Lehigh's E'Lana Lemon set a standard with her 13th-career Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Field Athlete of the Week honor on Monday.
Feb. 5, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held at Army's Gillis Field House from Feb. 15-17, and fans can only hope the event will be as dramatic as the dual meet the Black Knights staged with rival Navy on Sunday.
Navy edged the Black Knights in both the men (93-88) and women's (97-84) competition, with outstanding individual efforts from student-athletes on both sides. Eight men's and two women's marks during the event were the top standards in the Patriot League this season, led by Navy's Weston Kennedy with the best time in the League this year in both the mile and 1,000-meter run. The Mids defeated the Black Knights for the second straight season on the men's side and eighth in a row in the women's competition.
Navy had four student-athletes earn weekly awards from the Patriot League following the winning weekend, with Mark Vetere and Austin Batiste joining Kennedy on the men's side and Ashley Welker earning the Women's Rookie of the Week honor. Also earning weekly awards were Bucknell's Caroline Tolli and Lehigh's E'Lana Lemon, who set a League record with her 13th career M-F Athletic Female Field Athlete of the Week honor.
Patriot League Track and Field Weekly Awards
M-F ATHLETIC MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
WESTON KENNEDY, NAVY Jr., Sugarland, Texas
Kennedy won both the 1,000-meter and mile runs at the Navy-Army dual meet on Sunday, posting IC4A-qualifying times of 2:25.96 in the 1,000m and 4:06.79 in the mile. He helped Navy to a 93-88 win over the Black Knights, and both times were the best in the Patriot League this season. He is the only track athlete to hold the top time in the Patriot League in two different events this season.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
CAROLINE TOLLI, BUCKNELL Sr., Lockport, N.Y.
Tolli posted career-best times to win both the 800 and 1,000-meter runs at the Youngstown Invitational on Friday. Both of her marks were ECAC-qualifying times as Tolli ran the 800m in 2:13.17 and the 1,000m in 2:50.88. The latter mark was a school record and the top time in the Patriot League this season, while the 800m time was a close second among all League competitors.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
MARK VETERE, NAVY So., Andover, Mass.
Vetere won the pole vault at the Navy-Army meet with a personal-best and IC4A height of 16-9¼ (5.11m). The height is tied for the fourth-best mark in school history and tops teammate Jiles Maness as the best mark in the Patriot League this season. He surpassed the IC4A height for the fourth time this season and won the pole vault for the third time.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
E'LANA LEMON, LEHIGH Sr., West Orange, N.J.
Lemon wins her 13th all-time Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Field Athlete of the Week, besting Bucknell's Marjoie Grap (2004-07) for the most in League history. She set yet another personal best in the weight throw with a toss of 18.16 meters at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational on Friday. Lemon finished 11th in the event as the Mountain Hawks competed against some of the best teams in the nation including No. 1 Clemson. It was her fourth consecutive week with a personal record and once again set a standard for the event in the Patriot League. It is her fifth honor this season and fourth in a row, tying Grap's League records from the 2006-07 season in both categories.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
AUSTIN BATISTE, NAVY Fr., Long Beach, Calif.
Batiste recorded three IC4A-qualifying times at the Navy-Army dual on Sunday, establishing the marks in the 200-meter (21.87) and 400-meter (48.31) races while also running on a 4 X 400 relay team that clocked a time of 3:19.07. The 200-meter time was third in the Patriot League this season, while the 400-meter mark tops all League competitors. A Navy freshman has won the Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Rookie of the Week honor five straight times, with Batiste claiming it twice in that stretch.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ASHLEY WELKER, NAVY Fr., Stevenson Ranch, Calif.
Welker posted a pair of ECAC-qualifying times at the Navy-Army dual meet on Sunday, clocking a 2:13.63 to win the 800-meter run and racing on the Mids' 4 X 800-meter relay team which posted a 9:24.27. The performances helped Navy to a 97-84 win for its fifth straight victory against its rival. It was the third-best mark in the 800m in the Patriot League this season.
MARK ALLEN, AMERICAN Sr., Miami, Fla.
Allen placed second in the 5,000-meter run at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational, clocking a time of 14:17.05 that ranks as the top mark in the Patriot League this season.
