Track and Field Concludes San Diego Collegiate Challenge
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The Navy track and field team opened up the 2018 outdoor season at the San Diego Collegiate Challenge hosted by UC San Diego at the Triton Track and Field Stadium in La Jolla, Calif. On the women's side, Navy posted six first place finishes to go along with 10 second place finishes. The Navy men's team produced nine first-place finishes, while also notching six second-place finishes.
"We got some solid marks to start the year," Director of Navy Track and Field Jamie Cook said after the meet. "We had a good time in California for our first outdoor meet of the season. I think we need to get better if we want to be the type of team that we've talked about being. That is not necessarily a bad thing, it is just my assessment of what I see and how we can improve. We have some good leaders on this team and they need to step up and continue to be present. It is a good first meet. That is why we came out (to California) - to learn and transition from indoors to outdoors."
On the women's side, Navy posted six first place finishes to go along with 10 second place finishes.
Amanda Agana (Fayetteville, Ark.) posted a first-place finish in the 400-meter dash, clocking a time of 56.12. Julia Speranzo (Springfield, Va.) and Evelyn Berecz (Downington, Pa.) each posted first place finishes in the high jump and triple jump, respectively. Speranzo notched a height of 1.57m (5-01.75), while Berecz registered a distance of 11.75m (38-06.75).
The Midshipmen finished 1-2 in the shot put, 100m dash, and the 800m run. Ashanti Curry (Jacksonville, N.C.) won the shot put with a throw of 12.70m (41-08.00), while Izzy Marini (Elkgrove, Calif.) took second with a distance of 12.50m (41-00.25). Regine Tugade (Dededo, Guam) and Amanda Henson (West Barnstable, Mass.) were the top two finishers in the 100m dash, clocking times of 12.40 and 12.48. The 800m saw Phoebe Kirk (Ewa Beach, Hawaii) record a time of 2:15.38 to win the event, while Kara Kakascik (Weirton, W.Va.) was second with a time of 2:15.43.
Curry was second in the hammer throw with a distance of 46.54m (152-80.00), while Haley Unger (Marlboro, N.J.) posted a second-place finish in the javelin with a throw of 39.42m (129-04.00). Grace West (Pinehurst, N.C.) and Claire Ostrowski (Virginia Beach Va.) notched second-place finishes in the distance events. West posted a time of 4:47.09 in the 1,500m run, while Ostrowski notched a time of 10:07.62 in her first meet of the year in the 3,000m run. Brittany Burg (Gasport, N.Y.) clocked a time of 1:01.71 in the 400m hurdles to finish second.
In the relays, the team of Henson, Edwards, Tugade, and Kamara finished second with a time of 47.62 in the 4x100m relay, while Edwards, Quigley, Burg, and Agana combined for a 4:05.89 in th3 4x400m relay for a second-place finish.
The Navy men's team produced nine first-place finishes, while also notching six second-place finishes.
The Mids won both relays, clocking a time of 41.12 in the 4x100m with the team of Aaron Watson (Union City, Mich.), Devin Enslen (Alamogordo, N.M.), Evan Lexo (Groton, Mass.), and Demetrius Lanier (Palm Coast, Fla.), while registering a 3:23.98 in the 4x400m with the quartet of Dan Kelly (Warwick, N.Y.), Cameron Hurd (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), Christian Moreno (Oronogo, Mo.), and Nicholas Williams (Bristol, R.I.). Sean Brennan (Westfield, N.J.) registered a throw of 15.58m (51-01.50) in the shot put to win the event. Lanier won the 100m dash with a time of 10.77, while Hurd placed first in the 400m hurdles with a time of 53.66. Justin Hyytinen (Farmington, Minn.) claimed first in the 1,500m run with a time of 4:03.21.
The Mids posted 1-2 finishes in the javelin, 110m hurdles, and the 400m dash. In his first action of the season, outdoor captain Sean Richards (Skillman, N.J.) won the javelin with a throw of 68.92m (226-01.00), while Skylar Mason (Oakdale, Pa.) took second with a distance of 58.71m (192-07.00). The 110m hurdles saw Kordell Williams (Upper Marlboro, Md.) finish just ahead of Clayton Thompson (Corpus Christi, Texas), posting times of 14.47 and 14.60, respectively. Eric Hughey (Lee's Summit, Mo.) won the 400m dash with a time of 48.55, just ahead of John Finnegan (Spring, Texas - 48.88).
Brennan took second in the discus with a distance of 48.03m (157-07.00). Cedric Williams (Powder Springs, Ga.) recorded a long jump distance of 6.82m (22-04.50) for second, while Lexo clocked a 21.93 in the 200m dash for a top-two finish.
Navy will remain in California for the week as part of its spring break training. The Midshipmen will take part in the Point Loma Invitational on Saturday, March 17 in San Diego.