Men's Track to Face Army Saturday in Star Meet
April 4, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men's outdoor track and field program (3-0) will host Army on Saturday at Ingram Field in the 87th edition of the Outdoor Star Meet. The hammer throw will begin at 10:00 AM at Hospital Point and the rest of the meet will be held at Ingram Field with the long jump, pole vault and high jump beginning at 11:30 AM. The first running event will be the 3,000m steeplechase at 12 noon.
Seniors Kolton Kempel (outdoor team captain), Mitch Simmonds (indoor team captain), Chris Fowler, Christopher Galvin, Jordan Gruber, Rand Montermini, Kyle Satterwhite, Joshua Shaw and Andrew Wondolowski will be competing in their final home meet at Ingram Field on Saturday.
Army leads the all-time outdoor Star series, 44-42, but Navy was victorious in 2012, 102.5-100.5, in a meet that came down to the final race. Army held a three-point lead heading into the final two running events, but 2012 graduates Cody Rome and James Pearson went 1-3 in the 5,000m run to even the score at 97.5-97.5 heading into the 4x400m relay.
The 4x400m relay squad of Kempel, Matt Evers, Alex Jackson and Lucas Connelly won the race by 1.23 with Connelly pulling away on the final straightaway to clinch the N-Star for Navy.
The Mids won nine of 19 events at last year's outdoor star meet and Zack Duncavage established a new Army-Navy meet record with a first-place mark of 181-6 (55.33m) in the discus. Duncavage's Star Meet mark currently stands as the second-best in school history and he is the Navy school record holder at 182-11 (55.76m).
Another returning event winner is sophomore Mark Vetere, who took first place in the pole vault last year with a clear of 15-9 (4.80m). Vetere is a three-time Patriot League pole vault champion.
Navy also beat Army this February for the Indoor Star Meet, 93-88. The Mids won five of the six field events and took a 27-25-2 lead in the all-time indoor series.
Duncavage has had a strong start to the 2013 outdoor season, winning the shot put three times, the discus twice and the hammer once in three weeks of action. Duncavage is Navy's highest-ranked athlete on the NCAA East Region performance list, sitting at No. 12 in the discus throw with a mark of 181-2 (55.22m). Duncavage was named the Patriot League Field-Athlete of the Meet at the 2013 league indoor championship, which Navy won.
Duncavage was named the Patriot League Field Athlete of the Week on March 25. Navy plebes Austin Batiste (March 25) and Jay Stell (April 1) have each been named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week this outdoor season.
Head coach Stephen Cooksey brought in a very talented freshman class for this season and five different plebes have won a total of nine conference rookie of the week awards this year.
Navy is ranked No. 1 in the outdoor season's first USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Region Poll. Navy spent six weeks in the top three of the Mid-Atlantic Region Poll during the 2013 indoor season.
Navy will compete at the George Mason Invitational next weekend in Fairfax, Va.
All fans without a Department of Defense sticker on their vehicle must park outside of the U.S. Naval Academy grounds. Fans may park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for $5. Free shuttle buses will run every 10 minutes between Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and Ingram Field. The shuttle buses will start running at 9:30 am on Saturday and will continue to 6:30 pm. Shuttle schedule and pick up location are subject to change. Please call 1-800-US4-NAVY for more information.
Army-Navy Men's Meet Schedule
Field Events 10:00 am Hammer Throw (at Hospital Point) 11:30 am Long Jump, Triple Jump follows 11:30 am Pole Vault 11:30 am High Jump 12:00 pm Javelin, Shot Put follows, Discus follows Shot Put
Running Events 12:00 pm 3,000m Steeplechase 12:15 pm 4x100m Relay 12:25 pm 1,500m Run 12:35 pm 110m Hurdles 12:45 pm 400m Dash 12:55 pm 100m Dash 1:05 pm 800m Run 1:15 pm 400m Hurdles 1:25 pm 200m Dash 1:35 pm 5,000m Run 1:55 pm 4x400m Relay