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Women's Outdoor Track Takes First Place at Maryland Invitational

Teronda Brown had a big day for Navy in the throwing events.

March 31, 2012

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Navy women's outdoor track and field team (15-0) won the Maryland Invitational on Saturday at Kehoe Track at College Park. The Mids totaled 206.5 points, besting Temple (179), Maryland (173.5), UMBC (87), Johns Hopkins (55), Georgetown (36), American (12), UDC (7), York (6) and Howard CC (9).

The Mids posted six ECAC-qualifying marks and won four events and were the top collegiate finishers in two additional events to unattached runners.

"I was really proud of the girls today and we had a lot of ECAC qualifiers," head coach Carla Criste said. "Alix Membreno made her debut today and won the javelin and we are really looking forward to the Star Meet next week at Army. It will be a great matchup."

Senior Jess Palacio was the top college finisher and was second overall in the 1,500m run with an ECAC-qualifying time of 4:27.24. The time was the sixth-best time in school history and is a top-20 time in the NCAA East Region this season.

Freshman Maria Arnone was fifth in the 1,500m (4:50.75) and junior Brigid Byrne was sixth (4:51.34).

Freshman Shannon Cuthbert ran a 2:14.58 in the 800m run. Cuthbert placed second to an unattached runner but was the top collegiate finisher. Senior Mansfield Murph took fourth with a 2:15.28, freshman Annie-Norah Beveridge was sixth (2:17.39) and sophomore Sam Carl was eighth (2:22.17).

Freshman Madeline Zell won the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 11:25.45 and classmate Paige Miller was second (11:34.76). Sophomore Ellie Webster placed fifth (11:48.62) and junior Liz Milewski was eighth (12:01.05).

Junior Jordan Kronshage won the pole vault by clearing 10-11¾ (3.35m) and freshman Amanda Graham was second (10-6, 3.20m).

Sophomore Lauren Allam won the discus with an ECAC-qualifying mark of 151-4 (46.12m). The distance was Allam's best of the season and the seventh best in school history. Sophomore Teronda Brown was second in the discus with a personal record and ECAC mark of 147-11 (45.10m). Brown's mark is the ninth best mark in school history.

Sophomore Maressa Guynn was fourth in the discus at 135-10 (41.41m).

Sophomore Alix Membreno won the javelin in her first track and field competition of the year with an ECAC mark of 139-7 (42.54m). Guynn placed third in the javelin with a 116-6 (35.52m) and sophomore Katherine Poulin was sixth (105-0, 32.00m).

Senior Amanda Phelps placed fourth overall in the hammer throw with an ECAC mark of 172-2 (52.49m). Brown was sixth (150-6, 45.88m) and Guynn was ninth (134-4, 40.92m).

Brown took fourth in the shot put with an ECAC-qualifying mark of 45-1½ (13.75m), her personal record and the fifth best mark in school history. Phelps placed eighth in the shot put (41-8¾, 12.72m) and Allam was ninth (41-7¾, 12.69m).

Senior Katie Taylor placed fifth in the 3,000m run at 10:15.09, freshman Emily Jensen was seventh (10:18.68), freshman Christina Blair was eighth (10:22.52) and senior Mollie Hebda was ninth (10:33.89).

Senior Jacqueline Blackburn placed seventh in the 5,000m run at 19:15.99.

Junior Kristin Smith took sixth in the 400m hurdles (1:06.22) and freshman Sarah Bernhardt was seventh (1:06.91). Graham placed fifth in the 100m hurdles at 16.18.

Junior Jessica Ridgway advanced to the finals of the 100m dash, placing seventh with a time of 12.59, after running a 12.55 in the prelims. Senior Colleen McFadden took 10th in the 200m dash with a time of 25.91 and junior Natasha Druggan took eighth in the 400m dash with a time of 58.74.

Junior Kristin Smith took third in the high jump with a clear of 5-5¾ (1.67m) and sophomore Veronica Ffrench and junior Melanie Sluzewicz both cleared 5-3¾ (1.62m).

Sluzewicz also placed fifth in the long jump with a distance of 17-4¼ (5.29m). Freshman Sarah Barnum was seventh (16-7¾, 5.07m) and senior Christine Scales placed eighth (16-6½, 5.04m).

In the triple jump, freshman Sarah Hutchinson took fifth at 33-6 (10.21m) and Barnum placed seventh (33-1¾, 10.10m).

Navy placed fourth in the 4x100m relay (48.16) and was fourth in the 4x400m (3:53.83).

Navy will next take on Army in the annual Outdoor Star Meet next Saturday at 11:00 am in West Point, N.Y. Army holds a 13-12 edge in the all-time outdoor series, but Navy has won three straight and six of the last seven. An N-Star win next week would cap off a perfect 8-0 record against Army in indoor and outdoor track for the Class of 2012.



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