Jan. 26, 2013
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Army track and field competed in one final tune-up meet before the annual Star Meet with Navy as the Black Knights traveled to The Armory on Friday for the NYRR College Night. In the team-scoring meet, the Army women placed sixth of 12 teams with 29 points, while the men captured second place in a field of nine with 139 points. The Black Knights won four events on the night while one competitor added his name to the IC4A Championship-qualifying list.
Princeton captured the women’s team title with 188.5 points, while Penn took first on the men’s side with 164 points.
The men’s 60-meter hurdles unit was one of the night’s highlights as seniors Kyler Martin and Thomas Ryan provided a one-two punch in the event. Martin set the tone in the preliminaries by placing first with the fifth-fastest time in Academy history before matching that mark to win in the finals, crossing the line in 8.11 seconds. Ryan followed in second place in 8.31 to total 18 points.
Senior Kaitlyn Love shined on the women’s side in the event, placing fifth for four points in 9.14 seconds. Love also led the women’s 500-meter dash group which combined for 11 points. Love placed fourth with a time of 1:18.82 and was followed by Elizabeth Moton in fifth (1:20.16) and Jessica Niemiec in seventh (1:22.30).
Seniors Mark Castelli and Nick Snoad captured a pair of first-place finishes as well. Castelli qualified for the IC4A Championships in the 1,000-meter run by besting a field of eight with a time of 2:27.30. In the weight throw, Snoad recorded the best distance by a Black Knight this season with a heave of 17.41 meters.
Junior Ricardo Galindo also recorded an Army season best, placing third of 18 in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:30.33.
Both pole vaulting contingents added points to the scoreboard as the men took three of the top-four marks and the women totaled seven points with three top-eight heights. Mark Van Benschoten captured first place in the men’s competition with a height of 4.55 meters, followed by Christian Mapes in second (4.40m) and Justin Harris in third (4.40m).
Freshman Megan Gemar led the women’s pole vaulters yet again, placing fifth with a height of 3.35m. Laurel Neposchlan followed Gemar in seventh (3.15m), while Ashley Zeitvogel rounded out the point-winners in eighth place (2.95m).
The women’s high jump and men’s long jump also had a solid night at The Armory. Senior McKenzie Majchrzak tied for fifth place with teammate Morgan Rennekamp in the high jump with a height of 1.62m to total seven points, while the men’s long jumpers combined for 17 points. Eliot Knotts was runner-up in the event with a leap of 6.41m, followed by Chris Kittle in fourth (6.34m) and Nathan Weir in fifth (6.25m).
The highlight of Army’s indoor season thus far is on the schedule next, as the Black Knights will host Navy next Sunday, Feb. 3, at Gillis Field House for the annual indoor Star Meet. The women’s meet will begin the day at noon and will be followed by the men’s competition at 3:30 p.m.