Feb. 3, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Despite winning the majority of the events, including one in record-setting fashion, Army women’s track and field lost to rival Navy, 97-84, on Sunday afternoon at West Point’s Gillis Field House. The Black Knights captured first place in nine of the day’s 16 events in what was the closest women’s indoor Star Meet in three years.
Sophomore distance specialist Lisa Junta won three events on the afternoon beginning with the day’s first running event, the mile. Junta and senior tri-captain Mary Prakel finished 1-2 in the race for one of two events the Black Knights totaled eight points in. Junta also captured the 3,000-meter crown for the second consecutive year before teaming with Prakel, junior Allie Sutherland and sophomore Jennifer Comfort in the 4x800-meter relay to cap the day by edging out the Midshipmen by five seconds in the final event.
Army also finished 1-2 in the pole vault, as freshman Megan Gemar recorded the third-best height in Academy history at 3.60 meters. Gemar, who qualified for the ECAC Championships with the mark, won the event title while sophomore Laurel Neposchlan placed second with the sixth-best height in program history (3.45m).
Sophomore Katrina Donarski highlighted the afternoon by setting the Academy record in the 500 meters. Donarski bested the No. 2 finisher by nearly two seconds en route to establishing the Army standard in 1:15.46, which also meets ECAC standards. Donarski teamed with senior tri-captain Kaitlyn Love, sophomore Samantha Reid and freshman Haley Winters to win the 4x400 relay as well.
Love had a standout day in her final indoor Star Meet, winning the 60-meter hurdles in 8.89 seconds to rank fifth-best all-time at the Academy.
Competing in her first dual meet with Navy, Winters not only was a member of the winning relay squad, but also claimed the 200-meter dash crown with the best time by a Black Knight this season (25.89) after recording the fifth-fastest 60-meter dash time in program history with a runner-up mark of 7.82 seconds.
The Midshipmen, who extended their lead in all indoor Star Meets to 14-12-1, finished 1-2 in three field events on the day which proved to be the difference. Navy earned the two best marks in the long jump, weight throw, triple jump and shot put to combine for a 25-8 advantage en route to a 42-24 lead through all six field events. Conversely, Army had the edge in the running events, 60-55.
Army will have one final tune-up meet before the postseason begins. The Black Knights will travel to The Armory for the Lafayette-Rider Winter Games on Feb. 8. Events are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.