Women's Relay Sets Army Record at Day 1 of Patriots

Michael Hutchins

Michael Hutchins

May 4, 2012


WORCESTER, Mass. – After the first day of competition at the Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the Army men stood in second place while the women claimed fifth. Highlights of Day 1 included a record-breaking performance in the women’s 4x800-meter relay as well as capturing first place in three events. The conference meet, hosted by Holy Cross, will conclude tomorrow.

Bucknell leads on the women’s side with 44 points, followed by Lehigh in second with 41. Lafayette (35) and Navy (28) edged out the Black Knights, who collected 24 points, while Holy Cross landed in sixth with 10 points and Colgate rounded out the group with four points.

For the men, the Midshipmen narrowly beat out Army after the first day by earning 56 points to the Black Knights’ 49, while Bucknell rounded out the top three with 32. Lehigh (18), Colgate (10) and Lafayette (8) are the next three, while American and Holy Cross stand in a tie for seventh with six points apiece.

The Army women got off to a booming start as freshman Lisa Junta won the day’s first event. Running the first 10,000-meter race of her collegiate career, Junta edged an experienced group of competitors as five seniors and a junior finished right behind her. The freshman crossed the line in a winning time of 36:40.68 to list fifth all-time at the Academy. The ECAC Championship-qualifying time is the best by a Black Knight since 2001, and earned Army 10 points at the meet.

In the day’s first completed field event, sophomore Bonny Bradway earned third place in the javelin with her throw of 42.55 meters. The toss earned the Black Knights six points while landing at No. 8 on Army’s all-time list.

Sophomore Crystal Christian rounded out the women’s individual point earners with her fourth-place leap in the long jump. Christian earned four points for her career-best jump of 5.58m.

In the lone women’s relay event of the day, Army established an Academy record with its fourth-place time. Sophomore Allie Sutherland, senior Shalela Dowdy and freshmen Jennifer Comfort and Katrina Donarski combined for a time of 8:47.36 to beat the previous Army record which had stood on the books since 1985. Comfort and Donarski both turned in sub-2:10 splits to lead the Black Knights.

On the men’s side, Army’s long jump contingent highlighted the afternoon, combining for 22 points. Senior Michael Hutchins won his first outdoor long jump title with a leap of 7.11 meters. Hutchins edged classmate Tom Wagner, who secured second place with his jump of 6.92m. Freshman Eliot Knotts rounded out the point earners in the event, placing fourth with his jump of 6.79m.

The men’s 4x800-meter relay team also had a successful showing, narrowly edging rival Navy to take first place. Freshmen Nathan Fisher and Clyde Wilson and junior Kevin Russell found themselves behind the Midshipmen group heading into the final leg, before sophomore Chris Jones carried the Black Knights to victory. Army finished in 7:27.65 for 10 points.

Junior Nick Snoad continued his successful season in the hammer throw, collecting second place of 14 competitors with his toss of 59.15m. The finish earned the Black Knights eight points. Fellow thrower Jacob Drozd also added to Army’s point total, placing fourth in the javelin with his toss of 56.50m.

In the first running event of the day for the men, sophomore Ricardo Galindo found success. Galindo ran the eighth-fastest 10,000 meters in Academy history, crossing the line in fourth place with an IC4A Championship-qualifying time of 30:40.41.

Junior Justin Harris rounded out Army’s point earners on Day 1, placing sixth in the pole vault with a height of 4.65m.  

“We’re way ahead of where we thought both the men and the women would be after the first day,” said Army head coach Troy Engle. “I mean that in terms of both points and performances. To set an Academy record; It was big. I can’t say enough about how great of a first day it was; it was probably the best first day at a championship during my tenure at West Point.”

The final day of the Patriot League Championships will begin at 10:15 a.m., as the decathlon and heptathlon conclude. Individual events are slated to start at 11 a.m., with the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, while the women’s triple jump will lead off the field events at 11:30 a.m.

Time    Track Events
11:00    Women's 3000m Steeplechase
11:30    Men's 3000m Steeplechase
12:00    Women's 4 x 100m Relay
12:10    Men's 4 x 100m Relay
12:15    Women's 1500m
12:30    Men's 1500m
12:45    Women's 100m Hurdles
1:00      Men's 110m Hurdles
1:10      Women's 400m
1:25      Men's 400m
1:40      Women's 100m
1:45      Men's 100m
1:50      Women's 800m
2:05      Men's 800m
2:25      Women's 400m Hurdles
2:35      Men's 400m Hurdles
2:50      Women's 200m
2:55      Men's 3200m
3:05      Women's 5000m
3:30      Men's 5000m
3:55      Women's 4 x 400m Relay
4:05      Men's 4 x 400m Relay

Time    Jumping Events
11:30    Women's Triple Jump
11:30    Men's High Jump
1:45      Men's Triple Jump
1:45      Women's High Jump

Time    Throwing Events
11:30    Men's Shot Put
12:00    Women's Discus
2:00      Women's Shot Put
2:30      Men's Discus

Time    Multi-Events
10:15    Decathlon 110m Hurdles
10:55    Decathlon Discus
12:15    Decathlon Pole Vault
2:15      Decathlon Javelin
3:45      Decathlon 1500m
10:15    Heptathlon Long Jump
12:15    Heptathlon Javelin
1:45      Heptathlon 800m


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