April 6, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -
Senior Garrek Hojan-Clark was crowned the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) champion on pommel horse, sophomore Jeremy Cahill was runner-up on high bar and freshman Jesse Glenn was named Co-Rookie of the Year as Army closed out the two-day competition at Blake Arena on the campus of host Springfield College.
Hojan-Clark, ranked No. 1 in the nation on pommel horse, scored a 15.0 en route to capturing his second ECAC title in three years to become just the fourth Black Knight to earn multiple titles in that event. He joins Fred Hall (1933-34), Mike Sivulka (1995-95) and All-American Ben Hayward (1997-99).
Cahill, who finished third in Friday's preliminary round on high bar, moved up a spot to earn the silver scoring a 13.7, which was 4/10s behind the winning score recorded by medalist Joseph Hodges of UIC. Freshman Michael York also was among the medalists (top six) in that event, tying for fifth place with a 13.4.
Junior Kip Webber, who shared the all-around title Friday evening in becoming just the fourth Army gymnast to claim that honor, copped the bronze on floor exercise (14.6) and still rings (14.45). He also qualified on parallel bars.
Senior team captain Ikaika Jakub placed third on vault behind a season-best 14.6 in moving up five places after tying for fifth place Friday with a 14.4.
Sophomore Mike Tserkovnyuk on pommel horse (13.45) and junior Ian Howard on floor exercise (13.2) just missed medaling in finishing seventh in their respective events.
Army collected six medals in the individual finals the final night earning a first, a second, a trio of thirds and a fifth,along with a couple of individual titles, for its best performance in several years.
"All-in-all we had a great performance today and over the weekend," said Army mentor Doug Van Everen. "The team was ready and put it together today."
Though the Black Knights came up short of earning one of 12 bids to the NCAA Championships, Army is hopeful of sending a large contingent of individual qualifiers to this year's site, Penn State, April 18-20. Nine members made the cut last year