Smith Wins High Jump Title at Patriot League Meet
Feb. 16, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Navy women's indoor track and field team sits in third place with 42 points heading into Sunday's final day of the 2013 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championship at Army's Gillis Field House. The Mids went 1-2 in the high jump and 2-3 on the 5,000m run on Saturday.
Bucknell leads with 50 points, followed by Lehigh (48.33), Navy (42), Army (21.33), Holy Cross (14) and Lafayette (10.33). Colgate and American are tied for seventh with zero points.
"Overall it was a pretty good day and the top three teams are all really close," head coach Carla Criste said. "We had a great 1-2 punch in the high jump with Kristin Smith and Veronica Ffrench. Kristin was looking very strong. We also had a few people get through to the finals of the sprints for tomorrow."
Senior Kristin Smith won her second Patriot League title in the indoor high jump, clearing 5-7 (1.70m). Smith also won the 2011 league indoor title as a sophomore and her mark on Saturday met the ECAC-qualifying standard.
Junior Veronica Ffrench, the high jump winner at the 2012 indoor and outdoor league meets, placed second with a clear of 5-3 (1.60m). The Mids garnered 18 points in the event. Smith earns all-league first team honors and Ffrench all-league second team honors for their 1-2 finish.
Navy went 2-3 in the 5,000m run, with senior Brigid Byrne earning All-Patriot League Second Team honors as the runner-up. Byrne clocked a personal-record time of 16:58.80, the second-best indoor mark in school history. Her flat-track converted time of 16:51.06 is well under the ECAC standard.
Sophomore Annie-Norah Beveridge placed third in the 5,000m run at 17:23.31 (ECAC), as the Mids took 14 points in the event. Both Byrne and Beveridge will compete in the 3,000m run on Sunday.
Junior Maressa Guynn placed third in the weight throw at 54-6 (16.61m). Her mark was over the ECAC standard and she tallied six team points. Junior Teronda Brown placed just outside the scoring range with a seventh-place showing of 51-7¾ (15.74m). Brown is the top seed for Sunday's shot put.
Sophomore Sarah Barnum scored one point by placing sixth in the long jump with a season-best mark of 17-4¾ (5.30m).
Senior Jessica Ridgway advanced through the prelims of both the 60m dash and the 200m dash to Sunday's finals. Ridgway clocked a 7.76 in the 60m and a 25.70 in the 200m. Ffrench will also compete in the finals of the 60m dash after posting a season-best time of 7.93 in the prelims.
Freshman Frankie Gale, who placed seventh in the pentathlon on Friday, made it to Sunday's finals of the 60m hurdles after running a 9.67 in the prelims.
Navy was looking strong in the 4x800m relay on Saturday, but a Navy runner was bumped and she dropped the baton and had to go back for it. The Mids ended up placing fifth in the event at 9:27.77.
Sunday's competition will feature the finals of the remaining 14 events. The running events will begin at 12 noon with the mile run and the women's field events will begin at 1:00 PM.