Navy's Kyle Satterwhite
Jan. 29, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships are less than three weeks away, and it's becoming clear there will be a heavy favorite in at least one event on both the men and women's sides.
Bucknell senior Leonard Joseph and Lehigh senior E'Lana Lemon continued their dominance in the weight throw, each setting personal bests over the weekend and establishing more records on Monday with their Patriot League weekly awards.
Joseph set a career mark on Friday at Penn State and bettered it at the Bison Open & Multi on Saturday with a toss of 19.83 meters, putting him among the top 15 competitors in the nation this season. On Monday he won his eighth-career Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Field Athlete of the Week honor, passing former Bucknell standout Tyler Hoffman (2003-07) for the most in League history.
Lemon received her 12th all-time Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Field Athlete of the Week award, tying Bucknell's Marjorie Grap (2004-07) for the most in League history. She set a personal best in the weight throw for the third straight week by recording an ECAC-qualifying mark of 18.10 meters at the Lafayette/Lehigh Dual Meet on Saturday.
More and Joseph and Lemon as well as the rest of the Patriot League weekly award winners is inclued below.
Patriot League Track and Field Weekly Awards
M-F ATHLETIC MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
KYLE SATTERWHITE, NAVY Sr., Charlottesville, Va.
Satterwhite clocked an IC4A-qualifying time of 8:10.59 in the 3,000-meter run at Navy's Wesley Brown Invitational on Saturday. It was a personal-best time for Satterwhite and ranks first in the Patriot League and 38th in the nation this season. Satterwhite claims his first Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Track Athlete of the Week honor.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
BETH BRAUNEGG, BUCKNELL Jr., Williamsport, Pa.
Braunegg set an ECAC-qualifying mark with a time of 2:53.03 in the 1,000-meter run at the Penn State National Invitational on Saturday. She won the unseeded heat with a career-best time that ranks second in program history. Braunegg claims her first Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Track Athlete of the Week award.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
LEONARD JOSEPH, BUCKNELL Sr., Whitesboro, N.Y.
Joseph becomes the all-time leader in Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Field Athlete of the Week awards, earning his eighth-career honor in style by setting a personal best in the weight throw at the Penn State National Invitational on Friday and then topping it with an even greater mark at the Bison Open & Multi on Saturday. Joseph placed third in the event at Penn State with a mark of 19.37 meters, then blew it away with a toss of 19.83 meters at the Bison Open & Multi to place second overall and first among collegiate competitors. Both throws were easily IC4A-qualifying marks, with the 19.83-meter toss ranking second all-time at Bucknell and placing Joseph among the top 15 competitors in the nation this season. Joseph earns his fourth Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Field Athlete of the Week honor of the season, and second consecutive award.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
E'LANA LEMON, LEHIGH Sr., West Orange, N.J.
Lemon set a personal best in the weight throw for the third straight week by recording an ECAC-qualifying mark of 18.10 meters at the Lafayette/Lehigh Dual Meet on Saturday. It was the top mark in the Patriot League this season. Lemon earns her 12th all-time Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Field Athlete of the Week award, tying Bucknell's Marjorie Grap (2004-07) for the most in League history. It is her fourth honor this season, and third in as many weeks.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
JILES MANESS, NAVY Fr., Winston-Salem, N.C.
Maness won the pole vault at Navy's Wesley Brown Invitational on Saturday by recording a height of 5.10 meters, the top mark in the Patriot League this year which also placed him in the top 50 nationally. The IC4A-qualifying mark was a personal best for the freshman and the fifth-best during the indoor season in Navy history. He is ranked No. 1 in the Patriot League in the pole vault, the only freshman to lead a field event in the conference. Maness wins the M-F Athletic Male Rookie of the Week honor for the second time this season and becomes the fourth different Navy freshman to win the award in as many weeks.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
DEVIN SMITH, LAFAYETTE Fr., Andover, N.J.
Smith ran the top 400-meter dash in the Patriot League this season with an ECAC-qualifying time of 56.71 at the Lafayette/Lehigh Dual Meet on Saturday. She is named M-F Athletic Female Rookie of the Week for the third time this season, tying three other student-athletes for the most in Patriot League history.
KEVIN TAPPER, BUCKNELL So., Elk Ridge, Md.
Tapper ran an IC4A-qualifying and Patriot League-best time of 1:04.28 in the 500-meter run at the Penn State National Invitational over the weekend.
KYLER MARTIN, ARMY Sr., Vacaville, Calif.
