March 31, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Under cloudy skies and cool temperatures, Army track and field hosted the Dick Shea Open on Friday and Saturday, marking the first of three home meets for the Black Knights. The non-team-scoring meet featured more than 65 times and 1,100 entrants over the two-day event.
Army, which rested many of its lineup’s mainstays in preparation for next weekend’s showdown with Navy, won 12 of 42 events, including seven by the men and five by the women. Six Black Knights recorded postseason-qualifying marks, including three new additions to this season’s lists.
Sophomore Bonny Bradway had a career-highlighting performance in the javelin, cracking Army’s all-time top-10 list while also punching her ticket to the ECAC Championships. Bradway won the javelin which featured a field of 19 entrants with her toss of 41.49 meters. The distance was the best by a Black Knight since 2008 and ranks 10th all-time.
Senior Ashley Anthony also represented the Black & Gold well in the throws, winning the discus with a throw of 39.63 meters. Junior McKenzie Majchrzak rounded out the list of women’s field event winners by capturing the high jump title with a leap of 1.65 meters.
Senior co-captain Christie Johnson tallied her best heptathlon point total since 2009, winning the event with 4154 points. Johnson won the 100-meter hurdles, high jump and javelin over the course of the two-day heptathlon.
Freshman Katrina Donarski was the lone winner on the track for the Army women. Donarski captured the 800-meter run title with her career-best finish of 2:17.16. Junior Allie Sutherland collected second place with her finish of 2:21.65. The 800m featured a field of 40 runners.
On the men’s side, three Black Knight throwers surpassed IC4A Championship-qualifying standards. Junior Nicholas Snoad (hammer) and senior Grady Davis (discus) repeated postseason qualifying performances, while junior Scott Geary hit the mark for the first time this outdoor season. Geary won the shot put with a toss of 15.31 meters.
Freshman Jacob Drozd, who met IC4A standards last week, bested a field of 32 in the javelin with his winning throw of 57.58 meters.
Senior Tom Wagner rounded out the field event winners for Army, capturing the high jump title with a leap of 1.99 meters.
In the decathlon, senior Michael Bliss set a personal best with his point total of 6095. Bliss won the two-day event which included an individual win in the pole vault.
Junior Kyler Martin added his name to the IC4A list by tying for first place in the 110-meter hurdles. Martin and classmate Thomas Ryan finished with an identical 14.81 to share the title. Ryan previously met postseason-qualifying standards at the Bulls Invitational (March 16).
Mark Castelli (steeplechase, 9:36.82) and Daniel Jester (1,500m, 4:05.20) also finished the day with individual event wins.
Army will spend the week preparing for one of the season highlights – next Saturday’s outdoor Star Meet against service academy rival Navy. The Black Knights and Midshipmen will square off at Dick Shea Stadium, beginning at 11 a.m.