Navy Men's Track to Compete at Florida on Saturday
April 19, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men's outdoor track and field team will compete at the University of Florida's Tom Jones Memorial at the Percy Beard Track Facility on Saturday. The field events are scheduled to begin at 12 noon and the first running event will be at 2:00 PM.
The Tom Jones Memorial typically has some of the top colleges in the nation competing. The Mids will also have seven athletes in action at the Widener Invitational and four athletes at Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational this weekend.
Navy most recently competed at the George Mason Invitational last weekend. Navy won three field events and posted 20 top-10 performances. Junior Zack Duncavage won the discus, freshman Jay Stell won the javelin and sophomore Mark Vetere won the pole vault. Stell is the reigning Patriot League Rookie of the Week for his performance at George Mason.
Earlier this week, the Navy pole vaulters participated in the McDaniel Twilight Invitational. Vetere cleared an outdoor season-best and IC4A height of 16-5¼ (5.01m) to win the event and junior Ryan Kochert was second at 15-5 (4.70m).
Duncavage and Stell have each put themselves in a solid position to qualify for the NCAA's East Region Championship in May by finishing the season ranked in the East Region's top 48. Duncavage is 12th in the discus with his school-record mark of 185-2 (56.44m) and Stell is 15th in the javelin at 219-10 (67.02m). Vetere is tied for 31st in the pole vault. All three lead the Patriot League rankings in their respective events and will compete in Florida Saturday.
Freshman Austin Batiste is slated to compete at Florida this weekend in the 200m and the 400m. Batiste is ranked first in the conference in the 400m dash with a time of 48.10.
Senior Christopher Galvin (5K) and junior Weston Kennedy (1,500m) will run at Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational this weekend. Galvin is ranked No. 1 in the Patriot League in the 5K and Kennedy is second in the 1,500m.
The Navy men's track and field program will compete at the Penn Relays next weekend.