Jan. 24, 2012
Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Weekly Release (1.23.12)
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Army, Bucknell, Holy Cross and Lehigh all picked up team titles on either the men's or women's side over the weekend.
Lehigh was the only Patriot League team over the weekend to win team titles in both men's and women's track and field as the two squads finished first at the Mountain Hawk Invite.
The Army men were first at the Harvard Challenge and the Holy Cross women were first at the New Hampshire Invitational, while the Bucknell men won the Gulden Invitational at home.
Colgate finished last on both sides at the Harvard Challenge, but the performances put forward by two student-athletes helped the Raiders sweep the Track Athlete of the Week awards. Graham Tooker posted a pair of IC4A-qualifying performances -- second in 200 (0:21.92) and third in 400 (0:48.68) -- to be named the Male Track Athlete of the Week. Chelsea Burns was first in the 3,000 (9:52.06) and fourth in the mile (4:57.08), both ECAC-qualifying times, en route to being named the Female Track Athlete of the Week.
Bucknell swept the Field Athlete of the Week awards with Tom Barr winning his third weekly award of the season and Sarah Bella winning the second of her career. Barr had two IC4A-qualifying marks, finishing first in the shot put (53-3½) and first in the weight throw (59-5¾). Bella was an ECAC qualifier in the shot put with her second-place finish (45-3¾).
The Bison, who hosted the Gulden Invitational, picked up a third weekly award as Christian Lupica won his third Male Rookie of the Week award after his IC4A time of 8.24 seconds in the 60 hurdles.
Lehigh nabbed the final weekly award with Savanna Plombon being named the Female Rookie of the Week. She posted a pair of first-place finishes, winning the mile (5:03.49) and the 3,200 relay (9:46.28).
Patriot League Notebook
USTFCCCA RELEASES REGION POLL
The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released its first region poll Tuesday, with five Patriot League men's teams and two women's teams cracking the top 15 in their respective regions. The Navy men pulled in the highest ranking, placing fourth in the Mid-Atlantic Region poll with 187.06 points. Bucknell is ninth (119.20) and Lehigh is 10th (115.29).
The Army men are ninth in the Northeast Region with 103.95 and Colgate is 13th (72.60).
On the women's side, Navy is ranked 10th in the Mid-Atlantic Region with 107.34 points and Army is 10th in the Northeast Region with 107.21 points.
The regional team index uses data provided by Track & Field Results Reporting System (TFRRS) for only the 2012 indoor season and is a reflection of a team's all-around strength. The regional team index is scored using the current national-team ranking formula as if there were separate regional championships across the country.
LEHIGH SWEEPS HOME MULTI
The Lehigh men's and women's teams swept the Mountain Hawk Multi Invite over the weekend with the men finishing first out of 13 teams and the women finishing first of 12. Lafayette also competed in the event, finishing fourth on both the men's and women's side.
Lehigh was led by Stephen Tutunjian, who picked up a pair of IC4A-qualifying distances in the triple jump (50-4½) and the long jump (23-3¼). He placed first in the triple jump and second in the long jump. Seth Robinson led the men on the track with his first-place finish in the 60 hurdles (8.42 seconds).
On the women's side, Lehigh was led by Brooke Astor, who finished first in the pentathlon with a score of 3,393 points, just short of an ECAC standard. E'Lana Lemon didn't fall short, winning her fourth straight individual title in the weight throw with a distance of 56-1.
Freshman Savanna Plombon also played a big role, finishing first in two events -- the mile (5:03.49) and the 3,200 relay (9:46.28).
NAVY GOES 2-1 AT QUAD MEET
The Navy men's team finished second out of four teams, posting four individual titles and 10 IC4A-qualifying marks. Senior Paul Neidhardt set a new personal record in the pole vault, winning the event with an IC4A mark of 16-2¾. Senior Chris Ricks placed second in the weight throw with a season-best mark of 59-3. Sophomore Brandon Swindler placed third with a personal-record mark of 55-6½, surpassing the IC4A standard for the first time this season.
