Feb. 1, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, MD. - Despite winning five events and posting three ECAC qualifying marks, the Army women's track and field team lost to rival Navy, 104-77, Saturday afternoon at Wesley Brown Field House. While the Black Knights recorded four Academy top-10 performances on the day, the Midshipmen captured their ninth-straight Star Meet.
"On the women's side, we simply ran out of bodies," said Army head coach Troy Engle. "At the end of the day we were awfully close, especially on the track, but we just ran out of power. It doesn't take away from the individual performances, we had a lot of people step up when we needed them to and others just ran out of fire power."
Sophomore Haley Winters opened the meet with two first-place performances in the 60-meter dash and 200-meter dash. Winters bested a field of six in both events, posting an Academy top-10 time of 7.81 in the 60-meter dash after crossing the line with a 26.18 in the 200-meter. Sophomore Avrie Welton took second in the 60-meter hurdles in 9.32.
Freshman Madaline Kenyon and junior Samantha Reid went 1-2 in the 400-meter dash. Kenyon led the pack clocking in at 59.37, while Reid followed .13 seconds behind with a time of 59.50. Also joining the winners' circle was junior Jennifer Comfort who bested all runners in the 1,000-meter ruun when she crossed the finish line in 3:03.04.
Army impressed in the field with ECAC qualifying performances in the pole vault and weight throw. Sophomores Ashley Zeitvogel led the pack in the pole vault with an Academy top-10 height of 3.75-meters, followed by classmate Megan Gemar, who cleared 3.60-meters. In the weight throw, sophomore Amy Slaughter threw for an Academy top-10 distance of 16.10 meters.
Freshman Cori Lemere and sophomore Justine Rennekamp also added points in their respective field events behind second-place finishes in the long jump (5.53 meters) and shot put (13.07 meters), respectively.
Army will have one final tune-up meet before the postseason begins. The Black Knights will travel to New York City for the Armory Invite on Friday, Feb. 7 and Saturday, Feb. 8.