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Women's Track Voted Second in Preseason Poll; Team to Hold Home Meet Saturday

Outdoor team captain Amanda Phelps

March 22, 2012

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's track and field program will open its 2012 outdoor season by hosting the Navy Invitational at Ingram Field on Saturday. The women's meet on Saturday will follow the men's home meet and the first women's running event of the day will be the 3,000m steeplechase at 2:00 pm. The hammer throw will be held at Hospital Point at 11:30 am and the rest of the field events will be contested at Ingram Field.

Other schools that are scheduled to join Navy on the track include American, Loyola, Rowan, Maryland, Howard, Towson, Delaware and Colgate. There will be team scoring.

The Patriot League released its outdoor preseason poll on Thursday. Navy received six first-place votes and 89 points to place second in the poll behind first-place Bucknell (94). Lehigh was voted third and Army and Holy Cross tied for fourth. Colgate, Lafayette and American rounded out the final three spots of the women's poll. Bucknell won the 2011 outdoor team title and Navy was second. The league's head coaches and sports information contacts vote on the preseason poll.

2012 Patriot League Women's Outdoor Track & Field Preseason Poll
1. Bucknell	94 (10 first-place votes)
2. Navy		89 (6)
3. Lehigh	73
T4. Army	48
T4. Holy Cross	48
6. Colgate	42
7. Lafayette	40
8. American	14

The highlight of Navy's recently completed indoor season was senior Jess Palacio qualifying and competing in the mile run at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championship. The Mids also defeated Army for the seventh straight time at the indoor Star Meet and placed second as a team at the Patriot League Indoor championship.

Palacio became the first Division I Indoor Track All-American and will now look to join Kim McGreevey as the only Division I Outdoor All-Americans in school history with qualification and a strong performance at June's outdoor national championship. McGreevey earned All-America honors by placing 13th in the 3,000m run at the 1995 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Knoxville.

Palacio placed 13th in the 800m run at last year's NCAA East Regional, just missing the NCAA Outdoor Championship by one place. Palacio has the opportunity to compete in a third NCAA Championship this year, as she also competed in the cross country national meet, in addition to the indoor track and field championship.

Palacio is already the Navy school record holder in the outdoor 800m run (2:05.42) and the 1,500m run (4:22.58) and won both events at last year's Patriot League championship en route to earning track-athlete of the meet honors.

Navy will be very strong in the throwing events during the outdoor season, as the team returns three throwers who were NCAA Regional qualifiers in 2011.

Senior Amanda Phelps will serve as the outdoor team captain and was named the 2011 Patriot League Outdoor Championship Field-Athlete of the Meet after winning the hammer throw and shot put. Phelps went on to earn ECAC All-East honors in the hammer and placed 29th in the event at the NCAA's East Regional.

Sophomore Lauren Allam had an outstanding freshman outdoor season, earning Patriot League Rookie of the Meet honors after setting a new league championship record distance in winning the discus. Allam earned All-East honors in the discus and placed 37th at the NCAA Regional.

Also back is sophomore Alix Membreno, who recently helped Navy to a second consecutive NCAA appearance in women's basketball. Membreno placed second in the javelin at the Patriot League outdoor meet last season, earned All-East honors at the ECAC Championship and placed 37th at the NCAA Regional.

Saturday's invite will be the final home meet for Navy's Class of 2012: Ashley Aitken, Amanda Bonilla, Lauren Carpenter, Arian Davis, Mollie Hebda, Colleen McFadden, Marina McGrail, Rachel Minker, Mansfield Murph, Jess Palacio, Amanda Phelps, Christine Scales, Ella Starr and Katie Taylor. The Class of 2012 has never lost to Army in a Star Meet and won two Patriot League Indoor team championships.

Navy will return to the track at College Park next weekend to compete in Maryland's Terrapin Invitational and will head to West Point, N.Y. for the annual outdoor Star Meet against Army on April 7.

Holy Cross will host the 2012 Patriot League Outdoor Championship (May 4-5), the ECAC Outdoor Championship will be in Princeton, N.J. (May 11-13) and the NCAA postseason will begin with the East Regional in Jacksonville, Fla. (May 24-26).

Shuttles/Parking Information
Only cars with Department of Defense stickers are permitted to drive onto the Yard, but there will be a shuttle service. The track and field shuttle will leave from the west side of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, beginning at 9:30 am. The shuttle is free, but parking costs $5 at the stadium. The shuttle will drop fans off at Ingram Field and will make trips between the track and NMCMS until 6:00 pm. Fans can also walk onto the Yard.

Meet Schedule
Field Events
11:30 am Hammer Throw (Hospital Point) 1:30 pm Shot Put High Jump Pole Vault Long Jump, follows men's Triple Jump 2:15 pm Javelin Triple Jump Discus (follows shot put, approx. 3 pm)
Running Events 2:00 pm 3,000m Steeplechase 2:20 pm 4x100m Relay 2:30 pm 1500m Run 2:40 pm 100m Hurdles 2:50 pm 400m Dash 3:00 pm 100m Dash 3:10 pm 800m Run 3:20 pm 400m Hurdles 3:30 pm 200m Dash 3:40 pm 5,000m Run 3:40 pm 10,000m Run (w/ 5k) 4:05 pm 4x400m Relay



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