Jan. 7, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army track and field hosted the Crowell Open at Gillis Field House this weekend, opening the 2012 season in successful fashion. Seniors Chris Jones and Tom Wagner led the Black Knights, each winning a pair of event titles. No team scores were kept at the annual indoor meet which featured over 700 entrants from over 25 schools and clubs.
Jones, competing in the 500-meter dash for the first time in his career, won the event with a time of 1:04.62. He led Army’s one-two punch in the event as sophomore Chris Smith captured second place when he crossed the line at 1:05.95, establishing a career-best time. Jones' 500m time ranks first in the Patriot League this season.
Jones then followed with a victory in the 1,000-meter run, finishing in 2:32.41, besting the runner-up by nearly two seconds.
Wagner, a four-time Patriot League champion, collected a pair of jumping titles Saturday, winning the high jump and triple jump. The Clinton, N.Y., native won the high jump with a height of 2.04 meters, while capturing the triple jump with a distance of 14.20 meters. Classmate Fred Beebe placed second behind Wagner in the triple jump, recording a 14.03m to open the season.
Senior Grady Davis also recorded a career-best mark on the day with his winning distance in the weight throw. Davis took first with a distance of 16.11m and was followed in second place by junior Nick Snoad who launched a career-high 16.09m.
On the women’s side, Army had strong showings in the 1,000-meter run as well as the 3,000m. Senior Shalela Dowdy took first in the 1,000m, finishing in 3:10.04. Dowdy was followed in second place by newcomer Jennifer Comfort. Comfort crossed the line in 3:11.10 in her first collegiate race.
In the 3,000m, freshman Lisa Junta won the event with a mark of 10:13.32. Junta was followed by Army cross country teammates Chelsea Prahl and Marcie Nordt. Prahl placed second with a time of 10:22.21, while Nordt finished in third by crossing the line in 10:29.27.
Senior captain Christie Johnson also opened 2012 in convincing fashion, winning the high jump with a mark of 1.65m, while also capturing second place in the pentathlon with 3037 points. The high jump height ranks first in the Patriot League this season.
Army returns to competition next weekend when Lehigh, Monmouth, Columbia, Williams and Rider visit West Point’s Gillis Field House. The Black Knights will be pitted against the five schools in their first team-scoring meet of the season. Events are slated to being at 1 p.m.