April 7, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army women’s track and field fell to rival Navy 116-87 in the annual outdoor Star Meet on Saturday afternoon at West Point’s Shea Stadium. The Midshipmen swept the season series for the fourth straight year, dropping the Black Knights’ losing streak to their academy rival to eight consecutive meets, including four outdoor contests.
Junior jumper McKenzie Majchrzak started Army off on a strong point, capturing a personal best and ECAC-qualifying mark in her two events. Majchrzak placed third in the long jump behind a pair of Midshipmen with a personal-best leap of 5.47 meters. The distance is the best by a Black Knight in 2012.
Majchrzak then followed with a runner-up mark in the high jump. The junior eclipsed the bar at 1.70 meters to meet ECAC Championship qualifying standards.
Army’s strength in the jumps continued with freshman Krystal Onyema winning the triple jump and classmate Laurel Neposchlan placing second in the pole vault. Onyema won the title with the eighth-best jump all-time at Army, 11.41 meters. Senior Jari Ross followed in second place with a leap of 11.32m. Neposchlan moved up the Academy’s all-time top-10 pole vault list with her runner-up mark of 3.35 meters to move to fourth all-time.
Onyema also recorded a personal best in the shot put with a second-place throw of 13.05m. Senior Makeba Jeffcoat recorded a personal best in the hammer, taking third with a throw of 46.63m.
Army led off the running events on a high note as freshman Dayna Cline won the 3,000-meter steeplechase title with the third-best finish all-time. Cline crossed the line in the day’s first running event in 11:07.16 for the best time by a Black Knight since 2004.
Freshman Lisa Junta also impacted the Army record book with her first-place time. Junta won the 5,000 meters with a time of 17:11.49, bettering her previous best which ranked fourth all-time at the Academy by over three seconds (17:14.97).
Junior Kaitlyn Love and freshman Katrina Donarski rounded out the event winners for Army. Love captured the 100-meter hurdles title with her time of 14.19 to rank third all-time at Army, while Donarski won the 400m with a time of 57.53.
Navy’s Amanda Phelps (hammer, shot put), Jess Palacio (1,500m, 800m) and Kristin Smith (high jump, 400H) all won two events apiece. Seniors Phelps and Palacio are part of the first Navy class to graduate in May without ever losing to Army.
“I don’t think we’ve ever had a women’s team compete as hard as our women did today," said Army head coach Troy Engle. "Across the board, kids did everything they could to try to make it a close meet. We are absolutely headed in the right direction. For that reason, as a coaching staff, we’ve never felt better or been more proud to have a team compete like that…They bought into the fact that they can be a competitive team and they’re set up to know that this will be the last in the string of losses to Navy. We’re very, very pleased and we’re very, very proud of our women.”
Army will host one final home meet this season next Saturday. The Black Knights welcome St. Francis, Colgate, Binghamton and Columbia for a five-team meet at Shea Stadium, beginning at 1 p.m.