March 23, 2013
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Army track and field wrapped up its second meet of the outdoor season on Saturday as the Black Knights completed competition at the Tribe Invitational hosted by William & Mary. Army earned first place in eight events during the two-day meet while five Black Knight marks ranked among the best in program history.
Seniors Mark Castelli and Mary Prakel dominated the 3,000-meter steeplechase for the second consecutive week. Castelli and classmate Dan Jester finished 1-2 in the event as Castelli recorded a personal-best 9:16.71, narrowly missing IC4A Championship-qualifying standards. Jester finished in 9:34.66. In the women’s race, Prakel bested a field of seven with the second-fastest time in Army history, crossing the line in 10:58.77 for the quickest time by a Black Knight since 2004.
The men’s distance runners also performed well in the 10,000 meters which was the lone track competition on Friday. Junior Ricardo Galindo was the runner-up finisher in 29:54.90, the sixth-fastest time in Academy history, while classmate Kendall Ward claimed fourth place with the No. 9 time in program history, 30:19.99. Both times met IC4A standards.
Army swept the 800m as sophomores shined in the event. Clyde Wilson earned gold on the men’s side, missing IC4A standards by two-hundredths of a second with a finish of 1:51.82, topping a field of 27. Katrina Donarski won the women’s event, beating out a field of 35 with the sixth-fastest time in Army history – 2:14.53.
Also in middle distance events, senior Kevin Russell finished second of 39 with a PR of 3:51.69, missing the IC4A cut by less than a second.
Army had a strong showing in the sprints as well as sophomore Patrick Taylor finished second of 31 with a personal-best time of 48.51, narrowly missing the IC4A mark of 48.50.
Senior Kyler Martin dominated the hurdles, winning the 400-meter race while finishing second in the 110m. Martin won the 400H with a personal-best 53.28, while claiming second in the 110H with a finish of 14.46. Martin had qualified for the IC4As in both events in last weekend’s season-opening meet at Coastal Carolina.
Junior Chris Smith was runner-up to Martin in the 400-hurdles with a finish of 54.18, while senior Thomas Ryan also finished immediately behind Martin in the 110-hurdles with a time of 14.52. Similarly, Smith and Ryan had also qualified at Coastal Carolina.
Smith teamed with classmates Matt Green and Jerome Raphael and freshman Stevyn Spees to claim the 4x400-meter run title, crossing the line in 3:17.71.
Army throwers also had a notable weekend as the Black Knights captured first in two events while adding two more names to the postseason qualifying lists.
Competing on Friday afternoon, senior Nick Snoad won the hammer throw, besting a field of 16 with his heave of 59.02m. Snoad previously punched his postseason ticket at CCU. Classmate Scott Geary finished in third (50.88m) while sophomore Brent Stout claimed fourth (49.58m).
Sophomore Jacob Drozd, competing for the first time since Jan. 12 and throwing the javelin for the first time since May 11, 2012, won the event with the seventh-best heave in Army history. Drozd qualified for the IC4As with a toss of 62.42m.
Junior Jessica Waggoner rounded out the top performances of the weekend, finishing seventh of 26 in the discus with an ECAC Championship-qualifying throw of 42.83 meters.
Next on the calendar, the Black Knights will return to West Point to prepare for their first home meet of the outdoor season. Army will host the Dick Shea Open March 29-30 at Shea Stadium.