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Women's Track Prepares for Army-Navy Star Meet on Saturday

Senior Jess Palacio

April 5, 2012

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's outdoor track and field team (15-0) will be seeking a fourth straight N-Star at the Army-Navy Outdoor Star Meet in West Point this Saturday. The Army-Navy dual will begin at 11:00 AM at Shea Stadium. Each team can enter three athletes in each event with the top two finishers per team scoring (5-3-2-1).

The Navy women's track program has won seven straight N-Stars in indoor and outdoor track and a victory Saturday would make the Class of 2012 a perfect 8-0 in track Star competitions against Army. Only the Class of 2002 has gone a perfect 8-0 against their rivals in track and field.

Army currently leads the outdoor series, 13-12, but the Mids have won three in a row and six of the last seven. When including the indoor series, the all-time ledger is even at 25-25-1. Since 2005-06, Navy is 12-1 against the Black Knights and head coach Carla Criste is 24-14-1 against Army all-time.

Navy has already secured the all-sport Star Series against Army for the 2011-12 year, winning 14 of 18 Star competitions to date.

At the 2011 Star Meet in Annapolis, the Navy women established its largest ever margin of victory with a 129-73 win over Army. Navy won 16 of the 19 events to crush its rivals by 56 points and the Mids went 1-2 in nine events.

Returning track event winners from last year's Star Meet for Navy are senior Jess Palacio (800m, 1,500m and 4x400m), junior Jessica Ridgway (100m, 200m, 4x100m), junior Arabia Littlejohn (400m, 4x100m) and senior Katie Taylor (5,000m).

Returning throwers that were victorious in 2011 include senior outdoor captain Amanda Phelps (hammer throw), sophomore Alix Membreno (javelin) and sophomore Lauren Allam (discus).



Junior Kristin Smith won the high jump and was on the 4x100m squad last year and junior Jordan Kronshage and senior Christine Scales tied for first place in the pole vault.

The Mids are heading into the weekend on a high point, coming off a first-place showing at the Maryland Invitational. Also, three athletes earned weekly honors from the Patriot League. Palacio was named the track-athlete of the week, sophomore Teronda Brown was tabbed as the field-athlete of the week and freshman Shannon Cuthbert was named the rookie of the week.

Palacio ran a 4:27.24 in the 1,500m, Brown set new PRs in the discus (147-11) and the shot put (45-1½) and Cuthbert clocked a 2:14.58 in the 800m.

Navy is currently ranked No. 1 on the Patriot League performance lists in eight events.

The Navy women are currently ranked No. 5 in the USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Region Poll and Army is slotted at No. 12 in the USTFCCCA Northeast Region Poll.

Navy will next compete at the McDaniel Twilight Meet on Tuesday, April 17.

Army-Navy Outdoor Women's Track & Field Star Meet Series
Overall                		 	Army leads, 13-12
In Annapolis        		 	Navy leads, 7-5
In West Point        			Army leads, 8-4
At Neutral Site      			Navy leads, 1-0 (at Biloxi, Miss. `99)
Last Five Years     			Navy leads, 4-1
Last 10 Years        			Navy leads, 7-3
Longest Navy Win Streak   		4, 1999-02
Longest Army Win Streak     		8, 1987-94
Coach Criste outdoor record vs. Army	12-7

Meet Schedule
Field Events
11:00 am 	Hammer Throw
11:00 am	Long Jump, Triple Jump follows
11:00 am	Pole Vault
11:30 am	Shot Put, Discus follows
11:30 am	High Jump
11:30 am	Javelin

Running Events
12:00 pm 	3,000m Steeplechase
12:15 pm 	4x100m Relay
12:25 pm 	1,500m Run
12:35 pm 	110m Hurdles
12:45 pm 	400m Dash
12:55 pm 	100m Dash
1:05 pm 	800m Run
1:15 pm 	400m Hurdles
1:25 pm 	200m Dash
1:35 pm 	5,000m Run
1:55 pm 	4x400m Relay
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