Men's Track to Compete at George Mason Saturday
Pole vaulter Mark Vetere
April 12, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men's outdoor track and field team (4-0) will head to Fairfax, Va. to compete in the George Mason Invitational on Saturday at George Mason Stadium. The field events will begin at 10:00 AM and the first running event will be at 12 noon. There will be late-night running session that will begin at 7:00 PM.
Navy defeated Army, 105-97, last Saturday at Ingram Field to sweep Army in the Indoor and Outdoor Star Meet series for the second-straight year. Navy won 10 of 19 events and went 1-2 in the 200m dash, pole vault and triple jump. The Mids also posted 16 IC4A-qualifying performances.
The Mids received some key performances late in the day to clinch the team title, with junior Zack Duncavage breaking his own school record in the discus at 185-2 (56.44m) in the last event of the day. His mark was also a meet record. Additionally, senior Mitch Simmonds won the 400m hurdles at 53.27 and freshman Austin Batiste (21.83) and junior Brett Bogaard (21.87) went 1-2 in the 200m dash.
Duncavage also won the shot put on Saturday at 52-3¼ (15.93m) en route to earning Patriot League Field-Athlete of the Week honors. In addition to winning the 200m, Batiste also won the 400m at 48.21 and was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week. Duncavage and Batiste earn Patriot League weekly honors for the second time in the last three weeks and Duncavage was also named this week's NAAA Athlete of the Week.
Duncavage is Navy's highest ranked athlete in the NCAA East Region rankings at No. 11 in the discus (185-2) and freshman Jay Stell is 20th in the javelin (216-3). The top-48 athletes in each event will qualify to the NCAA's East Region Championship in May.
Navy is ranked No. 2 in this week's USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Region Poll.
The Mids will compete at the Tom Jones Memorial at the University of Florida next Saturday.