Men's Track and Field Sends Seven to NCAA East Region Prelims
May 23, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy men’s track and field team will have seven athletes competing at the NCAA East Region Preliminaries on May 29-31 in Jacksonville, Florida at Hodges Stadium, hosted by the University of North Florida. The seven Mids competing next week is the highest number of qualifiers Navy has had since 2008 when it previously sent nine.
Navy athletes will need to finish in the top-12 in their respective event to qualify for the NCAA Championship in Eugene, Oregon on June 11-14.
Navy will have four athletes competing on the track and three in the field events. Sophomore Jay Stell (Carlsbad, N.M.) is Navy’s highest qualifier this season, ranking 11th in the javelin with a mark of 232-0 (70.72m). Stell earned his mark during the Army-Navy Outdoor Star Meet, which broke the school and meet record.
Duncavage sits 16th in the discus throw with mark of 191-2 (58.27m). The senior thrower tallied his highest mark of the season at the Penn Relays, garnering fourth place with the throw. Duncavage has reached the NCAA Championship the last two seasons, finishing in the top seven in each of the last two years at the NCAA East Prelims.
Maness is 24th amongst pole vault qualifiers with a mark of 17-0.75 (5.20m). Maness, who was hovering between 15-7 and 16-2 and was out of the top 48 this season, launched himself into the top-25 in the East Region at the IC4A Championship last weekend to garner a spot to compete in the NCAA Championship.
On the track, sophomore Jordan Sartor-Francis (Jonesboro, Ga.) ranks 23rd in the 200m dash with a time of 20.83. Sartor-Francis recorded his season-best mark of 20.83 at the Patriot League outdoor track and field championship to garner his first individual title at a league championship. The sprinter averaged between 21.27 and 21.33 before his sudden outburst at the league championship.
Sophomore Steve Schroeder (Monticello, Ill.) sits 24th in the 5000m run with a time of 14:02.93. Schroeder’s time came at the Larry Ellis Invitational, which he shaved off 28 seconds from his previous best mark to place him in the top 25.
Junior Joshua Kingsland (Irvine, Calif.) is 42nd in the 800m run with a mark of 1:49.68. Kingsland earned his season-best mark in Gainesville, Florida at the University of Florida Tom Jones Memorial earlier this year.
Junior Shane O’Donnell (Norfolk, Va.) ranks 48th in the 3000m steeplechase with a time 9:00.72. O’Donnell has improved his mark in the steeplechase each race, averaging around 9:33:00 mark to a low 9:05:00. The Norfolk, Va. native recorded his career-best mark of 9:00.72 at the Larry Ellis Invitational this season.
Stell will be Navy’s first competitor on Thursday in the javelin at 12 noon.
Friday, May 30
Jordan Sartor-Francis – 200m – 8:00 p.m. (First Round)
Shane O’Donnell – 3000m steeplechase – 8:50 p.m. (Quarterfinal)