Navy's Amanda Phelps
Feb. 6, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — There have been many great performances this indoor track and field season, but Bucknell’s Tom Barr and Navy’s Jess Palacio have continued to hit postseason qualifying marks and substantially pass the qualifying standards.
Barr did it again both in the shot put and the weight throw, blowing by the IC4A standards with a toss of 54-11¼ in the shot put and 63-5 in the weight throw. His distance in the shot put was a new school record beating his previous record by 10¾ inches.
Barr was named the Patriot League Male Field Athlete of the Week for the third straight week and fifth time this season, setting a new single-season record.
He helped Bucknell sweep the men’s awards as Jordan Donaldson was named the Male Track Athlete of the Week and freshman Alex Jagelsky was named the Male Rookie of the Week.
Donaldson qualified for the IC4As in two events — first in the 500 (1:04.22) and second in the 800 (1:53.21) — and Jagelsky finished first in the 1,000 with an IC4A time of 2:27.68.
Palacio scored one of Navy’s two weekly awards with her League record eighth career Female Track Athlete of the Week award and fourth of this season. She posted three ECAC-qualifying times this weekend in the Mids’ win over Army, winning the 1,000 (2:54.90) and the mile (4:57.58), while placing second in the 3,000 (9:52.71).
Her teammate, Amanda Phelps, won the Female Field Athlete of the Week award with a pair of ECAC-qualifying performances in the weight throw (57-7½) and the shot put (44-4) at the Star Meet. It was her fourth career weekly award and second this season.
Army’s Lisa Junta was named the Female Rookie of the Week for the third time this season, tying a Patriot League record. She posted an ECAC time in the 3,000 (9:51.34), edging out Navy’s Palacio for first place.
Also having a great day for Army was senior Tom Wagner, who posted three first-place finishes with IC4A heights in all three. He won the high jump (6-10¼), long jump (23-5¼) and triple jump (46-11). Wagner was one of 13 honorable mentions as there were many IC4A and ECAC qualifiers in the Patriot League over the weekend.
Seven of eight teams will be in action this weekend as the regular season comes to a close. The Patriot League Championships will begin on Friday, Feb. 17, and go through Sunday, Feb. 19, at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa.
Patriot League Notebook
USTFCCCA RELEASES REGION POLL
The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released its first region poll Tuesday, Jan. 24, 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.
PALACIO ON A ROLL
Navy senior distance runner Jess Palacio has had a strong career for the Mids, winning several Patriot League honors.
She most recently won the individual title in cross country, and has been named an Outstanding Track Athlete of the Meet three times in her career, including twice last season at both the indoor and outdoor championships. She also earned the award at the 2010 outdoor meet.
She can make it four straight at this year’s championship if she continues to run like she has all season.
Palacio has now been the top collegiate finisher in 20 of her last 21 individual indoor races.
She added a pair of first-place finishes at the Army-Navy Star Meet Saturday, winning the 1,000 and the mile. She also placed second in the 3,000, helping Navy beat Army 112.5-68.5.
Palacio also has a decent shot at making the NCAA Championships if she remains in the top 14 in the nation in the mile. Her mile time of 4:38.43 at the Navy Women’s Classic on Jan. 28 places her eighth in the nation. Palacio, whose time was just 1.43 seconds off the NCAA automatic qualifying standard of 4:37.00, will have to either meet the standard in the next couple weeks or stay in the top 14 to become just the fifth female student-athlete from the Patriot League to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
RAISING THE BARR
Bucknell senior Tom Barr has had a big season in the field for the Bison and looks to keep it going as the Patriot League Championships are less than two weeks away.
The Bison, who swept the men’s and women’s titles during the 2011 outdoor season, will host the indoor championship from Feb. 17-19. Bucknell has not won the men’s indoor championship since 1993 when the Bison wrapped up their third straight title. Since then, it’s been a back-and-forth battle between Army and Navy.
The Mids won last season, but Barr said he’s hoping the Bison can use the momentum from the outdoor titles to defend their home track.
Barr will be a big part of that as he has had several IC4A performances in the shot put and weight throw this season. He continues to impress with the weight throw, posting his career-best mark of 63-9½ at the Penn State National Invitational late in January and setting a school record in the shot put on Feb. 4 with a distance of 54-11¼ at the Youngstown Invite.
Barr set a Patriot League single-season record with his fifth Male Field Athlete of the Week award won on Feb. 6, breaking the prior record of four, set by Bucknell’s Tyler Hoffman (2006-07) and Leonard Joseph (2010-11).
Last season, Barr won the shot put at the League Championships, earning First Team All-League honors with a toss of 52-11.
2011-12 PRESEASON POLL
The men’s indoor track and field season came to a dramatic end at the Patriot League Championships last season and the preseason poll suggests that a similar exciting finish is on tap for the 2011-12 Patriot League season.
The Army men, who were narrowly defeated by Navy at the Patriot League Indoor Championships last season, edged out the Mids in the 2011-12 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Preseason Poll announced by the League Monday. The Navy women, who had an easier time winning the 2010-11 title, were picked to finish first in the preseason poll that is voted on by Patriot League coaches and sports information directors.
The Navy women garnered 11 first-place votes and 95 points to finish as the preseason favorites to win the 2011-12 title, which will be competed for on Feb. 17-19 at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa.
Bucknell, last season’s outdoor champion, finished second in the women’s poll with 88 points and five first-place votes. Army edged out Lehigh 69-68 for third, while Lafayette (39), Colgate (38) and Holy Cross (36) were separated by three points. American was eighth with 15 points.
