Women's Track and Field Claims Father Diamond Invite Title
FAIRFAX, Va. -- The Navy women's track and field team returned to action with a victory at George Mason's Father Diamond Invitational on Saturday.
The Midshipmen tallied 201 points to win the event, finishing ahead of meet-host George Mason (125). VCU registered 122 points to come in third, while James Madison finished fourth with 109.50 points. Morgan State (55), Howard (35.50), and Holy Cross (8) rounded out the scoring on the day.
"We looked very solid, scoring in nearly every event today," head coach Carla Criste said. "It was a great opportunity for Navy to open 2018 against some tough competition. Our performances should give us some confidence heading into our next few meets."
The Midshipmen won three events and notched 27 top-five finishes on the day. Jahna Alleyne, Julia Speranzo, Grace West each won their respective event. Alleyne recorded a PR throw of 15.34m (50-04.00) in the weight toss, while Speranzo notched a height of 1.65m (5-05.00) to win the high jump. In the 3,000-meter run, West clocked a time of 10:03.07 to claim the race. Banita Simmons finished fourth in the high jump, while Emily Craig earned a fourth-place finish in the 3,000m run.
In addition to the three first place finishes, senior captain Ashanti Curry posted an ECAC qualifying mark of 13.68m (44-10.75) in the shot put to claim second in the event. Eileen Brady posted a top-five finish in the shot with a distance of 12.22m (40-01.25).
Joining Alleyne in the weight throw, Izzy Marini and Samantha Orie each notched top-five performances in the weight throw. Marini posted a throw of 15.21m (49-11.00) to finish third, while Orie registered a distance of 14.85m (48-08.75) to claim fifth.
Navy took four of the top five spots in the 800m run. Phoebe Kirk (2:20.19), Cat Goss (2:22.45), Maddy Marrone (2:24.95), and Mary Margaret West (2:25.17) finished second, third, fourth, and fifth, respectively in the event.
The Midshipmen had a pair of top-five performers in the 400m dash, 500m dash, the mile, and the pole vault. Christina Quigley and Kara Kakascik recorded times of 59.83 and 1:00.29 to finishe third and fourth in the 400m dash. Senior captain Brittany Burg clocked a time of 1:16.54 to claim second place and edge teammate Amanda Agana (1:18.86) in the 500m dash. Ali Valenti and Rachel Fairbanks used times of 5:12.47 and 5:20.97 to finish second and fourth in the event. Maggie Ruud and Rosemary Brinegar finished 2-3 in the pole vault with jumps of 3.60m (11-09.75) and 3.50m (11-05.75).
Kara Kakascik finished second in the 1,000m run with a time of 3:06.80, while Aaliyah Gordon claimed third in the 200m dash, crossing the finish line in 26.18. Audrey Fernandez and Evelyn Berecz each registered fourth place finishes. Fernandez recorded a distance of 5.29m (17-04.25) in the long jump, while Berecz notched a mark of 11.30m (37-01.00) in the triple jump.
In the relays, the Midshipmen placed fourth in the distance medley relay with a time of 13:13.37, while taking fifth in the 4x400m relay with a time of 4:16.13.
Navy track and field returns to action on Friday-Saturday, Jan. 12-13, as the Midshipmen host the Navy Invitational and Multis at Wesley A. Brown Field House. The meet begins at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, before concluding on Saturday, Jan. 13 with events starting at 9:30 a.m.