Martin posted an IC4A-qualifying mark with a time of 8.11 in the 60-meter hurdles at College Night at The Armony on Satudray.
ELISE BUFFINTON, LAFAYETTE Jr., Lewisburg, Pa.
Buffinton posted a mark of 3.80 meters in the pole vault at the Lafayette/Lehigh Dual Meet on Saturday to set yet another ECAC-qualifying standard and break her own school record.
BRIGID BYRNE, NAVY Sr., Vienna, Va.
Byrne ran a converted time of 9:56.21 in the 3,000-meter run at the Patriot Games on Saturday, which ranks second in the Patriot League and gives her an ECAC-qualifying time.
Patriot League Notebook
One Rivalry Down, One to Go
Lafayette-Lehigh and Army-Navy are the two most heated rivalries across the Patriot League, and the schools are taking their competition to the track in the indoor season. The Leopards and Mountain Hawks split a competitive matchup at Lehigh's Rauch Fieldhouse on Saturday, with Lafayette winning 91-89 on the men's side and Lehigh taking a 97-84 victory in the women's event. The Lafayette men claimed the win in dramatic fashion, besting Lehigh in the 4 X 800 and 4 X 400 relays to come from behind in the last two events. The Leopards beat Lehigh by one second in the 4 X 800 relay to complete the comeback. On the other side, the Lehigh women did just enough to hold off Lafayette in part because of wins in the 1,000-meter and mile runs by senior Julia Perry. Next up is the Navy-Army matchup at West Point on Sunday, with the women's competition at Noon and the men's following at 3:30 p.m.
Bucknell, Navy Men Continue to Post Outstanding Weekend Marks
Bucknell and Navy were each picked first in the Patriot League men's indoor track and field preseason poll, and both teams have showed why throughout the season. Each team had multiple top times and marks for the Patriot League over the weekend, with Bucknell's Kevin Tapper (500-meter run), Ray Holmes (triple jump) and Leonard Joseph (weight throw) setting League standards along with Navy's Weston Kennedy (Mile), Kyle Satterwhite (3,000-meter run) and Jiles Maness (pole vault). The Navy distance medley relay team also posted the best time in the Patriot League this season. Bucknell holds eight and Navy six of the top times or marks across the 20 events for Patriot League men's indoor track and field this season.
More Diversity on the Women's Side
While the men's top marks have been dominated by two schools, the women's side has produced standout performances from student-athletes on a number of different teams. That was shown again over the weekend when most of the top marks for the season came from student-athletes on Lafayette, Holy Cross and Lehigh. For the Leopards, Devin Smith (400-meter run), Elise Buffinton (pole vault) and Brittany Powell (triple jump) had top marks. Lehigh's E'Lana Lemon (weight throw) and Brooke Astor (60-meter hurdles) had top marks along with Holy Cross' Stephaine Okpoebo (60-meter dash) and Brittany Gorski (800-meter run). Navy's 4 X 800 meter relay team and Bucknell's distance medley relay squad also had standout performances as the top times or marks of the season were posted in nine events over the weekend. Six different schools have multiple top times or marks in the Patriot League this season, led by Army with five and Navy with four.
For all of the top men and women's performances in the Patriot League this season, go to the Direct Athletics website here
Six individuals with multiple top times
Bucknell's Kevin Tapper became the latest student-athlete with the top mark in the Patriot League this season in more than one event when he posted the best time of the season in the 500-meter run on Friday to go with his mark set in the 400-meters on Jan. 19. Also on the men's side, Bucknell's Christian Lupica has the top tim in the 200-meter run and 60-meter hurdles while Lehigh's Ryan Paquin has the top long jump and highest score in the heptathlon. For the women, Army's Lisa Junta has the top time in the mile and 3,000-meter runs, and is just over a second away from the best mark in the 5,000-meter run. Holy Cross' Stephanie Okpoebo has the fastest time in the 60 and 200-meter dashes while Lehigh's Brooke Astor has the top 60-meter hurdle time 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
While the Army-Navy matchup on Sunday highlights the weekend, the other six schools will all be in action beforehand on either Friday or Saturday. American and Lafayette are both at the New Balance Collegiate Invitional in New York City on Friday and Saturday, with Lehigh joining the schools on Friday before returning home for the Covert Classic on Saturday. Bucknell competes at the Youngstown Invitational and Colgate is at the Geigengack Invite on Friday and Saturday, while Holy Cross pays a visit to Maine on Saturday.
For the full indoor track and field schedule, go here