Women's Track Places Second at Patriot League Outdoor Championship
May 4, 2013
BETHLEHAM, Pa. - The Navy women's track and field team won five individual events and placed second as a team with 141 points at the 2013 Patriot League Outdoor Championship at Lehigh's Goodman Campus. The Navy women's track and field team has placed first or second in each of the past 10 Patriot League Indoor and Outdoor Championships.
Bucknell won both the men's and women's team titles this weekend. The Bucknell women tallied 183 points and were followed by Navy (141), Lehigh (119.25), Holy Cross (85.25), Lafayette (76.25), Army (66.25), Colgate (10) and American (1).
"We had some great performances and the girls really came on strong at the end of the meet today," head coach Carla Criste said. "Brigid [Byrne] was great in doubling in the 10K and the 5K and Maressa [Guynn] also did a great job in winning the discus and breaking the meet record. The throwers did amazing this weekend. Now we are looking forward to the ECAC meet where we will have a very strong field event crew."
Junior Maressa Guynn won the discus with a new Navy school record and Patriot League Championship meet record of 170-6 (51.97m). Guynn was named the Patriot League Championship Field-Athlete of the Meet as she also placed fourth in the shot put and was fifth in the hammer on Friday.
Junior Lauren Allam took second in the discus at 162-3 (49.46m) and junior Teronda Brown was fourth with a personal-best mark of 158-9 (48.39m). All three athletes were over the ECAC-qualifying standard.
Guynn is now 12th on the NCAA's East Region performance list in the discus after breaking Allam's 2011 school record of 165-7 (50.49m). Allam also held the previous championship meet record. Allam's mark on Saturday was the fourth-best in school history while Brown's was the fifth-best.
Brown was the runner-up in the shot put with a mark of 44-5¼ (13.54m). Guynn was fourth with a personal-best mark of 42-4¾ (12.92m) and Allam was fifth at 41-3¼ (12.58m).
Byrne also won the 10,000m run on Friday with a time of 35:40.28 and will finish her career with three Patriot League individual titles. Byrne becomes the third athlete in Patriot League history to double in the 5K and the 10K at the outdoor conference meet.
Freshman Crystan McLymore won the triple jump with a personal-best mark of 38-4 (11.68m). Junior Veronica Ffrench took fifth in the triple jump at 37-6 (11.43m) and sophomore Sarah Barnum was sixth at 36-10½ (11.24m).
Senior Kristin Smith was the runner-up in the high jump with a clear of 5-5¼ (1.66m). Army's McKenzie Majchrzak and Smith cleared the same height, but Smith was scored as the runner-up due to previous attempts. In her career, Smith has won two Patriot League high jump titles and has been the runner-up three times.
Senior Jessica Ridgway placed fourth in the 100m dash at 12.43 and was seventh in the 200m dash at 28.03.
Junior Sierra Parks took fifth place in the heptathlon with 4025 points. On Saturday Parks had a long jump of 15-0¾ (4.59m), made a javelin throw of 87-9 (26.74m) and had the top time in the 800m run at 2:26.04.
The Mids took third place in the 4x100m relay at 47.50, which is under the ECAC-qualifying standard. The 4x100m relay team consisted of Ridgway, Ffrench, Smith and senior Stephanie Payne.
Junior Alix Membreno won the javelin and Beveridge was second in the 10,000m run on Friday as Navy had a total of nine all-league first and second team performances.
Navy will next send its qualified athletes to the ECAC Outdoor Championship at Princeton from May 10-12.
All-Patriot League First Team Brigid Byrne 5,000m Brigid Byrne 10,000m Crystan McLymore Triple Jump Maressa Guynn Discus Alix Membreno Javelin
Patriot League Championship Meet Records Maressa Guynn Discus - 170-6 (51.97m)
Patriot League Field-Athlete of the Meet Maressa Guynn
Team Standings 1. Bucknell 183 2. Navy 141 3. Lehigh 119.25 4. Holy Cross 85.25 5. Lafayette 76.25 6. Army 66.25 7. Colgate 10 8. American 1