Women’s Track and Field Concludes Home Indoor Season
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy women’s track and field team posted a strong performance at the annual Sweetheart Mutli Mix Madness meet. The meet served as the final tune up for the women’s team before the Patriot League Indoor Championship next weekend.
“I was proud of our younger athletes who were able to get a chance to compete tonight,” Director of Navy Track and Field Jamie Cook said after the meet. “They did a lot of new events. I was proud of how they attacked it full steam ahead. We had a lot of people across the board who seemed to want to compete and that is what it is all about. We feel pretty confident heading into Patriot League next weekend.”
In the 60-meter dash, Amanda Henson (West Barnstable, Mass.) posted her fastest time of the season, clocking a 7.77 to finish second.
The 200m dash saw Regine Tugade (Dededo, Guam) record the sixth fastest time in program history with a 25.05 to win the event. Henson trimmed nearly half a second off of season-best time to cross the finish line with a 25.36 to finish second, ahead of teammate Christina Quigley (Lorton, Va. – 25.40).
Kara Kakascik (Weirton, W.Va.) notched her fastest time of the season in the 400m dash to register the sixth best time of the year for the Midshipmen with a time of 58.36.
Phoebe Kirk (Ewa Beach, Hawaii) edged out senior captain Brittany Burg (Gasport, N.Y.) in the 800m run. Kirk posted an ECAC qualifying time of 2:13.13, while Burg also notched a qualifying mark of 2:13.20 in the event.
Annie Imhof (Great Mills, Md.) ran the 1,000m run for the first time in her plebe career, notching a time of 3:05.26, while Karla Mendoza (Madison, Neb.) registered the fourth fastest time of the season in the 5,000m with a time of 18:10.58.
In the 60m hurdles, Alyssa Chang (Chula Vista, Calif.) posted the second fastest time of the season with a 9.10, coming just 0.04 seconds shy of her season-best time.
During the meet, the Midshipmen had a little fun with a 4x200m relay against other Navy sports teams. Women’s soccer fielded three relay teams, while the Mids’ volleyball team also competed in the race. Track and field’s two relay teams bested the soccer and volleyball teams in the exhibion race.
Kaitlyn Stafford (Friendswood, Texas) posted an ECAC qualifying height of 3.65m (11-11.75) in the pole vault to tie for the best performance of the season by a Midshipmen. Director of Track and Field Operations Andrea Sabbatine, who was a vaulter at Louisville (’10), competed as an individual in the open event, recording a winning jump of 3.95m (12-11.50).
Juliana Lafrance (Burbank, Calif.) was the top performer for the Midshipmen in the long jump and the triple jump. She recorded a distance of 4.98m (16-04.25) in the long jump, while jumping a mark of 10.26m (33-08.00).
Evelyn Berecz (Downington, Pa.), Lauren Heaton (Russia, Ohio), Ann Jackson (Roanoke, Va.), Chesley Krug (Asheville, N.C.), Banita Simmons (Dyersburg, Tenn.), Jessica Wheeler (Lexington, Va.), and Elizabeth White (Charlotte, N.C.) each competed in the pentathlon. Heaton won the 800m run, while Chang was first in the hurdles. Wheeler claimed first in the high jump and was the top finisher in the shot put, while Berecz had the best mark in the pentathlon long jump.
Navy returns to action next weekend as the Midshipmen take part in the Patriot League Indoor Championship in Lewisburg, Pa. The meet is slated for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 17-18.