On the men’s side, Army scored 90 points with eight first-place votes to finish just ahead of Navy, which had 88 points and four first-place votes. Bucknell was third with 78 points and four first-place votes. Lehigh came in fourth (62), while American was three points ahead of Lafayette with 46. Colgate (26) was seventh and Holy Cross (15) was eighth.
The Navy women return several individual indoor champions from last season, including Track Athlete of the Meet Jess Palacio, who was a double winner on the final day of the championship, collecting titles in the mile and the 800. In all, Navy won nine events to score 157 team points to beat second-place Bucknell (117 points).
The Navy men had a tougher time winning last year, rallying in the final two relays to surpass Army for the title. The Mids trailed by 32 points with four events left, but Cody Rome won the 3,000 and Ryan Kochert won the pole vault prior to Navy’s sweep of the DMR and 1,600 relay. The wins in those four events gave Navy the 171-165 win over Army, which had won two straight titles prior to last season. Army returns the indoor long jump champion in Michael Hutchins.
Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Weekly Awards
MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
JORDAN DONALDSON, BUCKNELL Sr., Saxton, Pa.
Donaldson earned a pair of IC4A-qualifying times in the 500 (1:04.22) and the 800 (1:53.21) at the Youngstown State Invitational Saturday. He has three wins this winter and has finished no lower than second place in his five events. This is his first weekly award.
FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
JESS PALACIO, NAVY Sr., Sun Valley, Nev.
Palacio put together three ECAC-qualifying marks and finished first in three events at the Navy-Army dual meet. Palacio finished first in the 1,000 (2:54.90), first in the mile (4:57.58) and second in the 3,000 (9:52.71). She wins the weekly award for the fourth time this season and eighth time in her career.
MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
TOM BARR, BUCKNELL Sr., Ambler, Pa.
Barr finished first in the weight throw (63-5) and second in the shot put (54-11¼) with IC4A-qualifying distances, breaking his school record in the shot put by 10¾ inches. Barr wins the weekly award for the fifth time this season, setting a new single-season Patriot League record.
FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
AMANDA PHELPS, NAVY Sr., Oceanside, Calif.
Phelps finished first in the weight throw at the Navy-Army dual meet with an ECAC distance of 58-7½. She also had an ECAC distance in the shot put, finishing second with a throw of 44-4. This is Phelps’ second award this season and fourth of her career.
MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ALEX JAGELSKY, BUCKNELL Fr., Rutland, Mass.
Jagelsky finished first in the 1,000 with an IC4A time of 2:27.68 at the Youngstown Invitational. He also placed sixth in the 800 with a time of 1:54.09.
FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
LISA JUNTA, ARMY Fr., Yorkville, Ill.
Junta wins her third and Army’s fourth Rookie of the Week award this season with her ECAC time in the 3,000 (9:51.34) at the Army-Navy dual. With her third award, she ties a Patriot League record.
JOSH OLSEN, AMERICAN Sr., Thomaston, Conn.
Olsen finished fifth in the 5,000 at the New Balance Championships with a time of 14:27.64, qualifying for IC4As.
MICHAEL HOFFMAN, ARMY So., Moraga, Calif.
Hoffman finished first in the 200 with an IC4A time of 22.09 seconds in a dual meet against Navy.
TOM WAGNER, ARMY Sr., Clinton, N.Y.
Wagner finished first and qualified for the IC4As in three events in a dual meet against Navy. He won the high jump (6-10¼), long jump (23-5¼) and triple jump (46-11).
HANA CASALNOVA, BUCKNELL So., Grove City, Pa.
Casalnova finished second in the 1,000 (2:52.96) with an ECAC time at the Youngstown State Invitational.
MADELINE DULAC, BUCKNELL Fr., Baltimore, Md.
Dulac finished third in the 3,000 with an ECAC time of 9:55.0 at the Youngstown State Invitational.
ABBY MONAGHAN, BUCKNELL Jr., La Plata, Md.
Monaghan qualified for the ECACs in the weight throw with a second-place finish (53-0) at the Youngstown State Invite.
JAMIE KING-PRUNTY, COLGATE So., Jamestown, N.Y.
King-Prunty finished first in the 500 (1:15.0) and third in the DMR (11:48.35) with ECAC times at the Geigengack Invite.
ALEXANDRIA CULKEEN, HOLY CROSS Sr., Beverly, Mass.
Culkeen finished first in the weight throw with an ECAC distance of 52-6 in a win over Maine on Saturday.
JESSICA KENDZOR, LEHIGH So., Somers, N.Y.
Kendzor finished 11th in the 1,000 at the New Balance Collegiate Games with an ECAC time 2:53.38.
SAVANNA PLOMBON, LEHIGH Fr., Frederick, Md.
Plombon finished 10th in the 3,000 at the New Balance Collegiate Games with an ECAC time of 9:55.83.
PAUL NEIDHARDT, NAVY Sr., Lawrenceville, Ga
Neidhardt finished first in the pole vault with an IC4A height of 16-2¾ in a dual meet win over Army.
CODY ROME, NAVY Sr., Eagle, Idaho
Rome finished first in the mile in the Mids’ win over Army, posting an IC4A time of 4:08.54.
MARK VETERE, NAVY Fr., Andover, Mass.
Vetere was second in the pole vault vs. Army with an IC4A height of 15-9.