Army Shines In Elite Races at Larry Ellis

Katrina Donarski

Katrina Donarski

April 20, 2013


PRINCETON, N.J.  – Sophomore Katrina Donarski highlighted a successful weekend of performances as Army track and field traveled to Princeton for the annual Larry Ellis Invitational. Donarski recorded a pair of personal bests which rank among the best in Academy history to stand out among a number of notable marks by the Black Knights.

Donarski started Saturday off by running in the 800 meter elite division race, finishing 19th of 51 with the fourth-fastest time in program history. The sophomore crossed the line in 2:12.28 for the best time by an Army runner this season. She then followed up in the 200-meter dash with the eighth-best finish in Academy history, finishing in 25.08 seconds for the best Army time since 2008.

Senior Mark Castelli also impacted the Army record book with his 3,000-meter steeplechase finish on Friday night. Castelli claimed fifth place in a field of 34 with the sixth-fastest time in program history. Castelli shaved nearly nine seconds off his previous personal best with his finish at Larry Ellis of 9:00.25. The senior has taken over 20 seconds off his first time of the season, 9:20.81 at the Shamrock Invite (March 14).

Classmate Kevin Russell also had a successful showing on Friday night, placing 16th of 60 in the 1,500-meter run elite division race with a personal-best time of 3:49.71. The time qualifies Russell for the IC4A Championships.

Sophomore Clyde Wilson competed in the 800-meter elite race and also recorded a personal record, narrowly missing Army’s top-10 list with his finish of 1:50.48.

Wilson was also a member of the IC4A-qualifying 4x400-meter relay squad which took runner-up honors with a time of 3:15.18. Wilson teamed with Stevyn Spees, Matt Green and Patrick Taylor in the event.

Taylor, Wilson and Marcus Jackson made Army’s presence felt in the 400-meter dash as the Black Knights captured three of the top-six times in the 28-man event. Taylor finished in 48.79 for third, followed by Wilson in fourth (49.03) and Jackson in sixth (49.46).

In field events, sophomore Jacob Drozd’s “undefeated” streak came to an end with his second-place showing in the javelin. Drozd had finished first at all four previous meets of the outdoor season prior to this weekend. The sophomore took second on Saturday with a heave of 61.48 meters.

Senior Nick Snoad eclipsed the 62-meter mark for the third time this season in the hammer throw as the tri-captain finished fourth of 17 on Saturday with a toss of 62.24m.

Up next for the Black Knights, Army will compete in one final regular-season meet: the Penn Relays. This year’s Penn Relays are scheduled for April 25-27 at Philadelphia’s Franklin Field.


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