Feb. 1, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy women’s track & field team took down Army for the ninth-straight year, 104-77, on Saturday at the Wesley A. Brown Field House. The Mids improved their all-time series record over Army, 15-12-1.
Navy put on an all-around team performance, finishing first in 12 of the 17 total events. The Mids won five of six field events and seven of the 11 events on the track.
Navy fed off of the energy that Madeline Zell (Jr., Severna Park, Md.) gave off during the entire meet. Before the competition began, Zell sang the national anthem that seemed to give Navy and the entire field house an indescribable spark. She followed up with a first-place finish in the 800m (2:16.80).
“[Madeline] Zell set the tone for the entire meet from beginning to end, showing a ton of heart that epitomized this meet overall and helped give us the win,” said head coach Carla Criste.
Zell capped off the meet with an exciting finish in the 4x800m relay. After Army and Navy’s first three legs, Army held a substantial lead heading into the final leg. Elizabeth Moton had the lead for the Black Knights in the final lap until the last 100m. As soon as Moton began the last bank of the race, Zell came up with a burst of speed and ran passed Moton to win the final event for Navy.
Hali McFadgen (Fr., Woodbridge, Va.) had strong finishes in both the 60m hurdles (8.97) and long jump (5.56m), finishing first in both. McFadgen’s marks in both events were personal bests.
Maressa Guynn (Sr., Uniontown, Pa.) recorded her second-consecutive ECAC-qualifying performance in the weight throw (1st place) with a mark of 17.29m (also her new personal best). Teronda Brown (Sr., Angleton, Texas) finished first in the shot put with a mark of 13.29m.
Navy’s distance runs placed first in two of the three total events with Mary Cate Scully in the mile run (5:06.80) and Emily Jensen
in the 3000-meter run. The Mids’ Sarah Bernhardt
(1:17.15) and Kelly Maw
(1:18.09) went 1-2 in the 500m dash.
Navy will have a week off before heading to Geneva, Ohio for the Spire Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 15.