Navy Women Compete in Final Tune-Up Before Patriot League Track Championship
Feb. 9, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's indoor track and field squad (21-1) topped a six-team field at the Sweetheart Meet at Wesley A. Brown Field House on Thursday evening. Navy amassed 221 team points and won seven of nine events. Loyola (Md.) was second (40), Washington and Lee was third (36), Johns Hopkins was fourth (29), James Madison was fifth (10) and McDaniel was sixth (5).
"The sprinters looked exceptionally good today," head coach Carla Criste said. "Natasha Druggan led the quarter-mile crew in a stellar time and Jess Ridgway looked good in the 60 meters. The speed in the sprints and the mid-distance look really good going into the Patriot League Championship. A lot of the youngsters have stepped up lately and this was a great opportunity for the underclass to shine, after last week with the upperclassmen leading the way against Army."
The Sweetheart Meet is known for the pentathlon and 11 competitors completed the five-stage event. Jennifer Monk of James Madison won the event with 3,463 points, besting the ECAC standard.
Navy junior Melanie Sluzewicz was second in the event with 3,069 points, senior Arian Davis was third (3,059) and sophomore Veronica Ffrench was fourth (2,772). The Navy trio all tied for first in the high jump (5-3, 1.60m) and Sluzewicz placed first in the long jump (18-0¼, 5.49m) among all pentathletes.
"I was impressed with our pentathletes," said Criste. "They are great competitors. It was the first experience doing the multi-event for Melanie and Veronica and I was really impressed by the way they started off."
Junior Jessica Ridgway won the 60m dash with a time of 7.93, just 0.01 off her previous season-best performance. Freshman Ashley Edmond and junior Kristin Smith tied for second, each clocking an 8.08.
Junior Natasha Druggan turned in a season-best time of 58.46 to place first in the 400m dash. Senior Colleen McFadden was second at 59.58, freshman Sarah Bernhardt was third (59.67) and senior captain Mansfield Murph was fourth (59.73).
As is annual tradition at the Sweetheart Meet, a full field of 14 relay squads competed in the sprint medley relay (200-200-400-800). Loyola's "A" team won with a time of 4:20.07 and Navy's team of freshman Carly Leary, freshman Ashley Edmond, freshman Sarah Hutchinson and Murph placed second with at 4:27.36.
Navy will next compete in the Patriot League Indoor Championships, hosted by Bucknell from February 17-19. Navy is the defending league champion in women's indoor track and field.
Senior Jess Palacio will be competing individually in the mile run at the Boston University Valentine Invitational on Friday.