Jan. 5, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army track and field rang in the New Year by hosting the Crowell Open at Gillis Field House Friday and Saturday, featuring nearly 20 schools and hundreds of entrants. The Black Knights came away winning six events, while four cadet-athletes recorded postseason-qualifying marks.
Sophomore standout Lisa Junta, who became Army’s first ECAC Track Champion last outdoor season, continued her long-distance success in the indoor season’s first meet. Junta won the 3,000-meter run in a field of 17 with a time of 9:50.04, the third-fastest time in Academy history. The time bested ECAC qualifying standards and edged the runner-up finisher, former Army runner Chelsea Prahl, by 22 seconds.
Cross country team captain Mary Prakel finished third in the 3K, crossing the line in 10:22.15.
Senior McKenzie Majchrzak qualified for the ECACs for the fifth time in her career. Majchrzak eclipsed the bar in the high jump at 1.70 meters to place second of 13 in the event.
Sophomore Katrina Donarski also moved up Army’s all-time top-10 list with her first-place time in the 500-meter dash. Donarski, who entered the day ranked 10th on Academy’s list, moved up to fifth with a time of 1:17.02.
Junior Allie Sutherland and sophomore Jennifer Comfort rounded out the women’s individual event winners. Sutherland won the 800 meters in a field of 19 with a time of 2:20.60, while Comfort captured the 1,000 meters, besting a field of 11 by crossing the line in 3:02.71.
The women’s 4x400-meter relay team, composed of Donarski, captains Ashley Gordon and Kaitlyn Love, and sophomore Samatha Reid, also took gold, besting out 14 teams with a time of 4:05.86.
On the men’s side, 2012 NCAA Regional qualifier Nick Snoad punched his postseason ticket in the weight throw in her first attempt of the year. Snoad placed third of 22 with an IC4A-qualifying heave of 17.20 meters.
The Army men dominated the 3,000-meter run, as the Black Knights took seven of the top-eight finishes led by senior Mark Castelli’s winning time of 8:39.02.
Junior Christopher Smith clinched a postseason berth in the 500-meter dash by finsihing second of 30 with a time of 1:05.72, while senior Brian Cobbs narrowly missed the 60-meter standard with a seventh-place time of 7.08 - just one-tenth of a second shy of postseason standards.
Army will remain home for its next meet as the Black Knights will host a six-way meet next Saturday. Events are slated to begin at 9 a.m., at Gillis Field House.