May 25, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Senior Kyler Martin highlighted Day 2 of Army's stay at the First Round of the NCAA Track & Field Championships. Running at North Carolina A&T's Aggie Stadium, Martin punched his ticket to the next round with his qualifying performance in the 110-meter hurdles. Martin was one of three Black Knights in action on Friday.
Martin finished fourth in his heat and 19th overall in a field of 48 by crossing the line in 13.87 seconds. The senior entered the week with the Academy's third-best time and climbed to No. 2 on Friday night. He will compete in the national quarterfinal on Saturday evening at 7:05 p.m., vying for a spot in the national semifinal to be contested at the NCAA Championships next week at the University of Oregon.
Also on the track Friday night for Army was senior Mark Castelli. Competing in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Castelli narrowly missed advancing to the national championship when he placed 18th with at time of 8:56.18, solidifying his spot at No. 6 on Army's all-time list. The top-12 finishers qualified for the next round.
Rounding out Friday's performances was sophomore Jacob Drozd. Drozd competed in the javelin and also narrowly missed an NCAA Championship invite by finishing 17th. The sophomore recorded a throw of 65.97 meters to conclude his second season in the Black & Gold.
Along with Martin's quarterfinal race, senior Nick Snoad is also slated for competition on Saturday. Snoad qualified for the hammer throw and is scheduled to toss at 10 a.m.