Lehigh's E'Lana Lemon continues to shine in the weight throw.
Jan. 15, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Six Patriot League indoor track and field teams competed over the weekend, and all had something very positive to show from their outings as the League championships are just over a month away.
Army hosted an invitational for the second straight weekend, with senior Kevin Russell and sophomore Lisa Junta among those putting up qualifying times in the school's Six-Way Meet at West Point. Junta now holds the top time in the Patriot League this season in both the 3,000 and 5,000-meter runs.
Navy's men and women were both victorious on the home track over the weekend, with a breakout performance from a freshman on the men's team. Austin Batiste hit IC4A qualifying times and clocked the best marks in the Patriot League this season to win both the 200 and 400-meter runs. Jeremy Cadiente did the same thing in winning the 500-meter run.
Top times and marks were posted by others throughout the Patriot League, including Lafayette's Chris Parker in the 800-meter run, David Robinson in the 60-meter dash and Devin Smith in the women's 400-meter run at the Armory Saturday Night's Collegiate Series and Lehigh's E'Lana Lemon setting another standard in the weight throw.
Patriot League Track and Field Weekly Awards
M-F ATHLETIC MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
KEVIN RUSSELL, ARMY Sr., Danbury, Conn.
Russell had a pair of IC4A-qualifying times on Saturday as he ran a 4:11.93 mile and was part of a 4 X 800 relay team which posted a 7:49.46 at the Six-Way Meet at West Point. He won the mile in a 21-runner field with the second-best time in the Patriot League this season. The 4 X 800 relay team finished second with the top time for a Patriot League squad this year.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
LISA JUNTA, ARMY So., Springfield, Va.
Junta is named the M-F Athletic Female Track Athlete of the Week for the second straight time after finishing in first place in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:03.33 at the Six-Way Meet at West Point on Saturday. She topped the ECAC-qualifying standard by more than 30 seconds with the second-fastest time in Academy history and also the second-best mark among all ECAC qualifiers this year. Junta beat the second-place runner by over 1:15 and now holds the top times in the League in both the 3,000 and 5,000-meter runs this season.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
MARK VETERE, NAVY So., Andover, Mass.
Vetere, the 2012 Patriot League Indoor and Outdoor champion in the pole vault, set an indoor personal best with a mark of 5.00 meters at the Navy Five-Team Meet on Saturday. The height is over the IC4A standard and he has surpassed the qualifying height in all three of his competitions this season. It is also the best mark in the Patriot League this year.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
E'LANA LEMON, LEHIGH Sr., West Orange, N.J.
Lemon picked up her second win of the season in the weight throw after tossing an ECAC-qualifying distance of 17.66 meters, finishing .46 meters ahead of the 27 competitors. It was also the top mark in the Patriot League this season. Lemon is named Female Field Athlete of the Week for the second time this season and 10th in her illustrious career.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
AUSTIN BATISTE, NAVY Fr., Long Beach, Calif.
Batiste placed first in both the 200 and 400-meter runs at the Navy Five-Team Meet on Saturday with a pair of IC4A-qualifying times and personal bests. Batiste won the 200m in 21.91 and the 400m in 48.99 to post the top performance in the Patriot League this season in both events.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
DEVIN SMITH, LAFAYETTE Fr., Andover, N.J.
Smith set a school record and established an ECAC-qualifying time with a 57.02 in the 400-meter dash at the Armory Saturday Night's Collegiate Series. The 400m time is the fastest in the Patriot League this season and Smith is the first ECAC qualifier in the event from a League school. She also ran on Lafayette's 4 X 400m relay team which turned in a time of 4:00.28, the second-best in the Patriot League this year. Smith is named Rookie of the Week for the second time.
CHRIS PARKER, LAFAYETTE Sr., Neenah, Wis.
Parker finished in second place in the 800-meter run at the Armory Saturday Night's Collegiate Series with an IC4A-qualifying time of 1:53.40, the fastest in the Patriot League this season.
ANNIE-NORAH BEVERIDGE, NAVY So., Ann Arbor, Mich.
Beveridge easily eclipsed the ECAC-qualifying standard in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:14.62 and also won the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:11.64 at the Navy Invitational on Saturday.
JEREMY CAIDENTE, NAVY Jr., Beech Island, S.C.
Cadiente hit an IC4A-qualifying standard and took first place in the 500-meter run at the Navy Five-Team Meet with a time of 1:04.46, the best in the Patriot League this year.
Patriot League Notebook
Tracking the Patriot League
With the Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships just over a month away, individuals throughout the League are putting up better and better marks each week. Over the weekend, the top Patriot League marks of the season were set in 20 events, with nine on the men's side and 11 from the women's. Navy was responsible for four of the marks from the men, while the Mids joined Army and Lafyette with three of the top marks on the women's lists. For all of the top performances in the Patriot League this season, go to the Direct Athletics website here
Six individuals with multiple top times
Six Patriot Leaguers, three men and three women, stand out among their competitors in more than one event. On the men's side, Navy's Austin Batiste has the top time in the Patriot League in the 200 and 400-meter runs while teammate Christopher Galvin holds the top marks in the 3,000 and 5,000-meters. Lehigh's Ryan Paquin has the top long jump this season and also the highest score in the heptathlon. For the women, Holy Cross' Stephanie Okpoebo has the fastest time in the 60 and 200-meter dashes while Army's Lisa Junta leads the way in the 3,000 and 5,000-meter runs. Lehigh's Brooke Astor has the top 60-meter hurdle mark as well as the best pentathlon score.
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. The Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held at West Point from Feb. 15-17.
The Week Ahead
For the first time this season, each of the eight Patriot League schools will compete in an event on the same weekend. Bucknell, Lehigh and the Navy men will all compete at home, with Lafayette joining the Bison at the Gulden Invitational. American competes along with the Navy women at the Maryland Invitational.
For the full indoor track and field schedule, go here