Navy Men's Track to Host Wesley Brown Invitational Saturday
Jan. 26, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men's indoor track and field team (7-2) will host its annual Wesley A. Brown Invitational Saturday at Wesley A. Brown Field House. Lt. Cmdr. Wesley A. Brown, USN (Ret.), the Naval Academy's first African American graduate in 1949, will be in attendance and will be recognized prior to the first running event of the day.
Brown was born April 3, 1927 in Baltimore, Md. and is a veteran of World War II, Korean and Vietnam Wars. He retired in 1969 after serving 20 years in the Navy's Civil Engineer Corps and holds the Navy Commendation Medal, World War II and Korean War Victory, Korean Service, and American Theater and Antarctic Service Ribbons. The Wesley A. Brown Field House was named in his honor and was dedicated in 2008.
The meet will begin with the weight throw at 11:00 AM and the running events will begin at 12 noon, with the 5,000m run. The invitational will be a non-scored meet. This is the fourth straight Saturday that the Navy men have competed at home.
The Wesley A. Brown Invitational is Navy's most prominent home invitational of the indoor season and the Mids will be joined by The Citadel, La Salle, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Penn and William & Mary.
Navy is ranked No. 4 in the season's first USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Region poll. Michigan is slated at No. 7 in the Great Lakes Region and North Carolina is No. 10 in the Southeast Region.
At last season's Wesley A. Brown Invitational, Navy won five events at the non-team scored meet. The Mids took first place in the 3,000m run, mile, triple jump, 800m run and the distance medley relay. Returning winners for Navy include Cody Rome in the 3K, Daniel Park in the triple jump and Matt Evers in the 800m.
Most recently, Navy placed second of four teams at its home quad meet last Saturday. Navy seniors Paul Neidhardt and Chris Ricks had outstanding performances in the field events to pace the Mids. Neidhardt set a PR in the pole vault with an IC4A-qualifying clear of 16-2¾ (4.95m) and Ricks posted a season-best throw of 59-3 (18.06m) in the weight throw.
Neidhardt is now the top-ranked pole vaulter in the Patriot League this season and Ricks ranks third in the weight throw, but is the defending Patriot League champion in the event.
The Mids also pace the Patriot League in three running events at this point in the season, with senior Lucas Connelly ranked first in the 800m (1:53.45), sophomore Cody Thompson first in the 1,000m (2:28.27) and senior Cody Rome first in the 3,000m run (8:18.25). Navy is also ranked No. 1 in the conference in the 4x400m, 4x800m and distance medley relay.
Navy will return to Wesley A. Brown Field House next Saturday to battle Army in the annual indoor Star Meet. The all-time Army-Navy indoor Star Meet series is deadlocked at 25-25-2. Navy holds a 16-9-2 edge in meets in Annapolis.
Only cars with Department of Defense stickers are permitted to drive onto the Yard, but there will be a shuttle service. The track and field shuttle will leave from the west side of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, beginning at 10:00 am. The shuttle is free, but parking costs $5 at the stadium. The shuttle will drop fans off right at the Wesley A. Brown Field House entrance and will make trips back to NMCMS until 7:00 pm.
Meet Schedule Saturday, January 28, 2012 Field Events 11:00 am Weight Throw (Shot Put follows) 11:30 pm Long Jump (Triple Jump follows) 12:00 pm Pole Vault High Jump follows 60m Dash - finals Running Events 12:00 pm 5000m Run 12:20 pm 60m Hurdles - prelims 12:35 pm 60m Dash - prelims 12:50 pm Mile Run 1:05 pm 60m Hurdles - finals 1:15 pm 60m Dash - finals 1:25 pm 400m Dash 1:40 pm 800m Run 1:50 pm 200m Dash 2:05 pm 3000m Run 2:20 pm 4x400m Relay 2:30 pm Distance Medley Relay