Mids Top Eight-Team Field at Navy Lid Lifter
Dec. 6, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's track and field team (7-0) picked up seven wins at the double-dual scored Navy Lid Lifter on Thursday at the Wesley A. Brown Field House. Navy earned wins over American (116-28), Bowie State (103-41), Delaware State (107-36), Georgetown (92-51), Morgan State (81.5-73.5), Mount St. Mary's (103-53) and Towson (98-70).
Navy won the 5,000m run, high jump and pole vault and posted three ECAC-qualifying performances in the season-opening meet.
"We are pretty happy with the team's performance," head coach Carla Criste said. "I was very excited with the high jumpers with both Veronica (Ffrench) and Kristin (Smith) getting the ECAC mark. Annie-Norah (Beveridge) came off cross country so strong and she had a great time in the 5K without anyone really pacing her."
Junior Veronica Ffrench and senior Kristin Smith both cleared 5-7 (1.70m) in the high jump, with Ffrench taking first place and Smith second based on previous attempts. Both Smith and Ffrench surpassed the ECAC Indoor Championship qualifying standard in their first meet of the year.
Sophomore Annie-Norah Beveridge, whose last competition was the 2012 NCAA Cross Country Championship, won the 5,000m run with a personal record and ECAC-qualifying time of 17:05.73. Beveridge won the race by 55 seconds and nearly established a new facility record.
Navy had three pole vaulters clear 10-10 (3.30m) on Thursday. Senior Jordan Kronshage, sophomore Amanda Graham and freshman Marissa Stewart all cleared the same height with Kronshage and Graham tying for first and Stewart placing fourth due to previous attempts. Freshman Elizabeth Rodes was fifth in the pole vault (10-4, 3.15m) followed by Lindsey Adams (9-10, 3.00m) and Eli Rubin (9-10, 3.00m), as Navy took six of the top seven spots in the event.
"We are very excited about the pole vaulters with the addition of Rory," Criste said of first-year volunteer assistant coach Rory Quiller. "He's a former national champion and he's doing a great job. That group is going to be very strong this year."
Navy had a strong debut in the throws, taking second in the weight throw and third and fourth in the shot put.
Junior Maressa Guynn was second in the weight throw at 50-9 (15.47m) and junior Teronda Brown placed fifth at 46-0 (14.03m). Brown doubled up to take third in the shot put at 43-8 (13.32m) and junior Lauren Allam placed fourth at 41-1 (12.52m).
"Maressa really stepped up in the weight throw and Teronda looked great in the shot put today," said Criste.
Freshman Crystan McLymore placed fourth in the triple jump at 36-5½ (11.11m) in her college debut.
Sophomore Madeline Zell placed fourth in the 800m at 2:20.51 and was followed by freshman Dale Lescher (5th, 2:21.55), freshman Ashley Welker (6th, 2:21.90) and sophomore Shannon Cuthbert (7th, 2:22.83). Sophomore Maria Arnone placed seventh in the mile run (5:11.96) and sophomore Christina Blair was second in the 3,000m run at 10:25.86.
Blair, Arnone, Cuthbert and Beveridge teamed up to take second place in the 4x800m relay at 9:51.69.
Morgan State's Ekundayo Sogbesan broke her own Wesley Brown facility record in the 400m dash with a time of 55.92.
The Mids will next host the Navy Invitational on January 12.