Navy Track Opens League Championship With Multi-Events
Feb. 15, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Navy sophomore Sierra Parks took sixth place in the pentathlon to open the 2013 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championship at Army's Gillis Field House on Friday.
Park's sixth-place finish scored one team point for the Navy women after the first day of competition. The pentathlon was the only completed event on Friday.
Lehigh leads the women's standings with 14 points after taking first and fourth in the pentathlon. Bucknell has eight points, Holy Cross has six, Army has two and Navy is in fifth place with its one point.
Parks totaled 2912 points overall in the pentathlon for her sixth-place showing and Navy freshman Frankie Gale had 2878 points to place seventh. Both totals were new career highs.
"It's a decent start for us," head coach Carla Criste said. "Sierra and Frankie performed well and Sierra looked very strong in the 800."
Parks was in eighth place overall entering the 800m run, the last event of the pentathlon, but took first place with a time of 2:28.07 to tally 717 points and move into a scoring place.
Parks also clocked a 10.31 in the 60m hurdles, cleared 4-11¾ (1.52m) in the high jump, made a throw of 26-1 (7.95m) in the shot put and had a long jump of 15-8¼ (4.78m).
Gale had a 60m hurdles time of 9.75, a high jump clear of 4-11¾ (1.52m), a shot put of 31-3¾ (9.54m), a long jump of 15-7¾ (4.77m) and an 800m time of 2:48.61.
Gale's top event was the 60m hurdles where she placed fourth and earned 759 points. She also placed fourth in the shot put.
Lehigh junior Brooke Astor took first place with 3346 points for her third-career Patriot League multi-event title.
On the men's side, four of the seven heptathlon events were contested on Friday. The remaining three events (60m hurdles, pole vault and 1,000m run) will begin Saturday morning at 9:30.
After the first four events, Navy senior Chris Fowler is in second place with 2709 points and classmate Rand Montermini is third with 2669. The duo trails Ryan Paquin of Lehigh who has 2711 points, just two more than Fowler's total.
Fowler had the top shot put mark of the day (41-3, 12.57m) and was second in the long jump (21-7½, 6.59m). Fowler also recorded a high jump of 5-10¾ (1.80m) and a 60m dash time of 7.47.
Montermini was the top high jumper in the heptathlon, clearing 6-7 (2.01m) for 813 points, the highest single-event total by any competitor on Friday. Montermini was third in the 60m dash at 7.40 and also had a long jump of 20-10¾ (6.37m) and a shot put mark of 30-5½ (9.28m).
Saturday's championship schedule will feature the finals of the weight throw, long jump, high jump, 5,000m run and the 4x800 run, as well as the prelims and semifinals of the sprints. The finals of the 14 remaining events will be held on Sunday.