Feb. 11, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships are just over a week away, and student-athletes are reaching high marks as they prepare to compete for a League title.
Boston University's Rich Peters turned in the third-fastest mile in the nation at 3:57.27 at the Valentine Invitational over the weekend, while Lehigh's Tyler Mueller recorded the 14th-fastest Division I time in the 5,000-meter run when he clocked 14:12.68 at the Armory Collegiate Invitational.
A host of Patriot Leaguers turned in ECAC/IC4A qualifying marks as four schools had their last competition before the League championships.
Patriot League Track and Field Weekly Awards
M-F ATHLETIC MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
RICH PETERS, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., Bristol, England
Peters broke his own school record in the mile with a time of 3:57.27 at the Valentine Invitational, which also marks the third-best time in the nation this season. He won the race, and was also the top collegian in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:22.71 that easily eclipsed the IC4A standard. Both times are the top marks in the Patriot League this season, with his mile registering 10.43 seconds faster than the closest competitor in the League and only 1.41 seconds from the top mark in the nation this year. Peters earns his first M-F Athletic Male Track Athlete of the Week award.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
M-F ATHLETIC MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
RAY HOLMES, BUCKNELL Sr., Campbell, N.Y.
CAROLINE CARLEY, HOLY CROSS So., Barrington, Ill.
Carley finished third overall, and first among collegians, with a time of 2:49.46 in the 1,000-meter run at the Valentine Invitational. She topped the ECAC standard by nearly seven seconds and was almost six seconds faster than any other Patriot Leaguer in the event this season. Carley ran the second-fastest 1,000-meter time in school history. She is named M-F Athletic Female Track Athlete of the Week for the first time.
Holmes won the triple jump at the Akron Invitational with an IC4A qualifying leap of 15.17 meters. He moved into the second spot on Bucknell's all-time list in the event and posted the top triple jump in the Patriot League this season. Holmes is named M-F Athletic Male Field Athlete of the Week for the first time.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
SOPHIA NNADI, BUCKNELL So., Columbus, Ohio
Nnadi won the shot put at the Youngstown State Invitational with a mark of 13.74 meters, and is the only Patriot Leaguer this season to top the ECAC standard of 13.50 in the event. She had the fifth-best mark in school history in the event, and also registered the 10th-best weight throw with a mark of 15.84 meters which just missed the ECAC standard. Nnadi earns her first M-F Athletic Female Field Athlete of the Week award.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
BRENDAN JOHNSON, AMERICAN Fr., Waldorf, Md.
Johnson posted an IC4A-qualifying time of 14:37.72 in the 5,000-meter run at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York City. He recorded his first IC4A time of the season and placed sixth in the race. Johnson receives his first M-F Athletic Male Rookie of the Week award.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
COURTNEY AVERY, LEHIGH Fr., Wynantskill, N.Y.
Avery placed third in the high jump at the Armory Collegiate Invitational with a mark of 1.75 meters, surpassing the ECAC standard of 1.70 and setting a school record for the second time in three weeks. She bested her own mark of 1.73 meters set in a dual meet against Lafayette two weeks ago. Avery finished behind jumpers from Arkansas and Arizona. She is the only ECAC qualifier in the event from the Patriot League this season, with the next-closest competitor hitting 1.65 meters, and is just .01 meters away from the NCAA top 50. Avery ties the Patriot League record with her third M-F Athletic Female Rookie of the Week award of the season.
TYLER MUELLER, LEHIGH Sr., Pottstown, Pa.
Mueller finished fifth in the 5,000-meter run at the Armory Collegiate Invitational with a time of 14:12.68, nearly 30 seconds better than the IC4A standard and the 14th-best mark in Division I this season.
JADE PAUL, BOSTON UNIVERSITY So., Stoughton, Mass.
Paul topped the ECAC standard by more than two seconds and ran the best time in the Patriot League this season with a 1:13.89 in the 500-meter dash at the Valentine Invitational. She was also part of the 4 X 400m relay team which qualified for ECACs and broke the school record by nearly five seconds with a 3:42.94.
JENNIFER ZYMET, BUCKNELL Sr. Paramus, N.J.
Zymet ran ECAC qualifying times in both the 500-meter (1:14.70) at the Youngstown State Invitational and 400-meter (55.93) at the Akron Invitational over the weekend, with the 400-meter time breaking a school record.
JULIA SULLIVAN, AMERICAN Sr., Northampton, Mass.
Sullivan bested the ECAC standard by more than 15 seconds with a time of 9:43.68 in the 3,000-meter run at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational.
SAM McGRATH, HOLY CROSS Sr., Tyngsboro, Mass.
McGrath topped the IC4A mark in the 1,000-meter run by more than three seconds with a school-record time of 2:25.48 at the Valentine Invitational.
JESSICA KENDZOR, LEHIGH Sr., Somers, N.Y.
Kendzor set an ECAC qualifying and school-record time in the 500-meter run with a 1:14.57 at the Armory Collegiate Invitational, and also ran on an ECAC-qualifying distance medley relay (12:04.14) and school-record 4 X 400m relay (3:53.06).
RYAN JOHNSON, BUCKNELL So., Phoenix, Md.
Johnson finished first in the 500-meter run at the Youngstown State Invitational with a time of 1:04.58 and fourth in the 800-meters at the Akron Invitational in 1:52.33, notching IC4A qualifying times in both races.
JOHN POPE, AMERICAN Sr., Carlisle, Pa.
Pope came in 11th place at the 5,000-meter run at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational with an IC4A qualifying time of 14:30.58.
ADEOLU ADESIDA, LEHIGH Jr., Princeton, N.J.
Adesida placed seventh in the high jump at the Armory Collegiate Invitational with an IC4A qualifying mark of 2.10 meters.
ALICIA MINELLA, COLGATE Jr., Kennett Square, Pa.
Minella ran an ECAC qualifying time of 56.75 in the 400-meter dash and just missed an ECAC mark with a 25.23 in the 200m at the Geigengack Invitational.
Patriot League Notebook
Six schools wrap up competition before League Championships
Six Patriot League teams still have another event this week before the League Championships next weekend, beginning on Tuesday when the Loyola and Navy women compete in Annapolis at Navy's Multi-Madness. Lehigh joins host Bucknell for a Tune-Up in Lewisburg, while Lafayette has the Lafayette/Rider Invitational in New York City and the Colgate and Navy men each have competitions on Sunday. For the full composite schedule and results from the season, go here
Peters and Mueller turned in top 15 marks in Division I over the weekend, but they are not the only Patriot Leaguers to show up on the national top 50 rankings. Lehigh's Ryan Mahalsky (28th) and James Miller (50th) join their teammate Mueller among the leaders in the 5,000-meter run, while Bucknell's Christian Lupica (28th, 60m Hurdles), Lehigh's Adeolu Adesida (17th, high jump), Navy's Mark Vetere (33rd, pole vault) and Bucknell's Ray Holmes (49th, triple jump) also have rankings on the men's side. Boston University's Rosa Moriello is 22nd in the 3,000-meter run and 13th in the 5,000-meter run on the women's side, while her teammate Monica Adler is 15th in the country in the women's mile.
Navy and Lehigh both swept their rivals in dual meets this season. The Mids topped Army 100-81 on the men's side and 104-77 in the women's competition in Annapolis on Feb. 1, while the Mountain Hawks came away with a 111.5-69.5 men's victory and 102-79 on the women's side against Lafayette in Bethlehem on Jan. 25.
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).