Senior Lucas Connelly took first place in the 800 with an IC4A-qualifying time of 1:54.55.
Sophomore Weston Kennedy also qualified in the 1,000 (2:29.52) and senior Matt Evers was second in the 500 (1:04.25), an IC4A-qualifying time and Navy's best in the 500 this season.
In the mile, senior Michael Sheehan placed second (4:13.20) and senior James Pearson was third (4:13.99) with IC4A-qualifying time.
Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Weekly Awards
MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
GRAHAM TOOKER, COLGATE Sr., Devon, Pa.
Tooker posted two IC4A-qualifying performances at the Harvard Challenge, placing second in the 200 (21.92) and third in the 400 (48.68). He also helped the DMR to a third-place finish (10:35.24) and the 1,600 relay to a fifth-place finish (3:39.61). This is Tooker's first Track Athlete of the Week award.
FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
CHELSEA BURNS, COLGATE Sr., Seattle, Wash.
Burns finished first in the 3,000 (9:52.06) and fourth in the mile (4:57.08) at the Harvard Challenge. Both times met ECAC standards. She also finished fifth in the 1,000 (3:00.63). This is Burns' first Track Athlete of the Week award.
MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
TOM BARR, BUCKNELL Sr., Ambler, Pa.
Barr posted two first-place victories at the Gulden Invitational with a pair of IC4A-qualifying performances. He finished first in the shot put (53-3½) and first in the weight throw (59-5¾). He wins his third Field Athlete of the Week this season.
FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
SARAH BELLA, BUCKNELL Sr., Mendham, N.J.
Bella finished second in the shot put with an ECAC distance of 45-3¾ at the Gulden Invitational. She also placed seventh in the weight throw (50-4½). This is her first Field Athlete of the Week award of the season and second of her career.
MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
CHRISTIAN LUPICA, BUCKNELL Fr., Newtown, Pa.
Lupica finished first in the 60 hurdles with an IC4A time of 8.24 at the Gulden Invitational. He also placed second in the 200 (22.32) and seventh in the 60 dash (7.08). This is Lupica's third Rookie of the Week award this season, which ties a Patriot League record (Justin Hicks, Bucknell, 2009-10).
FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
SAVANNA PLOMBON, LEHIGH Fr., Frederick, Md.
Plombon finished first in two events at the Mountain Hawk Invite. She was first in the mile (5:03.49) and the 3,200 relay (9:46.28).
TAYLOR KENSY, ARMY Sr., Holland, N.Y.
Kensy finished second in the 500 at the Harvard Challenge with an IC4A-qualifying time of 1:04.77.
CHELSEA PRAHL, ARMY Sr., Greenville, Mich.
Prahl finished third in the 3,000 at the Harvard Challenge with an ECAC time of 9:56.66.
TOM WAGNER, ARMY Sr., Clinton, N.Y.
Wagner finished first in two events, the high jump (6-8) and the triple jump (47-1½), at the Harvard Challenge. His triple jump distance met an IC4A standard.
CHRIS SACKS, BUCKNELL So., Pound Ridge, N.Y.
Sacks finished first in the mile (4:11.49) and first in the 3,200 relay (7:48.87) at the Gulden Invitational. Both were IC4A-qualifying times.
ADEOLU ADESIDA, LEHIGH Fr., Princeton, N.J.
Adesida finished second in the high jump with an IC4A-qualifying mark of 6-8¼.
STEPHEN TUTUNJIAN, LEHIGH Sr., Shrewsbury, Mass.
Tutunjian posted two IC4A-qualifying performances with a first-place finish in the triple jump (50-4½) and second-place finish in the long jump (23-3¼) at the Mountain Hawk Invite.
MATT EVERS, NAVY Sr., Bellevue, Neb.
Evers finished second in the 500 (1:04.25) and first in the 1,600 relay (3:18.27) at the Navy Quad Meet. Both times met IC4A standards.
PAUL NEIDHARDT, NAVY Sr., Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Neidhardt was first in the pole vault (16-2¾) at the Navy Quad Meet, meeting an IC4A standard.