Track Traveling to Larry Ellis Invitational This Weekend

McKenzie Majchrzak

McKenzie Majchrzak

April 19, 2012

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army track and field will compete away from the friendly confines of Shea Stadium for the first time since March 24, when it travels to the Princeton-hosted Larry Ellis Invitational. One of the largest meets of the season, Larry Ellis boasts over 2,000 entrants from over 200 programs. Events begin Friday at 5 p.m., and run through Saturday at 6 p.m.

The highly selective meet features some of the top talent from the east coast, with entries limited and qualifying marks strictly enforced. No team scores are kept at the event. Other schools competing include Navy, Harvard, Providence, Lehigh, Colgate, Indiana and Marist.  

Army has spent the past three weekends on its home turf at Shea Stadium, most recently hosting a five-way team-scoring meet last Saturday against Binghamton, Colgate, Columbia and St. Francis. The Black Knights swept the men's and women's competitions, which was highlighted by four marks that rank in the Army record books.

Reigning Patriot League Field Athlete of the Week Jessica Waggoner earned the fourth-best discus toss in Academy history (46.73 meters), while Mary Prakel (No. 6, steeplechase), Kaitlyn Love (No. 3, 400-meter hurdles), and Nick Snoad (No. 10, hammer throw) also added their names to the Army top-10 lists.

Shane Jones was the lone Black Knight to add a new postseason-qualifying finish to the 2012 list last weekend after exceeding IC4A standards in the discus. Army boasts 10 individual qualifiers and a relay for the IC4A Championships, while six women have punched their tickets for the ECAC Championships.

The Black Knights won two events at last season's Larry Ellis Invitational, including one by current junior high jumper McKenzie Majchrzak. Majchrzak won the event and qualified for the ECACs with a height of 1.70m. Then-senior Domonick Sylve earned his second consecutive 110-meter hurdles title to round out the Army event winners.

Following this weekend's competition, Army will travel to the 118th running of the Penn Relays. Events at the historic event span from Wednesday through Saturday of next week at Philadelphia's Franklin Field.

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