Jan. 29, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The 2014 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships are not far away, but first two of the biggest rivalries in the League are taking center stage.
Last week it was Lehigh-Lafayette in the spotlight, with the Mountain Hawks sweeping their rivals with a 111.5-69.5 win in the men's competition and 102-79 in the women's. Lehigh avenged last year's loss to Lafayette on the men's side, while winning the women's contest against the Leopards for the sixth year in a row.
Next up is Army-Navy, who clash in the Star Meet in Annapolis on Saturday at 11 a.m. Navy has dominated the indoor women's competition with the Black Knights with eight consecutive wins, and has won two straight on the men's side to push its all-time mark against Army to 27-25-2.
Patriot League Track and Field Weekly Awards
M-F ATHLETIC MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
CHRISTIAN LUPICA, BUCKNELL Jr., Newtown, Pa.
Lupica took first place in both the 60-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash at the Gulden Invitational on Saturday in Lewisburg, and hit IC4A marks in both events. He ran a time of 7.92 in the 60-meter hurdles to break his own school record of 8.03 and the facility record of 7.99 set in 2008. His winning time of 21.85 in the 200-meter dash put Lupica just one one-hundreth off of his own facility record and three-tenths off his own school record. He claims the fourth Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Track Athlete of the Week honor of his indoor career, and second this season.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
M-F ATHLETIC MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
ZACK DUNCAVAGE, NAVY Sr., League City, Texas
JULIA SULLIVAN, AMERICAN Sr., Northampton, Mass.
Sullivan finished 11th in the mile at the Terrier Invitational with a time of 4:50.71, qualifying for ECACs by more than eight seconds. It was also the third-fastest time in program history and put Sullivan as the top Patriot League finisher in the race. She earns her first Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Track Athlete of the Week award of the season, and first for an American student-athlete since 2010-11.
Duncavage set IC4A standards in both the shot put and weight throw for the second week in a row. He placed second in each event at the Wesley A. Brown Invitational at Navy on Saturday, recording a mark of 18.42 meters in the weight throw and 16.28 in the shot put. Of Navy's 22 IC4A qualifers in the event, Duncavage was the only Mid to earn marks in two events. He is named Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Field Athlete of the Week for the second straight week.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
RACHEL PENA, LAFAYETTE Sr., Ridgefield Park, N.J.
Pena won the weight throw against rival Lehigh on Saturday by recording a toss of 18.16 meters, shattering the ECAC standard of 16.00. She also placed first in the shot put and just missed ECAC qualification with a mark of 13.39 meters. Both are the top marks in the Patriot League this year, with the shot put toss marking a career best and the weight throw as Pena's standard for the season. She earns her first Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Field Athlete of the Week award of the season.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
KHAALIF WOLFE, NAVY Fr., Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Wolfe won the triple jump at the Wesley A. Brown Invitational with a personal-best leap of 14.27 meters. He is named Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Rookie of the Week for the second time this season.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
COURTNEY AVERY, LEHIGH Fr., Wynantskill, N.Y.
Avery won the high jump against rival Lafayette on Saturday with a mark of 1.73 meters, getting past the ECAC standard of 1.70. She broke the school record of 1.72 that had been set back in 2001 by Justina Barone as Lehigh beat Lafayette for the sixth straight time with a 102-79 victory. Avery is named Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Rookie of the Week for the second time this season.
RICH PETERS, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., Bristol, England
Peters broke the school record and shattered the IC4A standard with a time of 7:52.61 in the 3,000-meter run at the John Thomas Terrier Invitaitonal on Saturday.
STEPHANIE OKPOEBO, HOLY CROSS Sr., Chelmsford, Mass.
Okpoebo won both the 60-meter and 200-meter dash at the Joe Donahue Games in Boston, hitting the ECAC-qualifying time at 7.68 in the 60m and missing the standard by just one one-hundredth of a second at 25.05 in the 200m.
BROOKE ASTOR, LEHIGH Sr., Milltown, N.J.
Astor won the 60-meter (7.80), 60-meter hurdles (8.58) and long jump (5.58 meters) in Lehigh's 102-79 win over rival Lafayette on Saturday. She set personal bests in all three events, and school records in both the 60m and 60m hurdles.
RAY HOLMES, BUCKNELL Sr., Campbell, N.Y.
Holmes qualified for the IC4As in the triple jump with a mark of 15.06 meters, the top standard in the Patriot League this season.
AUSTIN BATISTE, NAVY So., Long Beach, Calif.
Batiste won the 400-meter race at the Wesley A. Brown Invitational with an IC4A-qualifying time of 47.90.
NICK REGAN, AMERICAN Jr., Kensington, Md.
Regan placed third in the 3,000-meter run at the Hoya Spike Shoe Club Invitational with a time of 8:24.29 to qualify for IC4As and set a personal-best.
SAM McGRATH, HOLY CROSS Sr., Tyngsboro, Mass.
McGrath won the 800-meter run at the Joe Donahue Games in Boston with an IC4A-qualifying time of 1:53.86.
MARTIN OTIENO, LEHIGH Sr., East Orange, N.J.
Otieno won both the 60-meter and 200-meter and ran on the winning 4 X 400m relay team in Lehigh's 111.5-69.5 win over rival Lafayette on Saturday, and hit the IC4A-qualifying time with a 6.97 mark in the 60m.
Patriot League Notebook
Busy Weekend Ahead
The Army-Navy competition is far from the only highlight as Patriot League teams gear up with the championships approaching in three weeks. All 10 teams will see action this weekend, which includes Bucknell hosting Lafayette as part of the field at the Bison Open & Multi on Friday and Saturday. American, Colgate, Lehigh, Loyola and Navy will also head to invitationals while Holy Cross visits Maine for a dual meet. For the full composite schedule, go here
Some of the top competitors in the Patriot League are gearing up for the League Championships and beyond by shattering standards for the ECAC and IC4A. Bucknell's Christian Lupica (60m hurdles, 200m dash) and Navy's Zack Duncavage (shot put, weight throw) each set IC4A marks in a pair of events last week, while Boston University's Rich Peters took down the school record in the 3,000-meter run to easily hit a standard. Lafayette's Rachel Pena easily eclipsed an ECAC mark in the weight throw while nearly hitting one in the shotput, while American's Julia Sullivan surpassed an ECAC mark in the mile.
2014 Patriot League Championships
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. All 10 schools will compete in the women's event, with nine fielding squads on the men's side.
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).