Feb. 19, 2012
LEWISBURG, Pa. – Army men’s track and field finished in third place as competition wrapped up at the 2012 Indoor Patriot League Championships, hosted by Bucknell. The Black Knights totaled 106 points to trail team champion Bucknell (185) and runner up Navy, which registered 176.25 points. Army’s third-place finish is its second in program history and first since 2008.
The Black Knights came away with one event title during the final day of competition as the 4x400-meter relay team cruised to a first-place time in the final event of the weekend. Running for Army were freshman Patrick Taylor, sophomore Chris Smith and senior co-captains Taylor Kensy and Michael Hutchins. The team finished in an IC4A-qualifying 3:18.59, the best time by an Army relay team this season.
The Black Knights boasted four runner-up marks, three of which were earned by senior members of the squad. Tom Wagner added to his growing point total with a second-place distance in the triple jump, collecting six points for his 2012 team-best mark of 14.50 meters. Wagner ended the weekend adding 24 points to Army’s score with his high jump title and third-place distance in the long jump on Saturday.
Classmate Fred Beebe also scored in the triple jump, placing third with a leap of 14.43 meters, worth six points.
Senior Ian Quinn had a career-highlighting performance in the pole vault, eclipsing the bar at 4.80 meters to place second. The career-best height for Quinn met IC4A Championship qualifying standards.
Prior to the relay win, Hutchins earned second-place honors in the 400m, finishing in a 2012 team-best 49.41 seconds. He was followed by teammate Matt Green, who cruised to a sixth-place finish with his personal-best time of 50.38.
Junior Kevin Russell rounded out Army’s silver medalists by finishing the 1,000-meter run in a personal-best 2:29.34.
Other highlights from the final day of the conference meet included sophomore Ricardo Galindo’s performance in the 3,000-meter run. Galindo finished in third with a time of 8:26.45, marking a career best and the top finish by a Black Knight since 2010.
Army added 10 points in the 500 meters as Kensy and Smith finished in third and fourth, respectively. Kensy crossed the line in 1:05.35, while Smith followed closely behind in 1:05.51.
Junior Scott Geary rounded out the bronze medalists with his third-place toss of 16.00 meters in the shot put.
Senior Thomas Ryan and freshman Jason Wilkes also added to Army’s point total on the afternoon. Ryan placed fourth in the 60-meter hurdle finals, crossing the line in a personal-best 8.31 seconds, while Wilkes finished sixth in the 60-meter dash finals with a time of 7.07.
Army’s postseason will continue in two weeks for those athletes that have qualified for the IC4A Championships. Competition is slated to begin March 3 in Boston, Mass.
1 Bucknell - 185
2 Navy – 176.25
3 Army – 106
4 Lehigh – 65
5 Lafayette – 41.25
6 Colgate – 29.50
7 American – 10
8 Holy Cross – 7
Male Rookie: Mark Vetere, Navy
Male Field: Stepehn Tutunjian, Lehigh
Male Track: Justin Hicks, Bucknell
Male Coach: Kevin Donner, Bucknell