May 10, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
One week after winning the Patriot League Outdoor Championship, the Navy women's track and field team will send its qualified athletes to Princeton to compete in eight events at the ECAC Outdoor Championship at Weaver Stadium. The competition begins Friday at 12 noon with the heptathlon and will conclude on Sunday.
Senior Jess Palacio will compete in the 800m run at the ECAC Championship, where she placed third in the event last season to earn All-East honors.
Palacio set the Patriot League Championship meet record in the 800m with a first-place time of 2:08.69 at last week's meet. She also won the 1,500m run and placed second in the 4x800m relay to earn Patriot League Track-Athlete of the Meet honors for the fourth time in her career.
Palacio is ranked 32nd in the East Region in the 1,500m run with her school-record time of 4:20.87. That time should easily keep her in the top 48 of the regional rankings and earn her a third straight trip to the NCAA East Regional later this month.
Navy will have three athletes competing in the discus event, with sophomore Lauren Allam leading the way. Allam is ranked 23rd in the East Region with a season-best mark of 164-9 (50.22m) and is in a very strong position to earn an invitation to the NCAA's East Regional Championship. Allam earned All-East honors in the discus last season with a fifth-place finish.
Sophomores Teronda Brown and Maressa Guynn will also compete in the discus. All three scored in the event at the Patriot League Championship, with Allam placing second, Guynn third (150-8, 45.93m) and Brown sixth.
Sophomore Alix Membreno will look for a second straight All-East showing in the javelin throw this weekend. Membreno placed fifth at the ECAC meet last season and is coming off a runner-up finish in the event at the Patriot League Championship.
The Mids will have two athletes in the high jump this weekend. Junior Kristin Smith
matched the school's high jump record this season with a clear of 5-8¾ (1.75m) to win the event at the Army-Navy Star Meet and sophomore Veronica Ffrench
cleared 5-7 (1.70m) to win the Patriot League high jump title.
Smith earned ECAC All-East honors at the 2012 indoor meet by placing sixth. Smith is currently ranked 39th in the NCAA's East Region.
Junior Melanie Sluzewicz is seeded seventh in the heptathlon after placing second in the event at the Patriot League Championship with a score of 4556. Sluzewicz's score was the sixth-best total in school history.
Senior Ashley Aitken qualified for the 100m hurdles on the strength of her 14.27 at the Army-Navy Star Meet.
Navy's school-record setting 4x100m and 4x800m relay teams will also be in competition this weekend. The 4x100m relay team of Colleen McFadden, Ffrench, Smith and Jessica Ridgway broke the school record with a time of 47.06 at the Princeton Larry Ellis Invite.
The 4x800m relay team of Annie-Norah Beveridge, Shannon Cuthbert, Mansfield Murph and Palacio broke the school record with an 8:45.45 at the Patriot League Championship last weekend, placing second.
Following the ECAC Championship, Navy will send its qualified athletes to the NCAA's East Regional in Jacksonville, Fla. May 24-26.