Women's Track and Field Falls Short Against Army
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy women's track and field team posted a strong performance against rival Army West Point, but ultimately fell short 94.50-86.50 on Saturday afternoon at Wesley Brown Field House. With the loss, the Midshipmen fall to 15-16-1 against the Black Knights in overall series standings.
"I thought there were some areas that we did really well in," Director of Navy Track and Field Jamie Cook said after the meet. "Looking across the board, there were a lot of tough performances. We just need to get some more wins. If you get a win, it is a huge swing. I liked our character at the end. I liked the character we showed by running hard. Our kids will always compete and we really like the fact that, despite the loss, they upheld the integrity of Navy."
On the day, Navy posted four finishes in the school's all-time top 10.
In the 60-meter dash, Regine Tugade (Dededo, Guam) tied for the fourth fastest time in program history with a time of 7.67. The time was an ECAC qualifier for the sophomore sprinter. Tugade was joined in the 60m dash by Wade-Watta Kamara (Virginia Beach, Va.) who notched a season-best time of 7.76 in the event.
The 200m dash saw Chelsey Edwards (Schertz, Texas) and Tugade post a pair of Navy top-10 performances. Edwards clocked an ECAC qualifying time of 24.92 to etch her name into the Navy record book for the third time as a plebe. Edwards holds the third, fourth and sixth best times in the 200m dash in Mids' history. Tugade posted the seventh fastest time in school history with a 25.18 in the event.
Julia Speranzo (Springfield, Va.) won the high jump with a season-best height of 1.70m (5-07.00). The height is an ECAC qualifier and ties the sophomore for fourth best in Navy indoor history.
Navy posted wins in the 400m and 500m dashes. Edwards cruised to a victory in the 400m dash with a time of 57.72, finishing ahead of teammate Amanda Agana (Fayetteville, Ark.) who clocked a time of 58.69 to claim second place. In the 500m dash, senior captain Brittany Burg (Gasport, N.Y.) posted an ECAC qualifying time of 1:14.77 to win the event by nearly two seconds.
The 1,000m run saw Phoebe Kirk (Ewa Beach, Hawaii) and Rachel Fairbanks (Jamesville, N.Y.) finish second and third with ECAC times of 2:52.82 and 2:53.50, respectively. Ali Valenti (Lansdale, Pa.) was the top finisher in the 3,000m run with a season-best time of 10:06.54 to finish second.
Alyssa Chang (Chula Vista, Calif.) trimmed 15-hundredths of a second off of team-best time in the 60m hurdles to clock a 9.06 to earn second in the event.
Competing in her first meet of the season for the Midshipmen, Tugade claimed first place in the long jump with the second-best distance of the season in the event (5.60m / 18-04.50). The triple jump saw Audrey Fernandez (South Hill, Wash.) and Evelyn Berecz (Downington, Pa.) finish second and third overall with jumps of 12.14m (39-10.00) and 12.09m (39-08.00), respectively.
Izzy Marini (Elkgrove, Calif.) was the top finisher in the shot put with a season-best throw of 13.47m (44-02.50), while Sam Orie (Greensburg, Pa.) was the top Mid in the weight throw with a distance of 15.43m (50-07.50).
Navy returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 8, as the Midshipmen host the Navy Multi Mix at Wesley Brown Field House.