May 5, 2012
WORCESTER, MASS. – Army women’s track and field won two events and placed runner-up in a pair to jump to fourth place in the final standings at the Patriot League Championships. The Black Knights, who entered the day in fifth, collected 59 points on Saturday at Holy Cross’ Hart Track Stadium to total 83 for the weekend.
Navy won the team title with 156.5 points to snap second-place Bucknell’s three-year winning streak. The Bison totaled 133.5 and were followed by Lehigh in third with 118. After the Black Knights, Lafayette stood in fifth (79), followed by Holy Cross (55), Colgate (51) and American (6).
Junior Kaitlyn Love was the leading point earner for Army on Day 2, winning the 100-meter hurdles and placing fifth in the 400-hurdles. Love made sure the 100 hurdles title stayed at West Point for a third consecutive year (Tonya Stallard 2011; Hallie Huggins 2010) by edging Navy’s Ashley Aitken by .07 seconds with her finish of 14.40. In the 400-hurdles, she crossed the line in 1:03.84 for two points.
Sophomore Jessica Waggoner was Army’s other individual winner on the day, capturing the discus title in convincing fashion. Waggoner bested the second-place thrower by 1.79 meters with her throw of 48.04m. The sophomore is the first Army discus champion since 2003, while the distance ranks second all-time at the Academy.
Freshman Lisa Junta became the Black Knights’ top point earner on the weekend with her performance in the 5,000-meter run. Junta, who won the 10,000m on Friday, finished No. 2 on Saturday with the third-best 5K time in Academy history, 16:58.16. She finished her first outdoor conference meet by adding 18 points to Army’s total.
Following the meet, Junta was tabbed the Rookie of the Meet, becoming the third Black Knight and second in three years to garner the outdoor championship honor.
The Black Knights got a boost from top performances in the high jump, led by junior McKenzie Majchrzak and senior co-captain Christie Johnson. Majchrzak, who won the event last season, placed tied for second with a height of 1.65 meters. Johnson, who also eclipsed the bar at 1.65m, placed fourth, as the pair combined for 11 points.
Johnson also added points to Army’s total by placing fourth in the heptathlon. Her point total of 4511 exceeded her previous career high by over 300 points.
Army’s performance in the 3,000-meter steeplechase rivaled the high jump show as Mary Prakel and Dayna Cline combined for 10 points. Prakel finished third of 12 with the third-best time in Academy history, 11:06.68, while Cline collected fourth place with her finish of 11:07.74.
Freshman Jennifer Comfort also added her name to the Academy record book, running the third-best 800 meters. Comfort placed sixth of 25 runners with a time of 2:12.56.
The fourth-place finish for the Black Knights is their third in conference championship history. Army also placed fourth in 2006 and 2009. Army improved two spots from last season’s sixth-place stance.
Army’s postseason will continue next weekend when qualified athletes travel to the ECAC Championships at Princeton.