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Women's Track & Field Gears Up to Host its Winter Invitational on Thursday

Junior Shannon Cuthbert

Jan. 8, 2014

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's track & field team (9-0) will continue the 2013-14 season as it hosts Delaware, James Madison, Maryland-Eastern Shore and Mount St. Mary's in the Navy Winter Invitational on Thursday at the Wesley A. Brown Field House. The meet will begin at 4:15 p.m. with pole vault in the field events and the 5000-meter run in the track events.

The women's track and field team has not competed since earning nine dual wins at the double dual scored Navy Lid Lifter on December 4. Navy won the 60m hurdles, 1000m run, 3000m run, 4x800m relay and the weight throw.

The Mids opened the meet out strong in the distance races with wins in the 1000m and 3000m.

Junior Shannon Cuthbert got Navy on to the right foot with its first event victory of the night in the 1000m run. Cuthbert cross the tape first with a time of 3:01.95. Teammate Ashley Welker, in the same heat, finished third with a time of 3:06.94.

Then in the 3000m, Mary Cate Scully paced all runners with a finishing time of 1:22.16, which was five seconds faster than the next finisher. Christina Blair was the Mids next finisher in fourth with a time of 10:37.82.

Freshman Hali McFadgen won her first career event in the 60m hurdles with a meet-best time of 9.08.

Navy's 4x800m relay team of Cuthbert, Welker, Anastasia White and Zatha Loewen led the five-team field with a first-place time of 9:40.29.

In the weight throw, Maressa Guynn tossed a meet-best 15.72m to grab first in her event.



Navy took first place at this meet last January, besting all four returning schools that will be back for this year's meet: Delaware, Maryland-Eastern Shore, James Madison and Mount St. Mary's.

Following the Winter Invitational, Navy will compete at the Maryland Invitational next Saturday.

Navy Invitational Schedule
Field Events
4:15 p.m.                   Pole Vault, High Jump
                              Weight Throw (two rings), Shot Put follows
                                  Long Jump (2 pits), Triple Jump follows                 

Running Events
4:15 p.m.                  5000m Run
5:00 p.m.                  60m Hurdles
5:15 p.m.                  60m Dash
5:25 p.m.                  Mile Run
5:40 p.m.                  500m Run
5:55 p.m.                  1000m Run
6:05 p.m.                  200m Dash
6:20 p.m.                  3000m Run
6:35 p.m.                  Mile Relay
6:50 p.m.                  Distance Medley Relay

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