Junta Breaks 27-Year Old Record As Army Finishes Fourth At Patriots

Patriot League Track Performer of the Meet Lisa Junta

Patriot League Track Performer of the Meet Lisa Junta

Feb. 17, 2013


WEST POINT, N.Y.  – One day after recording the second-fastest 5,000-meter time in Academy history, sophomore Lisa Junta snapped Teresa Sobiesk’s 3,000-meter standard which had been on the books since 1986. Junta earned Track Performer of the Meet honors as the Black Knights finished in fourth place at the Patriot League Indoor Track & Field Championships at West Point’s Gillis Field House.

Army totaled 84.33 points on the weekend, including Junta’s 20 points alone, to trail team champion Bucknell, which totaled 162 points, runner-up Navy (110) and third-place finisher Lehigh (106.33). Holy Cross followed in fifth place with 74 points, while Lafayette (sixth, 47.33) and Colgate (seventh, 36) rounded out the scoring.

Junta crossed the line in 9:44.93 in the 3,000m, besting the runner-up finisher from Navy by over 10 seconds. The sophomore’s mark is the best at the conference meet since 2004, and is just 0:04.52 of the Patriot League record recorded in 2001. Junta is Army’s first 3,000-meter run champion since 1998 and just the third all-time. She became just the second Army runner in program history to be voted Patriot League Track Performer of the Meet and first since 2008.

Senior tri-captain Mary Prakel kicked the day off on the track, recording a personal-best time in the mile with a fourth-place finish of 5:04.86.

Less than 24 hours after recording a personal-best in the 60-meter hurdles preliminaries, senior tri-captain Kaitlyn Love bested that mark with the best time by a Black Knight since 2006, capturing the event title with Army’s third-best time ever, 8.81 seconds. With Army’s Kyler Martin capturing the event’s crown on the men’s side, the Black Knights swept the men’s and women’s hurdles titles for the third time in four years. Love’s hurdles title is Army’s seventh in Patriot League Indoor Championship history, the most of any program.

Freshman Haley Winters led Army’s sprinting contingent by totaling nine points in a pair of events. Winters was the only freshman to qualify in the 60-meter dash and captured second place by crossing the line in 7.77 seconds. She then followed in the 200m finals with a sixth-place time of 25.60.

Army’s 500-meter dash record holder, sophomore Katrina Donarski, placed sixth in the event on Sunday by finishing in 1:17.69. Fellow record holder and classmate Jennifer Comfort added six points for her 1,000-meter run third-place finish of 2:56.92.

The Black Knight 4x400 relay unit comprised of Donarski, Love, Winters and senior Ashley Gordon earned first place in the event with the third-fastest time in Army history. The team finished in 3:52.15 for the best time by an Army relay squad since 2008.

Three field events were contested on the weekend’s final day, highlighted by a second-place mark in the shot put. Freshman Cody Rothschild recorded the sixth-best distance in the shot put in Academy history, and Army’s best throw since 2009 with a second-place heave of 13.24 meters. Rothschild beat out the third-place finisher by just .01 meters. Classmate Megan Gemar also added points for the Black Knights, finishing ina  tie for fourth place in the pole vault with a mark of 3.60 meters, matching her career best. Army did not score in the triple jump.

The Black Knights’ fourth-place team finish is their second in three years and fourth overall. Army improved upon its team finish from a year ago (fifth), while also registering its most points since 2009, when the Black Knights earned 94. Bucknell won the team crown for the second consecutive season and 10th time overall.

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