Track and Field Concludes Day 1 of Patriot League Championship
LEWISBURG, Pa. - The Navy men's and women's track and field teams completed competition in the 2018 Patriot League Indoor Championship held at Bucknell University's Gerhard Fieldhouse in Lewisburg, Pa. The men finished the day in first place, while the women's team is in second place after Saturday's competition.
Navy's men tallied 59 points on the first day after six events. Army West Point is in second place with 50 points, while Lehigh is in third with 40 points. Bucknell (34), American (16) and Lafayette (16) rounded the top five.
On the women's side, meet host Bucknell leads the field with 46 points, while Navy is in second place with 40 points. Army is in third with 38 points, while Holy Cross and Lehigh are tied for fourth with 34 points.
"It was a great first day," Director of Navy Track and Field Jamie Cook said after the first day of competition. "We competed very well. We qualified nearly everyone we hoped we would for Sunday. We have another day to see how competitive we are as a team."
The quartet of Cory Donley (Salina, Kan.), Jake Shewbert (Flowery Branch, Ga.), Josh Hanna (Winfield, Kan.), and Justin Hyytinen (Farmington, Minn.) earned first-team All-Patriot League accolades, winning the 4x800-meter relay with a time of 7:39.29.
Stefano Pineda (Hockessin, Del.) and Cedric Williams (Powder Springs, Ga.) earned second-team All-Conference honors by finishing second in their respective events. Pineda posted a height of 5.00m in the pole vault, while C. Williams leapt for a distance of 7.20m in the long jump.
Devin Enslen (Alamogordo, N.M.), Evan Lexo (Groton, Mass.), Demetrius Lanier (Palm Coast, Fla.), and Aaron Watson (Union City, Mich.) all qualified in the 60-meter dash. In addition, Lanier, Enslen and Lexo each qualified in the 200m dash. In the 60m hurdles, Kordel Williams (Upper Marlboro, Md.), Hunger Wargo (West Branch, Iowa), Clayton Thompson (Corpus Christi, Texas), and Monte Guess (Philadelphia, Pa.) qualified for Sunday competition.
In other finals, Michael Karls (Festus, Mo.) was the top finisher for Navy in the 5,000m run with a time of 14:40.63, while Mike Milcarek (Woodinville, Wash. - 18.41m) and Sean Brennan (Westfield, N.J. - 18.28m) took fourth and fifth, respectively, in the shot put.
On the women's side, Amanda Henson (West Barnstable, Mass.), Regine Tugade (Dededo, Guam), Wade-Watta Kamara (Virginia Beach, Va.), and Chelsey Edwards (Schertz, Texas) qualified for the semifinals, while Henson and Tugade each advanced to the finals with times of 7.65 and 7.73. In the 200m, Henson, Edwards, Kamara, and Tugade advanced to Sunday competition. Henson clocked a team-best time of 25.28, while Edwards followed with a 25.34. Kamara and Tugade tied with a time of 25.36. The 60m hurdles saw Alyssa Chang (Chula Vista, Calif.) post a time of 9.05 to qualify for the finals.
The Midshipmen finished just off the podium in several finals on the day.
The 4x800m relay team of Brittany Burg (Gasport, N.Y.), Amanda Agana (Fayetteville, Ark.), Phoebe Kirk (Ewa Beach, Hawaii), and Kara Kakascik (Weirton, W.Va.) finished with a time of 9:06.36 to finish fourth. Grace West (Pinehurst, N.C. - 17:06.93) and Emily Craig (Reisterstown, Md. - 17:18.59) finished third and fourth in the 5,000m run, while Kaitlyn Stafford (Friendswood, Texas), Maggie Ruud (Fairfax Station, Va.), and Rosemary Brinegar (Coppell, Texas) each posted heights of 3.85m in the pole vault to finish third, fourth, and sixth, respectively, via judges' decision. Plebe Sam Orie (Greensburg, Pa.) posted a throw of 16.76m in the weight throw to finish fifth in her first Patriot League Championship.
Navy completes competition in the Patriot League Indoor Championship on Sunday, Feb. 18. Field events begin at 10:30 a.m., while track events start at noon. The competition will be live streamed on Patriot League Network beginning at 11:50 a.m.