Navy Women's Track and Field Take Four Events at Patriot Games
Jess Palacio won the 800-meter Run
Jan. 29, 2011
Fairfax, Va. - Navy junior Jess Palacio (800m), junior Amanda Phelps (weight throw) and sophomore Kristin Smith (high jump) each won their respective events at the women's track and field Patriot Games for the second straight season on Saturday on the campus of George Mason. The Mids also won the 4x800-meter relay at the non-team scored event.
"We were really impressed with the way Jess [Palacio] ran in the 4x800 and the 800 and Kristin [Smith] looked great in the high jump," said head coach Carla Criste. "We are really looking forward to our meet against Army next weekend and it's going to be a great meet. We really look neck-and-neck right now with them in each event."
Palacio won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:09.69, which due to the George Mason track size, is converted to a 2:08.69, a new Navy record. The former school indoor record was set by Carol Womack in 1986 (2:09.49). Palacio was well under the ECAC standard in her first 800m race of the season. Her time is also the fastest ran by a Patriot League athlete this season and heading into this weekend's competition, the 11th fastest in the country. Palacio accomplished all of this without being pushed in the race, as she won the event by seven seconds.
Smith defended her 2010 title with a first-place finish in the high jump. Smith's jump of 5'7" was her season-best and it also qualified her for the ECAC Championships. Her clear of 5'7" currently leads all Patriot League high jumpers.
Phelps took first place in the weight throw with a toss of 55'1" (16.79m). Phelps continues her 2010-11 unbeaten streak, as she has won the weight throw event in each of Navy's four competitions this season.
"Amanda has looked great in the weight throw," said Criste. "It's really impressive what she has been able to do so far this season in winning every time."
The 4x800-meter relay team of Palacio, sophomore Liz Milewski, freshman Zatha Loewen and senior Erin Neumann were victorious with a time of 9:46.22, 15 seconds faster than Loyola's (Md.) second place team.
Freshman Rachael Honrath set a PR in the 1,000-meter run with a second-place finish of 3:05.46. Junior Katie Taylor placed fourth in the 3,000-meter run with a season-best performance (10:09.34) and sophomore Brigid Byrne was eighth (10:19.85).
Junior Ashley Aitken finished second in the mile 60m hurdles (9.18).
Next up for Navy is the annual indoor Star Meet against Army at West Point on Feb. 5. A sixth-straight Star Meet victory for Navy would even the all-time indoor series. The Black Knights currently lead the series, 12-11-1.