May 5, 2012
WORCESTER, Mass. – Despite adding 100 points in the final day of competition, Army men’s track and field placed third at the outdoor Patriot League Championships. The Black Knights won three events on Saturday at Holy Cross’ Hart Track Stadium, including a pair by senior Tom Wagner.
Bucknell won the team title for the fourth consecutive year, tallying 167 points to edge runner-up Navy (153). After the Black Knights, Lehigh followed in fourth with 98 points, while Lafayette (72), Colgate (20), American (12) and Holy Cross (10) rounded out the field.
Wagner, who finished second in the long jump on Friday, swept the high jump and long jump titles for the second time in his career after doing so at the 2011 indoor championships. Wagner won the high jump by eclipsing the bar at 2.09 meters, earning his second outdoor HJ title and first since 2009. In the triple jump, the Clinton, N.Y., native won with a leap of 15.16m, his second consecutive outdoor TJ belt.
Following the competition, Wagner was tabbed the Field Athlete of the Meet for the second time in his career and first time at the outdoor event. He is the first Black Knight since 2006 and fourth overall to garner the outdoor recognition.
Army was deep in the jumps, as senior Fred Beebe placed second in the triple jump (14.97m) and freshman Jacob Drozd was fifth in the high jump (1.99m).
The Black Knights also doubled up in the shot put, as Scott Geary earned six points with his third-place throw of 15.76m, while Shane Jones placed sixth (one point) with a mark of 14.85m.
On the track, the 4x400-meter relay team of Chris Smith, Taylor Kensy, Patrick Taylor and Marcus Jackson earned Army’s lone running title of the day. The group avenged their narrow defeat to Navy at the outdoor Star Meet by edging the Midshipmen this time around by .4 seconds to capture the title and 10 points. The finish of 3:13.70 is the best by an Army relay team this season.
Kensy also added points in the 400-meter hurdles by placing third of 13 runners with a finish of 53.64. Sophomore Chris Smith followed in fourth place with a time of 53.84. Kensy’s time is the best by a Black Knight this season, while Smith’s is a personal best.
Army’s 4x100 relay unit also recorded a season-best finish, taking third place with a time of 41.79.
In his final Patriot League meet, senior Chris Jones came up just shy in the 800-meter run, placing second with a time of 1:51.35. The finish is the best by an Army runner this season.
The third-place team finish for Army is the first in program history. The Black Knights have earned runner-up honors in three of the last four meets prior to 2012, while winning the trophy in 2009.
The conference meet marks the beginning of the postseason for Army track and field. Qualified athletes will continue their season next weekend at the IC4A Championship, hosted by Princeton.