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Navy Women's Track Breaks DMR School Record at the Penn Relays

Jess Palacio ran the anchor of the school-record setting DMR squad

April 26, 2012

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Navy women's track and field team (16-0) set a school record in the distance medley relay and four different athletes posted ECAC-qualifying efforts in the throwing events at the 118th Penn Relays at Franklin Field. There is no team scoring at the Penn Relays.

"It was a great day both on the track and in the field events," head coach Carla Criste said. "We were very happy with the team's performance and it was great to compete against teams throughout the country. We were able to get into some very high competition in a packed house. The competition definitely motivated everyone to perform at their peak."

Navy placed eighth in the Championship of America Distance Medley Relay with a new school record of 11:46.46. The Mids broke the previous school record of 11:48.47, which was set in 2003.

The distance medley relay order and splits consisted of freshman Annie-Norah Beveridge (1200m - 3:43.4), senior Mansfield Murph, (400m - 58.1), freshman Shannon Cuthbert (800m - 2:17.2) and senior Jess Palacio (1600m - 4:47.7).

"It was the first time we have ever competed in the Championship of America race with the DMR and the girls did a great job to break the school record," distance coach Karen Boyle said. "It was a great experience and the girls were proud to be in the company of the elite competition in their race."



Villanova won the DMR at 11:01.03, followed by Tennessee, Penn State, Boston College, Princeton, Indiana, Georgetown and then Navy. Navy finished ahead of Lehigh, Ohio State and Central Connecticut.

Palacio now has five individual school records and two more relay school records.

Navy's 4x400m relay team of freshman Sarah Bernhardt, senior Colleen McFadden, Murph and junior Natasha Druggan clocked a 3:52.95 to place fifth in their heat and 51st overall.

Navy's throwers had an excellent day at the Penn Relays, hitting five ECAC marks overall with at least one in four throwing events.

Sophomore Lauren Allam placed second in the college division of the discus with a throw of 164-9 (50.22m, ECAC). The mark was Allam's best of the season and the second-best mark in school history behind her own school record of 165-7 (50.49m). As of Thursday night, Allam's mark is the 22nd best in the NCAA's East Region.

Sophomore Teronda Brown placed 14th in the discus with a mark of 140-5 (42.81m, ECAC).

Senior Amanda Phelps took eighth place in the college division of the hammer throw with a mark of 172-8 (52.65m, ECAC). Phelps surpassed the ECAC standard in the hammer throw for the fourth time this season.

Brown placed eighth in the Eastern division of the shot put with an outdoor personal record mark of 46-0¾ (14.04m, ECAC). The mark is Navy's best shot put mark this spring and the third-best outdoor mark in school history. It is also just 1¼ inches away from Brown's all-time PR.

Phelps placed 15th in the college division of the shot put with a 41-9¼ (12.73m) and Allam placed 21st (39-5¾, 12.03m).

Sophomore Alix Membreno took fifth in the college division of the javelin with an ECAC-qualifying effort of 139-3 (42.46m). Membreno surpassed the ECAC standard for the fourth time this spring and it was her third-best mark of the season.

Junior Kristin Smith cleared 5-6 (1.68m), the highest mark of the Eastern High Jump field, but placed 12th due to previous attempts. Junior Melanie Sluzewicz (20th) and sophomore Veronica Ffrench (24th) each cleared 5-3 (1.60m).

The 4x100m relay team of McFadden, Ffrench, Smith and junior Jessica Ridgway posted a 49.03 to place 56th in the college division. The same group set a school record in the event with a 47.06 last week.

On Saturday, Navy placed 12th in the Championship of America 4x800m relay with an ECAC-qualifying time of 9:06.80. The 4x800m team consisted of Cuthbert, Beveridge, Murph and Palacio. Palacio turned in a 2:09 split on her leg, the fifth-fastest anchor leg in the field. Oregon, Tennessee and Georgetown went 1-2-3 in the event.

The Mids will next compete at the Patriot League Outdoor Championship at Holy Cross next Friday-Saturday.

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