May 13, 2012
PRINCETON, N.J. – Army track and field’s weekend at the ECAC and IC4A Championships concluded on Sunday as the Black Knights competed in eight events, including four finals. In team scoring, the Army men finished 21st of 53, while the women were 15th of 46.
Army earned qualifying marks on Saturday in the women’s 4x800-meter relay as well as the men’s 800-meter run and 4x400 and 4x800 relays. Senior Chris Jones represented the Black Knights in the 800m, placing sixth of eight with a time of 1:52.51.
In the relay events, the women’s 4x800 unit, which finished first in Saturday’s preliminary round, concluded the weekend with a third-place finish in the finals. Alexandra Sutherland, Shalela Dowdy, Jennifer Comfort and Katrina Donarski combined for a time of 8:55.01, the third-best mark in Academy history.
In the men’s 4x800, Nathan Fisher, Ian MacPherson, Kevin Russell and Matt Green finished ninth in the finals with a time of 7:39.61. The 4x400 unit capped the weekend on the track, as Patrick Taylor, Taylor Kensy, Chris Smith and Marcus Jackson as placed seventh with a time of 3:12.84.
Army jumpers were represented in three events on Sunday as McKenzie Majchrzak was entered in the women’s high jump while Tom Wagner competed on the men’s side. Senior Fred Beebe rounded out the Black Knights in the triple jump.
Beebe highlighted the contingent, placing third in a field of 25 with a leap of 15.25m. The mark ranks sixth all-time at the Academy. Wagner finished fifth of 15 with a height of 2.07m, while Majchrzak failed to eclipse the bar at the opening height of 1.70m.
Army will await all results to be tabulated from the weekend in order to determine who qualified for the NCAA Championship First Round. In order to advance, an athlete must rank within the top 48 in the NCAA East Region.
Through May 11, Army boasts six marks that rank in the top 48, including two by Tom Wagner. Wagner lists 31st in the high jump and 45th in the triple jump, while Beebe stands 34th in TJ. Junior Nick Snoad ranks 23rd in the hammer throw, while Jessica Waggoner (No. 20, discus) and Lisa Junta (No. 46, 10,000-meter run) represent the Army women.
The NCAA First Round is scheduled for May 24-26 in Jacksonville, Fla.