Jan. 16, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- There were several postseason qualifying performances over the weekend as seven out of eight Patriot League teams were in action.
The Lehigh women and the Army men each had big weekends in the 6-Way Meet at West Point, N.Y., Saturday, while both the Navy men's and women's programs picked up wins at the Navy Open.
All four squads had first-place finishes and all four had weekly award winners in the Patriot League.
Army nabbed three winners with Tom Wagner (Male Field Athlete), Patrick Taylor (Male Rookie) and Lisa Junta (Female Rookie) posting great performances at the Army 6-Way Meet.
Navy's duo of Cody Rome and Jess Palacio swept the Track Athlete of the Week awards, and Lehigh's E'Lana Lemon won yet another Female Field Athlete of the Week award.
Palacio's time in the 1,000 (2:49.53) was a Navy school record and a Wesley Brown Field House record. Her mile time (4:45.52) was the second-best time in Navy history, behind only her school record. Both times were below the ECAC standard and helped the Mids finish first out of six teams at the Navy Open.
Palacio now owns five school records (every middle distance school record) and she is the school-record holder in the indoor 800, 1,000 and mile, and the outdoor 800 and 1,500. Palacio tops the Patriot League performance list in the 1,000, mile and 3,000 so far this season. Her mile time is currently the seventh-best in the NCAA in 2011-12.
Rome, last season's Indoor Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, competed in his first event of the season, finishing first in the 3,000 with an IC4A-qualifying time of 8:18.25. Rome helped the Mids finish first out of six teams.
Army's Wagner also had a big weekend, falling 0.01 meters short of a Black Knight record in the high jump. His jump of 7¼ feet was an IC4A-qualifying mark and he became only the second Black Knight to rise above the 7-foot mark. He helped Army finish first out of six teams at the Army 6-Way Meet. The height ranks first among Patriot League performers this season.
A pair of his teammates, both freshmen, also had decent weekends, including Lisa Junta, who won the Female Rookie of the Week award for the second straight week. This week, she earns the honor after posting an ECAC-time in the 5,000 with a 17:11.54. The time ranks second all-time at West Point and it ranks second in the NCAA this season. She has won both of her collegiate races thus far in her career. She opened her career with a win in the 3,000 at the Crowell Open on Jan. 7.
Taylor didn't meet any postseason qualifying marks, but he did finish first in two events helping the Black Knights win the Army 6-Way Meet. He was the top finisher in the 400 (50.30) and he was a member of the first-place 1,600 relay team (3:21.87).
The Lehigh women took the top spot at the Army 6-Way Meet, with E'Lana Lemon leading the way. She finished first in the weight throw with a distance of 54-6, an ECAC-qualifying mark. The junior won the Female Field Athlete of the Week award for the seventh time in her career and now sits five away from tying the Patriot League record of 12.
Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Weekly Awards
MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
CODY ROME, NAVY Sr., Eagle, Idaho
Rome finished first in the 3,000 at the Navy Open Saturday, posting an IC4A-qualifying time of 8:18.25. This was Rome's first event of the indoor track and field season. This is the third time he has won the indoor Track Athlete of the Week award in his career.
FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
JESS PALACIO, NAVY Sr., Sun Valley, Nev.
Palacio finished first in the mile (4:45.52) and the 1,000 (2:49.53), both ECAC times, at the Navy Open. This is her second indoor weekly award of the season and sixth of her career, which breaks the Patriot League record (Keira Carlstrom, American, 2002-06). She won four times last season.
MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
TOM WAGNER, ARMY Sr., Clinton, N.Y.
Wagner finished first in the high jump, helping the Black Knights finish first in a six-team meet at West Point Saturday. His height of 7¼ feet bested an IC4A-qualifying mark as he became only the second student-athlete at Army to rise above the 7-foot mark. He was 0.01 meters off the Army record.
FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
E'LANA LEMON, LEHIGH Jr., West Orange, N.J.
Lemon finished first in the weight throw (54-6), helping the Mountain Hawks place first out of six teams at Army. This is her third weekly award of the season and seventh of her career. (The Patriot League record is 12.)
MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
PATRICK TAYLOR, ARMY Fr., Fairfax, Va.
Taylor finished first in two events helping the Black Knights win the Army 6-Way Meet. He was the top finisher in the 400 (50.30) and he was a member of the first-place 1,600 relay team (3:21.87). This is his first indoor weekly award.
FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
LISA JUNTA, ARMY Fr., Springfield, Va.
Junta wins her second straight Rookie of the Week award after posting an ECAC-qualifying time of 17:11.54 (converted time) in the 5,000 at the Army 6-Way Meet. Her time was the second fastest among all NCAA runners this season.
JOSH OLSEN, AMERICAN Sr., Thompson, Conn.
Olsen finished second in the 3,000 at the Navy Open with an IC4A-qualifying time of 8:24.92.
JOELLE NEILSON, LAFAYETTE Sr., Philadelphia, Pa.
Neilson finished second and met ECAC-qualifying marks in a pair of events, the long jump (18-11¼) and the triple jump (39-1¼), at Saturday Night at the Armory meet.
JEROME RUDOLPH, LAFAYETTE Sr., Lithonia, Ga.
Rudolph finished second in the long jump with an IC4A distance of 23-2¾ at Saturday Night at the Armory meet.
STEPHEN TUTUNJIAN, LEHIGH Sr., Shrewsbury, Mass.
Tutunjian finished first in the triple jump (48-0) and fifth in the long jump (21-5¼) at the Army 6-Way Meet. The triple jump distance was an IC4A-qualifying mark.
CHRIS RICKS, NAVY Sr., Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Ricks finished first in the weight throw with a toss of 57-6¼ at the Navy Open.
AMANDA PHELPS, NAVY Sr., Oceanside, Calif.
Phelps finished third in the weight throw (53-0¼) and fifth in the shot put (40-9¾) at the Navy Open. Her weight throw distance meet an ECAC standard.