Navy Men's Track to Compete at North Carolina Saturday
Senior Lucas Connelly
April 13, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men's outdoor track and field team (13-0) will compete in North Carolina's Kent Taylor/Joe Hilton Invitational on Saturday at Irwin Belk Track. Live results will be available on NavySports.com or by clicking here.
Scheduled teams for Saturday's invite include North Carolina, Navy, Duke, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, East Carolina and Syracuse.
The Mids are coming off a dramatic 102.5-100.0 win over Army in the outdoor Star Meet, capping off a season sweep against their rivals. The meet came down to the final event, the 4x400m relay, with the score tied at 97.5-97.5. Navy's 4x400m relay team of Kolton Kempel, Matt Evers, Alex Jackson and Lucas Connelly ran a 3:18.55 to edge out Army's squad (3:19.78).
Sophomore Zack Duncavage broke the Navy school discus record against Army last week en route to being named the Patriot League Field-Athlete of the Week. Duncavage recorded a mark of 181-6 (55.33m) to take first place in the event and vault to a No. 6 ranking in the NCAA's East Region. The top-48 athletes in each event will qualify for the NCAA's East Regional in Jacksonville, Fla. from May 26-26.
Other Navy athletes currently in the top-48 include senior Ken Bunnell at No. 30 in the 3,000m steeplechase (9:08.19), senior Josh Houston is 39th in the high jump (6-10¼, 2.09m), senior Chris Boniwell is 29th in the discus (168-8, 52.40m) and junior Miles Snelgrove is ranked No. 20 in the javelin (216-9, 66.08m). Duncavage, Houston, Boniwell and Snelgrove are all slated to compete in their respective events on Saturday in North Carolina.
The Mids are currently ranked No. 1 in seven events on the Patriot League performance list. In addition to Duncavage, Bunnell, Houston and Snelgrove, senior Lucas Connelly is ranked No. 1 in the 800m (1:51.96), senior Dominic Della Pelle paces the 1,500m at 3:51.36 and freshman Mark Vetere is the top-ranked pole vaulter at (15-11¾, 4.87m).
Navy will be off next weekend, but will return to action at the Penn Relays from April 26-28. The Penn Relays will be Navy's final tune-up before the outdoor championship season. Navy will compete in the 2012 Patriot League Championship at Holy Cross from May 4-5, the IC4A Championship at Princeton from May 11-13 and the NCAA East Regional from May 24-26.
2012 Kent Taylor/Joe Hilton Track and Field Invitational
University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill | Irwin Belk Track
Field Events 10:00 AM Hammer at Finley Fields 10:00 AM Javelin 11:30 AM Long Jump, followed by Triple Jump 12:30 PM Pole Vault 1:00 PM Discus Throw 1:30 PM High Jump 1:30 PM Shot Put
Running Events 1:30 PM 4x100m Relay 1:40 PM 400m 2:10 PM 100m 2:30 PM 110m Hurdles 2:55 PM Bridge II Sport Races 3:30 PM 800m 4:00 PM 400m Hurdles 4:30 PM 200m 4:50 PM 3,000m Steeplechase 5:20 PM 5,000m 6:00 PM 1,500m 6:30 PM 4x400m