Men's Track Opens Outdoor Season at Point Loma Invitational
March 14, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men's track and field program will open the 2014 outdoor season this Saturday at the Point Loma Open in San Diego. Navy is coming off a very successful indoor season that was highlighted by winning the Patriot League Indoor Championship and defeating Army in the Star Meet, 100-81.
Navy placed third at the 2013 Patriot League Outdoor Championship and also defeated Army last outdoor season in Annapolis, 105-97. The Army-Navy meet came down to key late performances from the Mids in the 400m hurdles, 200m dash and the discus that provided the difference.
Navy’s last competition was the IC4A Indoor Championship in Boston from March 8-9. The Mids scored 42 team points and finished tied for sixth overall. Eight Mids earned IC4A All-East honors by placing in the top eight.
Navy is returning five NCAA East Regional qualifiers in senior Zack Duncavage (discus), senior Ryan Kochert (pole vault), junior Mark Vetere (pole vault), junior Joshua Kingsland (800m) and sophomore Jay Stell (javelin).
Jordan Sartor-Francis has dominated the 200-meter dash in the last three meets Navy has competed in. Sartor-Francis took the 200m individual title in back-to-back meets at the Patriot League and IC4A Championships. The sophomore sprinter’s 21.05 time in the 200m at the IC4A’s was a career-best and the fastest in program history.
Duncavage placed sixth in the discus (184-9) at the 2013 NCAA East Regional at North Carolina A&T's Aggie Stadium. He advanced to the NCAA Championship for the second straight year. He placed 16th in the discus at the 2012 NCAA Championship to earn Second-Team All-America honors. He went on to earn second-team All-American honors for the second straight year in the discus by placing 11th at the 2013 NCAA Track Championships held at the University of Oregon
Austin Batiste (400m), Derrick Petett (weight throw), Sean Rynning (mile), Jiles Maness (pole vault), Nick Palermo (1000m), Steve Schroeder joined Sartor-Francis in earning All-East honors at the IC4A meet two weeks ago.
Following the Point Loma Open, Navy will return home to host American and Maryland-Eastern Shore at Ingram Field on Saturday, March 22 at 10:00 AM. The Mids travel to Army at West Point on April 5.