Feb. 7, 2014
NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. - The Army men's and women's track and field teams enjoyed a successful first-day showing at The Armory Collegiate Invitational. Pole vaulter Megan Gemar and distance runner Jennifer Comfort set the pace for the women, with sprinters Jose Santana, Taylor Andrews and Chris Carnegie among the leaders on the men's side.
Gemar tied for fourth place in the pole vault clearing 12 feet, 3 ½ inches in equaling her personal best, which is tied for second place on Army's top-10 list. The sophomore from Walnut Creek, Calif., who previously qualified for the ECAC's against Navy ( 11-9 ¾), met the standard once again.
Comfort ran a personal best 2:55.89 in the 1000-meter run, finishing 27th among a field of 55, that also met the ECAC qualifying standard and earned the Army junior the fifth spot on the Black Knights' top-10 list.
Distance runner Rachel King placed 13th (10:15.28) in the 3000 Eastern run and multi-performer Avrie Weltonposted a 9.1 in the 60-meter hurdles in rounding out the women's top first-day performances.
For the Army men, freshman sensation Santana once again met the IC4A standard in the 400 meter run following a 48.59 clocking in that event that listed 21st in the preliminaries for his second fastest time of the season. He has also qualified for the IC4A's in the 60-meter dash and 200-meter dash.
Andrews had his ticket punched to the IC4As in the 60-meter hurdles where he posted a time of 8.12 placing 17th in the preliminary round to qualify for the semis where he finished 21st in 8.15. Andrew's clocking in the prelims also earned him the No. 4 spot on Army's top-10 list.
Smith qualified for the IC4As for the third time in the 500-mter run after meeting the standard with a personal-best time of 1:04.34 that earned him 10th place in the championship division, along with taking over 10th place on Army's top-10 list.
Carnegie finished seventh in the prelims in the 60-meter dash in 7.06 seconds (just shy of Army's top-10 list) to qualify for the finals where he placed ninth in 7.1.
Stevyn Speesalso competed in the 500-meter dash, but in the College Division where he finished sixth out of 45 competitors in 1:04.98 in once again meeting the IC4A qualifying mark,
Also turning in top performances was Tom Girardot, eighth in the 3000-meter run (8:42.36) and Vince Bartram, 1000-meter run (2:31.1)
"Sometimes there is a letdown the week after Army-Navy, but I did not see that today as we competed hard," said Army head coach Troy Engle.
The two-day event concludes Saturday.