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Women's Track and Field Claims Hopkins Classic Title

April 14, 2017

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BALTIMORE, Md. -- The Navy women's track and field team notched a victory at the Hopkins Classic in Baltimore on Friday. The Mids won the overall meet, including posting a top finish among Division I schools.

Among Division I schools, Navy recorded 222 points as a team. Maryland finished second with 99 points. La Salle was third with 55 points, while Coppin State (33) and George Washington (8) rounded out the top five.

"The discus throwers, as well as our pole vaulters banded together and performed really well," head coach Carla Criste said after the meet. "They amassed a big majority of our points. Freshman Maddi Falve was especially impressive in setting the tone for the pole vaulters. Team captain Stephanie Simon did the same in the discus.

"The coaching staff was incredibly proud of everyone's performance."

Madison Falvey posted a height of 11ft-07.75in (3.55m) in the pole vault to record a first place finish. The freshman was tied by teammates Kaitlyn Stafford and Margaret Rudd, but was awarded the victory on judges' decision. Stafford and Ruud tied for second in the event to give the Mids max points.

In the discus throw, team captain Stephanie Simon earned first place with a season-best throw of 146-08 (44.70m). Morgan Giraud earned second place honors with a distance of 140-04 (42.78m), while Zoe Broadway claimed third with a mark of 133-00 (40.54m). Rachel Duncavage (130-08 / 39.84m) and Jahna Alleyne (127-05 / 38.84m) placed fifth and sixth, respectively.

The Midshipmen continued their success in the field events, placing six in the top 10 of the hammer throw. Ashanti Curry earned a second place finish with a throw of 161-03 (49.16m) just ahead of teammate Giraud who claimed third place with a mark of 149-09 (45.65m). Audrey Brandon (145-04 / 44.31m), Isabella Marini (143-11 / 43.88m), and Jahna Alleyne (137-01 / 41.78m) finished fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively. Jeanette Powell (126-10 / 38.66m) rounded out the top 10 for the Mids with a ninth place finish.

In the shot put, Curry posted another second-place finish with a throw of 43-11.75 (13.40m). Marini's throw of 39-03.25 (11.97m) earned seventh place, while Haley Unger (37-08.50 / 11.49m) earned ninth place.

Unger recorded a distance of 102-02 (31.14m) to place seventh in the javelin.

The jumps saw five top 10 finishes. In the high jump, Julia Speranzo posted a height of 5-01.00 (1.55m) to finish fourth, while Isabel Krause finished just behind in fifth with a height of 4-11.00 (1.50m). Banita Simmons (4-09.00 / 1.45m) finished eighth in the event. Hali McFadgen's distance of 16-07.00 (5.05m) in the long jump earned her eighth place, while Maddy Manhertz used a jump of 35-00.25 (10.67m) to earn 10th place in the triple jump.

In the 3,000m steeplechase, Allison Parks and Brenna McDannold finished 1-2. Parks notched a time of 10:56.97, while McDannold crossed the finish line in 11:07.72. Piper Freed (11:37.37) and Maddy Marrone (11:54.68) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

The hurdles saw McFadgen winning the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.76, ahead of teammate Alyssa Chang (14.98). The 400m hurdles had Brittany Burg earning second place with a time of 1:02.63. Mara Riley finished fourth with a time of 1:08.54, while Jessica Wheeler's time of 1:16.89 was good enough for 10th.

Indoor captain Lily Brose earned second place in the 400m dash with a time of 5814, while teammates Christina Quigley (59.34) and Lauren Heaton (59.47) finished sixth and seventh, respectively. The 100m dash saw Amanda Henson (12.42) earning third place honors, while Regine Tugade (12.53) took fourth. Quigley (26.11) and Pia Mackie (26.59) finished eighth and ninth in the 200m dash.

Navy placed nine runners in the top 10 of the middle distance and distance events. Kara Kakascik earned third place in the 800m run with a time of 2:13.97, while Ali Valenti posted a time of 2:16.23 to finish fifth. Catlen Goss (2:17.89) and Julia Fries (2:17.92) earned eighth and ninth in the 800m. In the 1,500m run, Kaitlyn Jan clocked a time of 4:40.83 to win fifth place and Erin Seiffert earned 10th place with a time of 4:43.91. The 5,000m run saw Claire Ostrowski (18:04.80), Gabrielle Perrin (18:29.33), and Caitlin Schmitt (18:42.99) earned fourth, sixth, and 10th, respectively.

In the relays, the Navy's "A" team of Brose, Quigley, Lauren Heaton, and Aaliyah Gordon finished in second place in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:55.79. The "B" team of Kakascik, Goss, Phoebe Kirk, and Valenti claimed third place in the race with a time of 4:02.97. In the 4x100m relay, Amanda Henson, Quigley, Heaton, and Gordon clocked a collective time of 49.69 to earn fifth place.

The women's track and field team return to action next weekend as the Midshipmen head to Charlottesville, Va. for the Virginia Challenge on Friday and Saturday. In addition, the Mids will send a squad to Newark, Del. for the Delaware Classic on Saturday.



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