KYLER MARTIN, ARMY Sr., Vacaville, Calif.
Martin won the 60-meter hurdles at the Navy-Army dual meet on Sunday with a time of 8.03, the best mark in the Patriot League this season.
STEVYN SPEES, ARMY Fr., Columbus, Ohio
Spees won the 500-meter race at the Navy-Army dual with a Patriot League-best time of 1:04.96, and was part of Army's 4 X 400 relay team which set a League standard with a time of 3:16.03.
CHRISTIAN LUPICA, BUCKNELL So., Newtown, Pa.
Lupica set IC4A-qualifying times in the 60-meter hurdles (8.04), 60-meter run (6.93) and 4 X 400 relay (3:18.75) at the Youngstown Invitational on Friday.
ELISE BUFFINTON, LAFAYETTE Jr., Lewisburg, Pa.
Buffinton tied her school record, which is the best mark in the Patriot League this season, with a leap of 3.80 meters in the pole vault at the Covert Classic at Lehigh on Saturday.
TERONDA BROWN, NAVY Jr., Angleton, Texas
Brown bested her own Patriot League-best mark with a toss of 14.19 meters to win the shot put at the Army-Navy dual meet on Sunday.
ALICIA MINELLA, COLGATE So., Kennett Square, Pa.
Minella set a Patriot League standard with a time of 56.15 in the 400-meter run at the Giegengack Invitational on Saturday.
Patriot League Notebook
Top Marks Posted Throughout the Weekend
With the Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships approaching, student-athletes are putting up better marks each week to go up against their competition. Eleven of the 20 top times or marks on the men's side were posted over the weekend, while seven of the 20 were put up on the women's lists. Navy holds six of the top men's marks, four of which came over the weekend, while Bucknell has five. Army has four top men's times, all of which came against the Mids on Sunday. The women's lists continue to show great balance, with seven schools having at least one student-athlete that leads the Patriot League after Colgate's Alicia Minella posted the top time of the year in the 400-meter run on Saturday. Six other schools have multiple top marks this season, including Bucknell and Navy with four apiece and Holy Cross, Army and Lehigh with three each. Six schools posted a top time over the weekend, led by Bucknell with both Caroline Tolli in the 1,000-meter run and a team mark in the 4 X 400m relay.
For all of the top men and women's performances in the Patriot League this season, go to the Direct Athletics website here
Five Individuals with Multiple Top Times
Two women's track student-athletes continue to lead the way on the top times lists, with Holy Cross' Stephanie Okpeobo still holding the marks in both the 60 and 200-meter runs and Army's Lisa Junta with the top time in the mile and 3,000-meter runs while coming in second in the 5,000-meter run. Lehigh's Brooke Astor has the top 60-meter hurdle time as well as the best pentathlon score, while her men's counterpart Ryan Paquin is No. 1 in both the long jump and heptathlon. There is now just one men's track athlete with the top time in more than one event, with Navy's Weston Kennedy as the standard-bearer in both the 1,000-meter run and the mile.
Throwing Their Weight Around
Bucknell's Leonard Joseph and Lehigh's E'Lana Lemon only have one top mark each, but what a mark it is. Both weight throwers have dominated their competition throughout the season. Joseph has the top men's mark at 19.83 meters, more than one meter ahead of the closest Patriot League competition. Lemon has set a career-best in four consecutive weeks including a toss of 18.16 meters on Saturday, nearly 0.5 meters in front of the next Patriot Leaguer. Both student-athletes have benefitted with a bounty of weekly awards, as Joseph became the all-time leader in Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Field Athlete of the Week awards last week while Lemon set the standard with her 13th-career Female Field Athlete of the Week honor on Monday.
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
The final weekend before the Patriot League Championships includes competition for seven teams. Army, Lafayette and Lehigh will all compete in the Lafayette-Rider Invitational in New York City on Friday, while Colgate and Holy Cross will head to the Valentine Invitational at future Patriot League member Boston University on both Friday and Saturday. Bucknell hosts its Winter Classic on Saturday while the Navy men play host to an event on Thursday and the Navy women are in competition on Saturday.
For the full indoor track and field schedule, go here