May 15, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy men’s track and field team will travel to the IC4A Championship Friday at William Weaver Track and Field Stadium in Princeton, New Jersey. The Mids will send 26 athletes to compete at the meet.
For the second time in program history, Navy captured the Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championship. The Mids topped the field with 239 points, which is the highest point total scored in school history at a league championship.
Senior thrower Zack Duncavage (League City, Texas) was named the Patriot League Outdoor Field Athlete of the Meet for the first time in his career. Duncavage won the shot put (54-5.50) and the discus (181-9). Head coach Stephen Cooksey was named the Patriot League Outdoor Coach of the Year for the second time in his career, leading Navy to its second outdoor league title.
In 22 total scoring events, Navy recorded eight first-place finishes and eight second-place finishes. Duncavage and sophomore Jordan Sartor-Francis (Jonesboro, Ga.) each led the Midshipmen with two wins in their respective events. Sartor-Francis won the 100m (10.50) and 200m (20.83) dashes. The sophomore sprinter's 10.50 time in the 100m dash tied the Patriot League record that was set by Lafayette's Jerome Rudolph in 2012.
Navy has 11 runners and 15 field athletes competing in this weekend’s meet. Seven of the 26 Mids are currently in the top 48 in their respective event, which, at the moment, qualifies them to NCAA East Regionals. Jay Stell ranks 12th in the javelin (232-0), Duncavage sits 15th in the discus (191-2), Sartor-Francis is 33rd in the 200m dash (20.83), Steve Schroeder ranks 35th in the 5000m (14:02.93), Shane O’Donnell is 41st in the 3000m steeplechase (9:00.72), Mark Vetere sits 42nd in the pole vault (16-7.25) and Joshua Kingsland ranks 48th in the 800m dash (1:49.68).
Navy has been ranked in the top three of the USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Poll in all five weeks of the outdoor season. The Mids are currently ranked third.
Following this weekend’s meet, Navy athletes who qualify in the top 48 of their event will compete in the NCAA East Regionals on Thursday, May 29 through Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla., hosted by the University of North Florida.