Navy's Amanda Phelps
Jan. 11, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The sprint to the Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships began last week as Army, Bucknell, Holy Cross and Navy all were action for the first time in 2012.
The championship will take place in Lewisburg, Pa., on Feb. 17-19, where the Bucknell Mini-Meet was held Saturday.
The Bison dominated the event claiming 22 titles in 30 events, including Tom Barr, who had two IC4A-qualifying marks with a first-place finish in the shot put (53-9) and a second-place finish in the weight throw (56-6¾). For his performance, Barr was named the Male Field Athlete of the Week.
His teammate, freshman Christian Lupica, was named the Male Rookie of the Week with his first-place finish in the 60 hurdles (8.31).
On the women’s side, Bucknell’s Sarah Bella also had an ECAC-qualifying performance with her distance of 44-4 in the shot put. She was an honorable mention in the weekly awards.
Navy also had several postseason qualifiers and two weekly award winners. Jess Palacio was named the Female Track Athlete of the Week and Amanda Phelps was the Female Field Athlete of the Week as they helped the Navy women’s team finished first out of six teams at the Delaware Invitational.
Palacio finished first in two events, the mile (4:57.12) and the 3,000 (10:05.67). Her time in the mile bested an ECAC-qualifying standard. Phelps finished first in the weight throw with an ECAC distance of 53-7. She also was fourth in the shot put (40-0).
Army, which hosted the Crowell Open, also had a pair of weekly award winners in Christopher Jones (Male Track Athlete of the Week) and Lisa Junta (Female Rookie of the Week). Jones finished first in the 500 (1:05.64) and the 1,000 (2:32.41). His time in the 500 qualified him for the IC4A championships. Junta placed first in the 3,000 with a time of 10:13.32.
Tom Wagner also posted an IC4A-qualifying mark for the Black Knights with his first-place finish in the high jump (6-8¼). He was first in the triple jump (46-7¼) and fourth in the 60 hurdles (8.38).
The Navy men lost in a dual meet against Princeton, 107-71, but recorded 11 IC4A-qualifying performances. Chris Ricks was the lone field qualifier, winning the weight throw with a distance of 57-7.
Alex Jackson placed second in the 400 with an IC4A time of 49.08 seconds, while Joshua Shaw qualified in the 500 (1:05.14). Other qualifiers included, Dominic Della Pelle in the 3,000 (8:27.19), Cody Thompson in the 1,000 (2:28.27), Jeremy Haney in the mile (4:13.59), Kyle Satterwhite in the mile (4:14.82), Christopher Galvin in the 5,000 (14:36.08) and Robert Patterson in the 5,000 (14:43.52).
Holy Cross competed in several events last week, all non-scored, including the Crowell Open at West Point.
Seven out of eight teams will be in action as Bucknell will take the week off.
Patriot League Weekly Awards
Male Track Athlete of the Week
CHRISTOPHER JONES, ARMY Sr., Blairsville, Ga.
Jones finished first in the 500 (1:04.62) and first in the 1,000 (2:32.41) at the Crowell Open in West Point, N.Y. His first-place finish in the 500 met an IC4A-qualifying standard. This is his first indoor weekly award.
FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
JESS PALACIO, NAVY Sr., Sun Valley, Nev.
Palacio finished first in the mile with an ECAC-qualifying time of 4:57.12 at the Delaware Invitational. She also placed first in the 3,000 (10:05.67). This is her first indoor weekly award of the season and fifth of her career. She won four times last season.
MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
TOM BARR, BUCKNELL Sr., Ambler, Pa.
Barr posted two IC4A-qualifying marks at the Bucknell Mini-Meet, placing first in the shot put (53-9) and first in the weight throw (56-6¾). Barr's shot put distance was a career best and it was four inches off of the school record. This is Barr's second career indoor weekly award.
FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
AMANDA PHELPS, NAVY Sr., Oceanside, Calif.
Phelps finished first in the weight throw at the Delaware Invitational, besting an ECAC mark with a distance of 53-7. She also had a fourth-place finish in the shot put (40-0). Phelps wins her third indoor weekly award and first of this season.
MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
CHRISTIAN LUPICA, BUCKNELL Fr., Newtown, Pa.
Lupica tied for first in the 60 hurdles (8.31) and placed second in the 200 (22.47) at the Bucknell Mini-Meet. This is his first indoor weekly award.
FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
LISA JUNTA, ARMY Fr., Springfield, Va.
Junta placed first in the 3,000 at the Crowell Open with a time of 10:13.32. She won the race by nearly nine seconds.
ALEX JACKSON, NAVY Sr., Elmhurst, Ill.
Jackson finished second in the 400 at the Navy-Princeton dual meet, surpassing an IC4A standard with a time of 49.08 seconds. He also placed first in the 1,600 relay (3:22.34).
CHRIS RICKS, NAVY Sr., Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Ricks placed first in the weight throw with an IC4A distance of 57-7 at the Navy-Princeton dual meet. It was the third time this season that Ricks has won the weight throw.
SARAH BELLA, BUCKNELL Sr., Mendham, N.J.
Bella won the shot put at the Bucknell Mini-Meet, posting an ECAC-qualifying distance of 44-4. She also finished third in the weight throw with a distance of 46-5¼.
TOM WAGNER, ARMY Sr., Clinton, N.Y.
Wagner placed first in two events at the Crowell Open, including the high jump where he posted an IC4A height of 6-8¼. He was first in the triple jump (46-7¼) and fourth in the 60 hurdles (8.38).