April 13, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army track and field wrapped up the home portion of its schedule in emphatic fashion on Saturday as the Black Knight men won the team competition while the women captured second place. Sophomore Patrick Taylor had a hand in four of Army’s 17 event wins on the afternoon including personal-bests in a pair of sprints.
Army won the men’s meet with 286.5 points, besting runner-up Middlebury in impressive fashion as the Panthers tallied 120.5, followed by third-place Binghamton (96), fourth-place Columbia (44) and fifth-place Colgate (six).
The Lions won the women’s meet with 158 points, followed by the Black Knights with 137. The Bearcats captured third place (130), followed by Middlebury in fourth (87) and the Raiders in fifth (26).
Taylor recorded personal bests in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes en route to winning each race. The sophomore bested a field of 10 in the 100m to cross the line in 11.14 seconds, followed by beating out 16 other competitors in the 200m to snap the tape in 22.20 seconds.
Taylor teamed with freshman Stevyn Spees, sophomore Clyde Wilson and junior Chris Smith to win the day’s final event, the 4x400-meter relay. The group won the 11-team event with an IC4A Championship-qualifying time of 3:15.24. Taylor was also a member of the winning 4x100-meter relay squad which also finished with IC4A-qualyfing fashion, finishing is 42.01 seconds.
Other notable wins on the men’s side include Ernest Holland’s high jump of 1.94 meters, the best by a Black Knight this season, and Jacob Drozd who won the javelin for the fourth consecutive meet.
Three of the Army women’s five wins on the afternoon came in throwing events, highlighted by a 1-2 finish in the javelin. Junior Bonny Bradway won the javelin with the seventh-best throw in Academy history – 43.56 meters. Bradway was followed by sophomore Nicole Miller in second with a throw of 38.26m.
Freshman Emily Ezerins added her name to the ECAC Championship-qualifying list with her winning throw in the discus. Ezerins became the second Black Knight to qualify in the event this season by recording the ninth-best throw in Academy history – 42.81 meters.
Sophomore Katrina Donarski also recorded a historical mark, winning the 800 meters with the sixth-fastest time in program history. Donarski broke the tape in 2:14.04 to beat out a field of 22.
Army will now prepare for the always competitive Princeton-hosted Larry Ellis Invitational April 19-20. The Larry Ellis Invitational is one of two regular-season meets remaining on Army’s schedule, with postseason competition beginning on May 3 at the Patriot League Championships.