Navy Men's Track Ready for League Championship Meet
Feb. 14, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men's indoor track and field team will compete in the 2013 Patriot League Indoor Championship at Army's Gillis Field House in West Point, N.Y. this weekend. The three-day meet featuring the league's eight schools will run from Friday to Sunday.
Navy will enter 32 athletes into the 20-event meet. Four of the seven heptathlon events will be held on Friday with the remaining three on Saturday. Saturday will feature the finals of the 5,000m, the 4x800m relay and the weight throw, high jump and long jump. The finals of the remaining 14 events will be held Sunday. The top six finishers in each of the 20 events score as follows: 10-8-6-4-2-1.
Head coach Stephen Cooksey will look to lead the team to a fifth indoor team title. The Mids won the 2011 indoor league meet before placing second to Bucknell by just 8.75 points at last year's championship. Navy and Bucknell were voted as co-favorites to win the league crown in the league's preseason poll.
Navy has had a very successful indoor season in 2012-13. The Mids won dual meets at Army and at Princeton and took first place at two team-scored home meets in January. Navy has qualified athletes to the IC4A Indoor Championship in 16 of 20 the possible events.
Navy has been ranked in the top five of the USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Region Poll all season and is currently No. 3.
The Mids enter the weekend looking very strong in the 3,000m run, pole vault and weight throw. Navy has five athletes ranked in the conference's top six in both the 3K and pole vault and three athletes ranked in the top six in the weight throw. Also, a Navy runner has won both the 3,000m and the 5,000m in each of the last three indoor league meets.
Navy is ranked No. 1 in the Patriot League in six events. Freshman Austin Batiste is the top-ranked sprinter in the 400m, junior Weston Kennedy leads the 1,000m, senior Kyle Satterwhite leads the 3,000m, senior Rand Montermini leads the high jump, sophomore Mark Vetere leads the pole vault and Navy has the top-ranked distance medley relay team.
Batiste is the current Patriot League Rookie of the Week and he is also ranked No. 3 in the 200m. Junior Zack Duncavage is this week's league field athlete of the week and is No. 2 in the weight throw and No. 6 in the shot put.
Defending their 2012 indoor individual titles will be Vetere in the pole vault, senior Mitch Simmonds in the 60m hurdles and the distance medley relay team. Vetere was named the Patriot League Indoor Rookie of the Week last year. Simmonds' season-best 60m hurdle time of 8.08 is the second-best in school history.
Following the Patriot League Indoor Championship, Navy will send its qualified athletes to Boston for the IC4A Indoor Championships from March 2-3.
Navy Athletes Currently Ranked in the Conference Top 6 (Top six finishers score at league championship) 60m None in top six
500m 4. Jeremy Cadiente - 1:04.46
800m 2. Joshua Kingsland - 1:53.49
1,000m 1. Weston Kennedy - 2:25.96
60m Hurdles 3. Mitch Simmonds - 8.08
4x400m Relay 2. Navy - 3:17.58
4x800m Relay 3. Navy - 7:50.82
Distance Medley Relay 1. Navy - 10:06.64
Long Jump 3. Jeremy Granderson - 23-0½ (7.02m)
Shot Put 6. Zack Duncavage - 50-9½ (15.48m)
Day One Schedule - Friday, February 15
12:00 p.m. W Pentathlon (60m Hurdles, Long Jump, Shot Put, High Jump) 12:15 p.m. M Heptathlon (60m Dash, High jump, Shot Put, Long Jump)
Day Two Schedule - Saturday, February 16 9:30 a.m. M Heptathlon (60m Hurdles, Pole Vault, 1000m)
Field Events 11:00 a.m. M Weight Throw 11:00 a.m. M Long Jump 11:00 a.m. W High Jump 2:00 p.m. W Weight Throw 2:00 p.m. W Long Jump 2:00 p.m. M High Jump
Running Events 1:00 p.m. W 60m Hurdles - prelims 1:15 p.m. M 60m Hurdles- prelims 1:30 p.m. W 60m Dash - prelims 1:45. p.m. M 60m Dash - prelims 2:00 p.m. W 5000m Run - Unseeded 2:20 p.m. W 5000m Run - Seeded 2:45 p.m. W 60m Hurdles - Semis 2:55 p.m. M 60m Hurdles - Semis 3:05 p.m. W 60m Dash - Semis 3:15 p.m. M 60m Dash - Semis 3:25 p.m. M 5000m Run - Unseeded 3:45 p.m. M 5000m Run Seeded 4:10 p.m. W 200m Run - Semis 4:25 p.m. M 200m Run - Semis 4:40 p.m W 4 X 800m Relay 4:55 p.m. M 4 X 800m Relay
Day Three Schedule - Sunday, February 17
Field Events 10:00 a.m. M Pole Vault 10:00 a.m. M Triple Jump 10:00 a.m. M Shot Put 1:00 p.m. W Pole Vault 1:00 p.m. W Triple Jump 1:00 p.m. W Shot Put
Running Events 12:00 p.m. W Mile Run 12:15 p.m. M Mile Run 12:30 p.m W 60m Hurdles 12:35 p.m M 60m Hurdles 12:40 p.m. W 60m Dash 12:45 p.m. M 60m Dash 1:00 p.m. W 400m Dash 1:15 p.m. M 400m Dash 1:30 p.m. W 500m Run 1:45 p.m. M 500m Run 2:00 p.m. W 800m Run 2:15 p.m. M 500m Run 2:30 p.m. W 1000m Run 2:40 p.m. M 1000m Run 2:50 p.m. W 200m Dash 3:00 p.m. M 200m Dash 3:10 p.m. W 3000m Run 3:30 p.m. M 3000m Run 3:50 p.m. W Distance Medley Relay 4:05 p.m. M Distance Medley Relay 4:20 p.m. W 4 X 400 Relay 4:30 p.m. M 4 X 400 Relay 5 p.m. Awards Ceremony