Feb. 6, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy's women's indoor track and field program (13-0) will host the Navy Multi-Madness Meet on Thursday at the Wesley Brown Field House at 4:00 PM. Thursday's meet will be Navy's final home meet of the indoor track and field season.
Navy will be joined by Loyola, James Madison, Johns Hopkins and McDaniel at the team-scored meet. The pentathlon is traditionally a highlight of the Navy Multi-Madness Meet and 11 competitors participated in the multi-events last season.
Senior Melanie Sluzewicz will headline Navy's participation in the pentathlon this year. Sluzewicz earned ECAC All-East honors in the heptathlon during the 2012 outdoor season and was also the Patriot League runner-up in the heptathlon at the outdoor conference meet. Sophomore Sierra Parks and freshman Frankie Gale will also be entered in the pentathlon for Navy.
Navy will be competing on just three-days rest from its last competition. On Sunday, Navy defeated Army, 97-84, in the Indoor Star Meet for the eighth-straight season. Navy won eight events and went 1-2 in the long jump, triple jump, shot put and weight throw.
Freshman Ashley Welker won the 800m run at the Army-Navy meet with a converted time of 2:13.63, which ranks third in the Patriot League and is under the ECAC Championship-qualifying standard. Welker was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week on Monday.
Junior Teronda Brown won the shot put at the Army-Navy meet with a personal-best mark of 46-6¾ (14.19m). Brown's mark is the second-best indoor mark in Navy history and well over the ECAC mark.
In addition to Welker and Brown, senior Brigid Byrne has qualified for the ECACs in the 3,000m (9:56.21) and the 5,000m (17:02.12) and sophomore Annie-Norah Beveridge had qualified in the 5,000m (17:05.73). Also qualified are high jumpers Kristin Smith and Veronica Ffrench with clears of 5-7 (1.70m), junior Maressa Guynn in the weight throw (52-9¼, 16.08m) and Navy's 4x800m relay team (9:15.77).
Navy leads three events on the Patriot League performance list, with Brown leading the shot put, Ffrench and Smith are tied for first place in the high jump and Byrne leads the 5,000m.
The Mids have made their first appearance in the USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Region Top 15 Poll this week, coming in at No. 14. Navy is the only Patriot League women's school in the regional top 15 rankings.
Navy's next competition will be the 2013 Patriot League Indoor Championships from February 15-17 at West Point, N.Y. Navy placed second to Bucknell at last year's indoor championship before winning the 2012 outdoor team title in the spring.
All fans without a Department of Defense sticker on their vehicle must park outside of the U.S. Naval Academy grounds. Fans may park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for $5. Free shuttle buses will run every 10 minutes between Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and the Wesley A. Brown Field House. The shuttle buses will start running at 3:00 pm on Thursday and will continue to 8:00 pm. Shuttle schedule and pick up location are subject to change. Please call 1-800-US4-NAVY for more information.
4:00 60m Hurdles (Pentathlon)
4:00 Weight Throw
4:15 Pole Vault
4:15 60m Dash
4:30 Mile Run
4:30 High Jump (Pentathlon)
4:40 400m Dash
4:50 800m Run
5:05 3,000m Run
5:15 Shot Put (Pentathlon)
5:30 Sprint Medley Relay (200-200-400-800)
6:15 Long Jump (Pentathlon)
7:10 800m (Pentathlon)
* Pentathlon times are approximate