Feb. 18, 2012
LEWISBURG, Pa. – Army track and field had a strong second day of competition at the Patriot League Championships, with the men landing in third place with 29 points and the women in fourth with 27. Saturday featured primarily field events and qualifying track competitions, totaling six scored events.
With 56 points, Bucknell leads the men’s teams followed by Navy with 41. On the women’s side, Navy is in the lead with 56 points, followed by Lehigh with 36 and Bucknell with 33.
Highlighting the point earners on the day was senior Tom Wagner. Wagner won the high jump with a height of 2.09 meters, besting the second-place finisher by .05m for 10 points. The conference high jump title is the third straight for Wagner. He is the lone three-time high jump champion in Patriot League history. The Clinton, N.Y., also has an outdoor HJ title (2009) to his credit.
Earnest Holland also placed for the Black Knights in the high jump, eclipsing the bar at 1.94 meters for sixth place and one point.
Wagner added six points with a third-place leap in the long jump, registering a mark of 6.96 meters. The senior was joined by classmate Michael Hutchins, who added one point to the Army total with his sixth-place jump of 6.88m.
The women’s jumping contingent also added points to the board, combining for 13 points over the two events. Sophomore Crystal Christian started it off with a fifth-place leap in the long jump. Christian entered the meet ranked seventh all-time at the Academy, and her leap of 5.46m bested that mark, solidifying her spot at No. 7.
The high jump was the women’s biggest event of the day, adding 11 points to their total. Junior McKenzie Majchrzak led the way with a second-place height of 1.65 meters, followed by sophomore Brianna Miller in fifth (1.60m) and senior co-captain in sixth (1.60m). Majchrzak was credited with eight points, while Miller and Johnson added two and one, respectively.
Johnson also tacked on six points thanks to a third-place finish in the pentathlon. The senior co-captain totaled 3323 points which included a win in the high jump. Freshman Chris Kittle represented the men in the multiple event, placing fifth in the heptathlon (4649) for two points.
The lone individual runners to score for the Black Knights on Saturday were distance specialists Liz O’Donnell and Marcie Nordt. Competing in the 5,000 meters, O’Donnell finished with a personal-best time of 17:30.55 for third place, while Nordt cross the line in a personal-best 18:00.50 for sixth place. O’Donnell’s six-point finish lists seventh all-time at the Academy.
Army also had a strong showing in the men’s weight throw, led by Nicholas Snoad. Snoad set a personal record with a toss of 17.54 meters. The distance was the best by a Black Knight since 2009 and earned the team four points. Grady Davis also set a PR and earned points for Army, placing sixth with a toss of 17.10m.
Army’s relay units also collected points, with the men’s fourth-place finish earning four points and the women’s sixth-place time adding one point to their total. The men were represented by Kevin Russell, Ian MacPherson, Nathan Fisher and Clyde Wilson and crossed the line in an IC4A-qualifying, season-best time of 7:42.51. Shalela Dowdy, Allie Sutherland, Jillian Collins and Katie Collins ran for the women, finishing in 9:26.85.
The third and final day of competition is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., with the women’s pole vault. Live results and heat sheets can be viewed by clicking here.