Women's Track and Field Set for ECAC Championships
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy women's track and field team will compete this weekend at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships this Friday through Sunday, May 12-14 at Weaver Stadium in Princeton, N.J.
Eight different student-athletes -- Brittany Burg, Ashanti Curry, Morgan Giraud, Charlene Kearns, Claire Ostrowski, Maggie Ruud, Stephanie Simon, and Kaitlyn Stafford -- qualified for the ECACs and will compete in five different events.
Kearns, who earned First Team All-Patriot League honors, joins Ruud and Stafford in the pole vault competition. At the Patriot League Championships, Kearns won the pole vault with a height of 3.70-meters (12ft-01.50in). She was tied by Ruud who claimed second place in the event to earn All-Conference accolades. Stafford qualified for ECACs at the Hopkins Classic, registering a height of 3.55m (11-07.75). The trio has combined to record eight of the Mids' top 10 heights in the pole vault this season.
Burg will compete for the Midshipmen in the 400-meter hurdles. She was the top finisher for Navy at the Patriot League Championships in the event as the junior clocked a season-best time of 1:01.35 to take second place and earn All-Patriot League honors. Burg has clocked the top six finishes in the 400m hurdles for Navy this season.
Ostrowski qualified for ECACs in the 5,000m run. She clocked a time of 16:57.24 at the PL Championships to come in third place. It was a personal best for the plebe by 50 seconds and was the third fastest time in Navy history in the event.
Navy will have three student-athletes competing in the throwing events. Giraud and senior captain Simon will participate in the discus, while Curry will take part in the shot put. Giraud and Simon have combined for nine of Navy's top 10 throws this season in the discus with Giraud's top throw of 44.80m (147-00) coming at the Army-Navy Star Meet and Simons best throw of 44.70m (146-08) taking place at the Hopkins Classic. Curry holds the team's top 5 distances this year in the shot put with a season-best throw of 13.79m (45-03) against Army in the annual Star Meet.