Jan. 15, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Patriot League indoor track and field teams have returned from the holiday break with an eye on the upcoming League championships in February, and some individuals are getting ready by setting high marks along the way.
Five of the six Patriot League weekly award winners set ECAC or IC4A qualifying standards last week, including both Rookie of the Week honorees. Army's Jordan Worthington hit the IC4A standard of 4.80 meters in the pole vault and Lehigh's Courtney Avery did so with a high jump of 1.70 meters as both freshmen added their name to the list of qualifiers for the ECAC/IC4A Championships in March.
Last week's competition also featured quad meet victories for the Army men, Lehigh women and Navy women, with the Navy men winning their own five-way event one week after beating Princeton in a dual meet.
Patriot League Track and Field Weekly Awards
M-F ATHLETIC MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
KENDALL WARD, ARMY Sr. Highland Falls, N.Y.
Ward won the 5,000-meter run at the Gotham Cup in New York City with a time of 14:32.20, more than 10 seconds ahead of the IC4A qualifying standard. He is named Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Track Athlete of the Week for the first time.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
JESSICA KENDZOR, LEHIGH Sr., Somers, N.Y.
Kendzor won the 500-meter run in a time of 1:18.55 and was part of the victorious 4 X 800m relay team as Lehigh took first place at the Army Four-Way Meet on Saturday. She won the 500-meter run by two seconds and Lehigh took the 4 X 800 by 24 seconds over the second-place team. Kendzor earns her first Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Track Athlete of the Week award, and the first in the indoor season for any Mountain Hawk since 2007-08.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
ELISE BUFFINTON, LAFAYETTE Sr., Lewisburg, Pa.
DERRICK PETETT, NAVY Sr., Lexington Park, Md.
Petett claims his second consecutive Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Field Athlete of the Week honor after winning the weight throw with a personal-best toss of 18.35 meters at the Navy Five-Way Meet on Saturday. He set an IC4A standard for the second consecutive week, and easily topped his mark of 17.52 meters from last week against Princeton.
Buffinton excelled in her hometown as she won the pole vault with an ECAC qualifying mark of 3.60 meters at the Bucknell Mini-Meet on Saturday. Buffinton continues to master an event that she won at last year's Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championship, and is named Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Field Athlete of the Week for the first time while becoming Lafayette's first indoor honoree of the award since the 2007-08 season.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
JORDAN WORTHINGTON, ARMY Fr., San Antonio, Texas
Worthington hit the IC4A standard and posted the best mark in the Patriot League this season with a pole vault of 4.80 meters at the Army Four-Way on Saturday. He helped the Black Knights to the team title while winning his first Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Rookie of the Week award.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
COURTNEY AVERY, LEHIGH Fr., Wynantskill, N.Y.
Avery placed first in the high jump at the Army Four-Way meet with an ECAC qualifying mark of 1.70 meters. She helped Lehigh to the team title and earns her first Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Rookie of the Week award.
NICHOLAS PALERMO, NAVY So., Coconut Creek, Fla.
Palermo had an IC4A qualifying and personal-best time of 1:53.74 to finish first in the 800-meter run at the Navy-Five Way on Saturday.
JACOB EATON HALL, BUCKNELL Sr., Elmira, N.Y.
Eaton Hall ran an IC4A qualifying time of 22.53 seconds to win the 200-meter dash at the Bucknell Mini Meet on Saturday.
JACK FELLOWS, BUCKNELL Jr., Cumberland Center, Maine
Fellows won the weight throw at the Bucknell Mini-Meet with an IC4A mark of 17.70 meters.
Patriot League Notebook
Winning the Event
A handful of Patriot League teams came up with victories over the weekend. One week after beating Princeton 94-87 in a dual meet, Navy was the top finisher in its five-way meet in Annapolis on Saturday. The Army men and Lehigh women were victorious in quad meets at West Point on Saturday, while the Navy women claimed first place in the Winter Invitational at home on Thursday.
Busy Week Ahead for League Squads
Colgate and Boston University have not returned to competition in the New Year, but that will change when the Terriers host the Raiders as part of the field at their Multi-Team Meet on Thursday. Eight Patriot League teams will then be in action on Saturday, including Colgate hosting the Class of '32 Invitational in Hamilton and Lehigh welcoming schools to the Angry Birds Invitational in Bethlehem. American and the Navy women are together at the Terrapin Invitational, while the Navy men host Catholic and UMBC. Boston University, Army, Holy Cross and Lafayette will also compete on Saturday. For the full composite schedule, go here
Welcome to the Field
Boston University and Loyola University Maryland are both in their first season in the Patriot League, and thus are new to the track and field scene. The Terriers field squads on both the men and women's side, while the Greyhounds add a 10th member to the women's track and field competition.
Navy Men, Bucknell Women Picked First in Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Preseason Polls
The defending Patriot League indoor track and field champions each earned the top spot in the sport's preseason polls announced on Thursday. The Navy men captured 14 first-place votes and 126 points to come in ahead of Bucknell (109) and Boston University (102), which grabbed the remaining four first-place votes. The rest of the men's poll included Army (91), Lehigh (71), American (54), Lafayette (49), Colgate (25) and Holy Cross (21). The margin was similar on the women's side, with Bucknell also taking home 14 first-place votes with 155 points. Navy followed with 144 points and five first-place votes while Boston University had 130 points and the remaining first-place vote. The rest of the poll order featured Lehigh (116), Army (95), Holy Cross (79), Lafayette (63), Loyola Maryland (46), Colgate (42) and American (30). The 2014 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships will be hosted by Bucknell University at Gerhard Fieldhouse in Lewisburg, Pa. from Feb. 21-23.