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Navy Women's Track Beats Army for N-Star, 107-96

April 6, 2013

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's track and field team defeated Army, 107-96, on Saturday at Ingram Field in the Outdoor Star Meet. Navy (1-0) won 11 events to claim its fifth-straight Outdoor Star Meet over Army and take its first lead in the outdoor series at 14-13.

Navy's Class of 2013 becomes the third in program history to graduate with an 8-0 record in dual meets against Army and the Mids sweep the season series for the fifth-straight year.

"The team gave everything they had today and I couldn't be prouder of how they performed," said head coach Carla Criste, who is 16-1 against Army in her last 17 Star Meets. "This meet is always so full of surprises with people stepping up and having great performances. I thought the 1,500 and the 800 set a trend of people stepping up and that kind of caught on and then culminated with Brigid's performance in the 5,000."

In the second to last running event of the day, senior Brigid Byrne won the 5,000m run with an outdoor personal best and ECAC-qualifying time of 16:54.22. The time is a new Army-Navy Star Meet record and the second-best outdoor 5K time in Navy history. Sophomore Annie-Norah Beveridge placed second in the 5K at 17:23.10.

Navy's distance runners also had a strong performance in the 1,500m run. Navy had a trio of freshmen cross 1-2-3 as Meghan Harvey was first (4:47.99), Amanda Mulkey was second (4:48.08) and Kelley Robinson was the third to cross (4:48.78), with Harvey and Mulkey securing important points in the event.

Senior Jessica Ridgway was a double winner in her final Star Meet, taking first place in the 100m dash at 12.15 and the 200m dash at 25.08. Both times were season-best performances.

Sophomore Madeline Zell won the 800m run at 2:14.59 and freshman Ashley Welker was third at 2:17.25.

Senior Kristin Smith won the high jump with a clear of 5-5¼ (1.66m) and junior Veronica Ffrench was third (5-3¼, 1.61m).

Freshman Crystan McLymore won the triple jump with a mark of 37-3¾ (11.37m) and sophomore Sarah Barnum was third at 35-7¼ (10.85m). Barnum also took second in the long jump at 17-8 (5.38m) and sophomore Sam Irsik was third (16-7¼, 5.06m).

Junior Lauren Allam won the discus with a season-best and ECAC-qualifying mark of 155-2 (47.31m). Allam also took second in the shot put at 42-3¼ (12.89m), was fourth in the hammer (132-2, 40.28m) and fifth in the javelin (96-2, 29.31m) as she competed in all four throwing events on Saturday.

Junior Maressa Guynn won the hammer throw with a season-best mark of 160-4 (48.87m). Guynn also took third in the discus with a season-best and ECAC-qualifying mark of 152-11 (46.62m). Allam's mark in the discus was the sixth-best mark in school history and Guynn's discus mark was the 10th-best.

Junior Alix Membreno won the javelin with an ECAC-qualifying mark of 141-4 (43.07m). It was Membreno's first competition of the season after helping the Navy women's basketball team advance to a third-straight NCAA Tournament.

Senior Arabia Littlejohn was second in the 400m dash at 58.37 and senior Natasha Druggan was third (58.63).

Junior Samantha Newhaller made her debut in the 100m hurdles by placing second at 16.10 and sophomore Amanda Graham was third (16.27). Senior Stephanie Payne was second in the 400m hurdles (1:05.17) and sophomore Kristen Liggett was third (1:06.42).

Sophomore Christina Blair was second in the 3,000m steeplechase with a season-best time of 11:00.32.

The 4x100m relay team of Ridgway, Ffrench, Smith and Littlejohn took first place with an ECAC-qualifying time of 47.77.

Navy will compete at the George Mason Invitational next Saturday.



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