March 16, 2013
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Despite competing in temperatures of mid 50s with winds blowing at 20 miles per hour, Army track and field had a successful start to the outdoor season at Coastal Carolina's Shamrock Invitational. In additition to nine postseason qualifying marks, the Black Knights captured three individual titles as seniors Mark Castelli and McKenzie Majchrzak and sophomore Nathan Fisher finished first in their respective events.
Castelli bested a field of 17 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a finish of 9:20.81. Castelli beat out the runner-up finisher by over four seconds. Majchrzak also finished atop 16 other competitors in the high jump, passing the bar at 1.65 meters. Fisher rounded out the third day of competition with a win in the 3,000-meter run, outlasting a field of 36 to win in 8:40.35
Senior Mary Prakel also had a successful showing in the steeplechase, placing third of 27 runners with a itme of 11:18.46. With the event winner being unattached, Prakel was the No. 2 collegiate finisher.
Classmate Nick Snoad had started the weekend off in convincing fashion, competing in the lone non-multis event on Thursday, the hammer throw. Snoad exceeded IC4A Championship-qualifying standards in his first attempt of the season, placing third of 47 throwers with a heave of 60.14 meters, roughly half a meter shy of his career best.
Newcomer Joseph Yow, competing in his first collegiate meet, also surpassed IC4A standards. Yow placed sixth of 44 in the javelin with a toss of 60.05 meters. The distance ranks sixth all-time at the Academy and is the best throw by a Black Knights since 2005.
In similar fashion, senior Kyler Martin qualified for the IC4As and recorded the seventh-fast 110-meter hurdles time with his finish of 14.31 seconds in the finals.
Freshman Megan Gemar also added her name to the outdoor top-10 list as her height of 3.50 meters in the pole vault ties for second all-time. Gemar placed third of 11 and now ranks second on both the indoor and outdoor program lists.
In other notable performances, Lindsey Danilack (heptathlon), Chris Kittle (decathlon), Peter Miller (javelin), Chris Smith (400-hurdles) and Kyler Martin (400-hurdles) all recorded postseason-qualifying marks in their respective events.
Army will remain on the road for its second meet of the outdoor campaign when the Black Knights head to the Tribe Open hosted by William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. Events are scheduled March 22-23.