Army's Lisa Junta
Jan. 9, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Four Patriot League track and field teams competed in their first event of the 2013 calendar year over the weekend, and each had impressive performances from their student-athletes.
Army hosted the Crowell Open for its first meet of the season and four student-athletes posted ECAC/IC4A qualifying marks already. Chris Smith (500-meter run), Lisa Junta (3,000-meter run), McKenzie Majchrzak (High jump) and Nick Snoad (Weight Throw) all hit their marks, with the former three winning Patriot League weekly awards.
Bucknell, Holy Cross and Navy also had impressive performances. Leonard Joseph excelled again at the Bucknell Mini-Meet with a weight throw of 18.62 meters, hitting an IC4A-qualifying mark once again and winning his sixth career Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Field Athlete of the Week award. Holy Cross' Stephanie Okpoebo ran a school record and ECAC-qualifying time of 7.15 in the 55-meter dash at the Tiger Invitational, and Navy's Mitch Simmons and Mark Vetere had two of the team's four IC4A-qualifying marks to help the Mids to a 91-89 victory in a dual against Princeton, their first win over the Tigers in the last 10 meetings.
Patriot League Track and Field Weekly Awards
M-F ATHLETIC MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
CHRIS SMITH, ARMY Jr., North Wales, Pa.
Smith posted an IC4A-qualifying time in his first meet of the season by clocking a 1:05.20 in the 500-meter run at the Crowell Open on Saturday. It is the top time in the Patriot League this season and ninth among all IC4A qualifiers this year.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
LISA JUNTA, ARMY So., Springfield, Va.
Junta easily posted an ECAC-qualifying time with a 9:58.94 mark in the 3,000-meter run at the Crowell Open on Saturday. It is the top time in the event in the Patriot League this year and sixth among all ECAC qualifiers.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
LEONARD JOSEPH, BUCKNELL Sr., Whitesboro, N.Y.
Joseph earns his second M-F Athletic Male Field Athlete of the Week award of the season, and sixth in his career, after once again shattering the IC4A standard in the weight throw with a toss of 18.62 meters at the Bucknell Mini Meet on Saturday. The six weekly honors are just one away from the Male Field Athlete of the Week career record held by Bucknell's Tyler Hoffman (2003-07).
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
McKENZIE MAJCHRZAK, ARMY Sr., Manistee, Mich.
Majchrzak hit the ECAC-qualifying mark in the high jump with a leap of 1.70 meters on Saturday at the Crowell Open. She finished second of 13 competitors in the event and qualified for the ECACs for the fifth time in her career.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
JEREMY GRANDERSON, NAVY Fr., Fredericksburg, Va.
Granderson placed second in the long jump (6.95 meters) and third in the high jump (1.94 meters) at the Navy-Princeton dual meet on Sunday to help the Mids to a 91-89 victory, their first win over the Tigers in the last 10 meetings.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
MICHAELA READ, BUCKNELL Fr., Manasquan, N.J.
Read had a busy day at the Bucknell Mini Meet on Saturday, competing in multiple events highlighted by third-place showings in both the high jump (1.55 meters) and 60-meter hurdles (9.64).
MARK VETERE, NAVY So., Andover, Mass.
Vetere posted a season-best and IC4A-qualifying mark of 4.90 meters to win the pole vault at the Navy-Princeton dual meet on Sunday.
MITCH SIMMONDS, NAVY Sr., Eagle, Idaho
Simmonds hit an IC4A-qualifying mark with time of 8.25 in the 60-meter hurdles at the Navy-Princeton dual meet on Sunday.
STEPHANIE OKPOEBO, HOLY CROSS Jr., Chelmsford, Mass.
Okpoebo won the 55-meter dash at the Tiger Invitational on Saturday with a school record and IC4A-qualifying time of 7.15. She broke her previous school record of 7.17 set at the Harvard Open on Dec. 8.
CHRISTIAN LUPICA, BUCKNELL So., Newtown, Pa.
Lupica broke the school record with a time of 34.77 in the 300-meter run at the Bucknell Mini Meet on Saturday, and also earned his second consecutive win in the event.
Patriot League Notebook
Navy, Bucknell top preseason polls
Navy and Bucknell have battled for supremacy in Patriot League track and field in recent seasons, and coaches and sports information directors expect it to be no different in 2013 by placing the squads at the top of both the men and women's indoor preseason polls on Nov. 30. The teams shared top honors in the men's preseason poll, each garnering 92 points and eight first-place votes to tie for first place. Army (74), Lehigh (62), Lafayette (50), Colgate (33), American (30) and Holy Cross (15) completed the men's rankings. Navy took first place on the women's side, pulling in 95 points and 11 first-place votes to finish ahead of the Bison with 89 points and five first-place votes. Lehigh (71), Army (58), Holy Cross (51), Colgate (38), Lafayette (32) and American (14) filled out the preseason rankings. The men and women's preseason polls were voted on by the Patriot League Indoor Track and Field head coaches and sports information directors, who were not permitted to vote for their own teams.
Six Teams in Action this Weekend
The schedule picks up this weekend as all but two Patriot League teams will compete in an event. American joins the host at the Navy Invitational on Saturday, while Lehigh competes along with Army at the Six-Way Meet at West Point. Lafayette heads to the Armory Saturday Night Races in New York City, while Holy Cross is at the Yale Invitational on Saturday with the Crusader women also competing at the Go Rhody Invitational on Friday.
Tracking the Patriot League
A number of the Patriot League's top performances of the year were posted over the weekend, particularly on the men's side where 2012-13 standards were set in the 200, 400, 500, 800 and 1,000 and 3,000-meter runs along with the mile. For all of the top performances in the Patriot League this season, go to the Direct Athletics website here
Lehigh, Navy, Bucknell and Army all started the 2012-13 season at home, and each school will compete at its own track numerous times throughout the year. Army will host events that include the Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships from Feb. 15-17.
For the full indoor track and field schedule, go here