April 14, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Competing in their final home meet of the season, the Army track and field teams earned a pair of first-place finishes in a five-way meet. The Black Knights finished ahead of Colgate, Columbia, Binghamton and St. Francis in both the men’s and women’s meets.
On the women’s side, Army tallied 162 points to edge the second-place Binghamton Bearcats with 148 points. St. Francis followed in third with 103 points, with Columbia in fourth (85) and Colgate in fifth (48). For the men, the Black Knights separated themselves from the pack with 252 points. The Bearcats placed second with 141 points, followed by the Lions (63), Red Flash (60) and Raiders (24).
The Black Knight women won six events on the afternoon, while the men captured first in nine, including two by sophomore newcomer Marcus Jackson.
Junior Mary Prakel started the track events off with a bang, winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a personal-record time of 11:21.17. The finish ranks sixth all-time at the Academy and marks the second straight week the Army women have set a historical time in this event.
Classmate Kaitlyn Love also added her name to the Army record book. Love won the 400-meter hurdles with the fifth-best time in Academy history, 1:03.26. The time is the best by a Black Knight since 2007. Love recorded the third-best Army time in the 100-hurdles last weekend against Navy.
In field events, sophomore Jessica Waggoner raised her PR in the discus with a first-place throw of 46.73 meters. Waggoner maintained her position of No. 4 on Army’s all-time list with the throw. Sophomore Azeezat Olatunde took second in the event with her mark of 41.93m.
Junior McKenzie Majchrzak continued her strong outdoor season by winning the high jump and placing runner up in the long jump. Majchrzak eclipsed the high bar at 1.65m while recording a leap of 5.20m in the long jump. Sophomore Crystal Christian won the long jump with her mark of 5.20m. Classmate Brianna Miller placed second in the high jump (1.55m).
Sophomore Bonny Bradway rounded out the women’s event winners, taking first in the javelin with her throw of 40.69m.
Jackson led the charge on the men’s side with his victories in the 200- and 400-meter dash. A week removed from his first collegiate meet, Jackson bested a field of 14 in the 400m with a time of 48.80. He then followed by outrunning 16 in the 200m with his first-place finish of 22.54.
Sophomore Jason Wilkes, who won a pair of events against Navy last week, continued the hot streak in the five-way meet. Wilkes won the 100-meter dash (11.15) and was also a member of the first place 4x100-meter relay team (42.55), along with Patrick Taylor, Brian Cobbs and Michael Hoffman.
Also on the track, junior Thomas Ryan captured the 110-meter hurdles title (14.85), while senior Chris Jones took first in the 800m (1:52.59) with the best outdoor time of the season.
The Army men won three of the four throwing events, including one that ranks in the Army record book.
Junior Nicholas Snoad won the hammer throw in a field of 12 competitors with a mark of 59.23m. Snoad, who entered the meet with the 10th-best distance in Academy history, maintained that spot with his performance on Saturday.
In the javelin, freshman Jacob Drozd won the event with his throw of 54.41m, while sophomore Peter Miller followed in second (53.30m). Junior Scott Geary rounded out the event winners with his first-place throw of 15.31m in the shot put.
Army will hit the road for the first time since March 24 when it travels to the Larry Ellis Invitational April 20-21. The annual meet typically features over 30 teams from throughout the east coast.