Navy Men's Track Qualifies Six for NCAA East Regional
May 16, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men's track and field program secured six entries to the 2013 NCAA East Regional Championship in Greensboro, N.C. from May 23-35. Senior Christopher Galvin (10K), junior Zack Duncavage (discus), junior Ryan Kochert (pole vault), sophomore Mark Vetere (pole vault), sophomore Joshua Kingsland (800m) and freshman Jay Stell (javelin) will be competing at Aggie Stadium on the campus of North Carolina A&T next weekend.
The top-48 ranked athletes in each event in the East Region qualify for the NCAA East Regional Championship. The top-12 finishers at the East Regional will join the top-12 finishers from the NCAA West Regional to advance to the 2013 NCAA Championship in Eugene, Ore. from June 5-8.
Duncavage will be seeded seventh at the regional with his school record mark of 192-8 (58.74m). Duncavage placed seventh at the 2012 NCAA East Regional to advance to the NCAA Championship, where he placed 16th and earned USTFCCCA Second-Team All-America honors.
Duncavage won the discus at the Patriot League Outdoor Championship for the second time this spring and also earned IC4A All-East honors in the discus for a second time. This is his third trip to the NCAA East Regional.
Vetere and Kochert give Navy two athletes seeded in the top-30 of the pole vault. Vetere is seeded 16th with his school record height of 17-3½ (5.27m) and Kochert is 30th at 16-8¾ (5.10m). Vetere is making his second appearance at the NCAA East Regional. He won his fourth Patriot League pole vault title and earned IC4A All-East honors for the fourth time this spring. Kochert also earned IC4A All-East honors this spring for a second time.
Stell is ranked 23rd in the javelin with his season-best mark of 219-10 (67.02m). Stell won the Patriot League javelin title and placed fourth at the IC4A Outdoor Championship to earn All-East honors.
Galvin is seeded 24th in the 10,000m run with his personal-best time of 29:34.31, which he ran last weekend at the Virginia Challenge. Galvin won the 10,000m at the Patriot League Outdoor Championship with a meet record time of 29:57.26. He was recently named the Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Kingsland is seeded 44th in the 800m run. Kingsland logged his personal-best 800m time, a 1:50.10, in the prelims of the IC4A Championship last weekend. He was the runner-up in the 800m at the Patriot League Outdoor Championship and earned IC4A All-East honors by placing fifth in the finals.
Navy's six regional qualifiers are the most since 2008 when the program had nine. The six entries are also the most of any Patriot League school.