.m. -- 500m Dash
1:45 p.m. -- 800m Run
1:50 p.m. -- 1,000m Run
2:00 p.m. -- 200m Dash
2:20 p.m. -- 3,000m Run
2:35 p.m. -- 4x400m Relay
2:45 p.m. -- Distance Medley Relay
3:00 p.m. -- Kids vs. Mids Race (12 and under)
Field Events -- Women
3:00 p.m. -- Weight Throw, Long Jump, Pole Vault
4:45 p.m. -- High Jump
5:00 p.m. -- Shot Put, Triple Jump
Running Events -- Women
3:15 p.m. -- 1-Mile Run
3:35 p.m. -- 60m Hurdles
3:50 p.m. -- 60m Dash
4:10 p.m. -- 400m Dash
4:30 p.m. -- 500m Dash
4:40 p.m. -- 800m Run
4:55 p.m. -- 1,000m Run
5:05 p.m. -- 200m Dash
5:35 p.m. -- 3,000m Run
5:50 p.m. -- 4x400m Relay
6:00 p.m. -- Distance Medley Relay
Kids vs. Mids Race
All kids 12 and under are welcome to run a lap with their favorite Midshipmen. The kids' competition will take place at 3:00 p.m.
Posters / Autograph Session
The first 100 kids in attendance will get a free 2017-18 Navy track and field poster. There will be an autograph session featuring members of the Navy men's and women's track and field team from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
The Navy track and field team has registered 12 student-athletes as M-F Athletic Patriot League Performers of the Week. The Midshipmen have had two Male Track Athletes of the Week -- Devin Enslen (Alamogordo, N.M.) and Demetrius Lanier (Palm Coast, Fla.) -- and two Female Track Athletes of the Week -- Brittany Burg (Gasport, N.Y. -- 2x) and Grace West (Pinehurst, N.C.). Jahna Alleyne (York, Pa.) was named Female Field Athlete of the Week, while Sean Brennan (Westfield, N.J.) and Cedric Williams (Powder Springs, Ga.) were each named Male Field Athletes of the Week. Plebes Chelsey Edwards (Schertz, Texas -- 2x) and Eric Hughey (Lee's Summit, Mo. -- 2x) were each named PL Rookie of the Week.
Mids to Watch
The relay team of Chelsey Edwards (Schertz, Texas), Christina Quigley (Lorton, Va.), Brittany Burg (Gasport, N.Y.), and Amanda Agana (Fayetteville, Ark.) recorded the second fastest time in program history in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:48.33 at the Navy Invitational / Multis.
Edwards, who had Navy's fastest time in the 60m dash (7.84), was the top Mid in the 200m dash, posting the fourth fastest time in school history (25.11). Burg, the indoor captain, notched an ECAC time in the 400m dash with a time of 56.04, which was the seventh fastest time in Navy history. Agana finished just behind Burg with an ECAC qualifying time of 56.39 in the 400m dash.
Senior and outdoor captain Ashanti Curry (Jacksonville, N.C.) recorded a throw of 14.09m in the shot put in the last home meet to qualify for the ECACs. The distance was also the sixth best in program history.
The Midshipmen also clocked an ECAC qualifying time of 9:21.85 in the 4x800m relay. Phoebe Kirk (Ewa Beach, Hawaii) and Ali Valenti (Lansdale, Pa.) notched Navy season-best times of 3:01.51 and 5:03.39 in the 1,000m run and the 1-mile run, respectively, while Audrey Brandon (Lima, Ohio) posted a season-best mark of 15.56m in the weight throw.
On the men's side at the Navy Invitational / Multis, Demetrius Lanier (Palm Coast, Fla.) and Aaron Watson (Union City, Mich.) finished back-to-back in the 60m dash with IC4A qualifying times of 6.93 and 6.97. Lanier (21.56) edged out Devin Enslen (Alamogordo, N.M. - 21.63) in the 200m dash to claim the event, while Watson (21.88) and Evan Lexo (Groton, Mass. - 21.93) each clocked times under 22.
Two-time Patriot League Rookie of the Week, Eric Hughey (Lee's Summit, Mo.) posted an IC4A qualifying time of 49.10 to finish as the Mids best performer in the event, while Nicholas Williams (Bristol, R.I.) notched an IC4A time of 1:54.04 to finish second in the 800m run.
Jake Shewbert (Flowery Branch, Ga. - 2:27.11), Cory Donley (Salina, Kan. - 4:10.79), and Gabriel Collison (La Crescenta, Calif. - 8:19.44) each posted season-best times for the Mids in the 1,000m, 1-mile, and 3,000m runs, respectively. The trio each notched IC4A qualifying times, while Michael Karls (Festus, Mo.) also finished the 3K with an IC4A time of 8:24.15.
Kordell Williams (Upper Marlboro, Md.) continued his impressive start to the season with another IC4A qualifier in the 60m hurdles, clocking a time of 8.14.
Navy's men's relay teams posted season-best times in the 4x400m (3:17.97) and the 4x800 (7:50.32) to qualify for the postseason.
Stefano Pineda (Hockessin, Del.) posted a PR in the pole vault with a height of 5.10m to finish second overall. The height was the best of the season for the Midshipmen and qualified the junior for the IC4As.
Cedric Williams (Powder Springs, Ga.) notched a pair of second place finishes with IC4A qualifying distances in both the long jump (7.25m) and the triple jump (14.59m), while Sean Brennan (Westfield, N.J.) continued to lead the throwers with a season-best distance in the shot put (16.90m) to finish third. Brennan claimed second in the weight throw with a mark of 16.96m.