March 25, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -
The Navy men's track and field team has been selected to win the 2013 Patriot League Outdoor Championship, according to the conference's preseason poll, which was announced Monday. The preseason poll is voted on by the league's head coaches and sports information directors.
Navy received nine first-place votes to top the poll with 92 points. Bucknell was a close second with 90 points with seven first-place votes. Army was third (76) followed by Lehigh (62), Lafayette (50), American (31), Colgate (29) and Holy Cross (18).
After being selected as co-favorites to win the indoor team title with Bucknell, Navy emerged victorious with 204.5 team points to finish ahead of second-place Bucknell (182 points).
Navy swept the major awards at the indoor team meet. Head coach Stephen Cooksey was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year and junior Weston Kennedy was named the Patriot League Track-Athlete of the Meet. Junior Zack Duncavage was tabbed as the Patriot League Field-Athlete of the Meet and freshman Austin Batiste was named the rookie of the meet.
Navy placed second at the 2012 Patriot League Outdoor Championship with 153 points. Bucknell won the team title with 167 points.
The 2013 Patriot League Outdoor Championship will be held from May 3-4 at Lehigh's campus in Bethlehem, Pa.
The Patriot League announced Monday that Duncavage and Batiste received weekly honors for their performances at the Point Loma Open on March 16 and at Navy's home meet this past Saturday.
Duncavage garners his fifth career league award as he was named the Patriot League Field-Athlete of the Week. Duncavage won the discus at Navy's four-team meet this past weekend with an IC4A-qualifying mark of 181-2 (55.22m). The mark was the third best in school history and Duncavage, a 2012 All-American in the discus, owns the school's top four marks.
Duncavage was a double winner on Saturday as he also won the shot put with an outdoor personal best mark of 50-9¼ (15.47m). Duncavage also won the shot put at Point Loma on March 16.
Batiste was a three-time rookie of the week during the indoor season and earns the same award to open the outdoor season.
Batiste placed second in the 400m dash on Saturday with an IC4A-qualifying time of 48.10. The 48.10 is the top 400m time posted by any Patriot League athlete this year, in the indoor or outdoor seasons. Batiste also posted an IC4A-qualifying time in the 4x100m relay on Saturday with a first-place showing of 41.95.
Patriot League Men's Outdoor Track and Field Preseason Poll
1. Navy, 92 points (9 first-place votes)
2. Bucknell, 90 (7)
3. Army, 76
4. Lehigh, 62
5. Lafayette, 50
6. American, 31
7. Colgate, 29
8. Holy Cross, 18