Track & Field Heading To Lehigh For Conference Championships

Bonny Bradway

Bonny Bradway

May 2, 2013

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WEST POINT, N.Y.  – Postseason begins on Friday for the Army track and field team as the Black Knights will travel to Lehigh University for the Patriot League Outdoor Championships. The two-day event kicks off with the men’s 10,000-meter run at 9 a.m., while field events begin with the men’s hammer throw at 10 a.m.

The Army men finished third at last season’s outdoor league championships thanks in large part to Field Athlete of the Meet Thomas Wagner. Wagner (USMA ’12) captured both the triple jump and high jump titles to claim his second major award of his career. The Army men have finished in the top three at every outdoor meet since first competing in the Patriot League in 1992, and last won the team title in 2009.

The Black Knight women finished fourth at the 2012 outdoor meet with both of their individual event winners back in uniform in 2013. Senior tri-captain Kaitlyn Love will be eyeing her second consecutive 100-meter hurdles crown on Saturday after becoming Army’s third straight hurdles champion in 2012. Junior Jessica Waggoner became the first Black Knight to win the discus in nearly a decade at last season’s meet just days before setting the Academy record in the event.

Entering the weekend, the Army men have five of the top times recorded in the Patriot League this season while the women boast three undisputed marks. Sophomore Clyde Wilson (800 meters) and junior Chris Smith (400-hurdles) both lead the conference in their individual events while also joining with Patrick Taylor and Stevyn Spees for the fastest 4x400-meter relay finish. Seniors Mark Castelli (steeplechase) and Kevin Russell (1,500 meters) round out the men’s leaders.

On the women’s side, Love shows the Patriot League’s best 400-meter hurdles time of the season, while classmate and fellow tri-captain Mary Prakel’s Academy-record time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase also stands atop the Patriot League list in 2013. Junior Bonny Bradway anchors the field event representation with her No. 1 distance in the javelin.

The Army men will look to dethrone Bucknell as the Bison have captured three consecutive outdoor team titles, ending the Black Knights’ run of winning 17 of their first 18 Patriot League crowns. The Army women have their sights set on rival Navy which ended the Bucknell women’s three-meet winning streak a season ago.

The Patriot League Championships mark the first event of Army’s postseason schedule as qualified athletes will next travel to the IC4A and ECAC Championships. Princeton will serve as the host of the annual regional meet scheduled for May 10-12.

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