Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships Preview

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Feb. 14, 2013

2013 Indoor Track and Field Championships Central
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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - All eight schools head to West Point for the 2013 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships from Friday-Sunday at Army's Gillis Field House.

The event gets started on Friday with the men's heptathlon and women's pentathlon. Saturday features finals in the 5,000-meter run, 4 X 800 relay, long jump, high jump and weight throw as well as the completion of the heptathlon, while it all comes to a conclusion on Sunday with finals in triple jump, pole vault and shot put as well as the remaining track races.

Bucknell is the defending champion on both the men and women's sides, but the Bison can expect challenges for their crowns. Navy shared first place with Bucknell in the men's preseason poll, while the Mids were picked first on the women's side.

Army leads on the men's side with 14 all-time titles, while Navy and Bucknell each have four. Bucknell's 14 crowns are the most on the women's side, while Army has four and Navy three.

There are three returning event winners from last year's Indoor Championship on the men's side, including Bucknell's Justin Hicks who won the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes to claim the 2012 Track Athlete of the Meet honor. Holy Cross' Stephanie Okpoebo turned in the same double as Hicks last season on the women's side by winning both the 60 and 200-meter dashes, and is one of eight returning event winners in the women's competition.

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Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships Notebook

Army Hosts Patriot League Track & Field Championships
The 2010 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships will begin at noon Friday and continue through Sunday at Gillis Field House on the campus of the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. It's the first indoor championship at Army since 2010, when the host Black Knights won the men's title and Bucknell captured the women's crown.

Bucknell Goes for a Repeat
Bucknell won the 2012 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships at home on both the men and women's side. The Bison narrowly held off Navy by less than 10 points in the men's competition, while knocking off the Mids by a healthier 40-point margin on the women's side. Navy tries to get back on top after sweeping both sides in 2011.

Navy, Bucknell Top the 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.

Three Females with Multiple Top Times in the Patriot League
Three women's track student-athletes have multiple top marks in the Patriot League this season. Colgate's Alicia Minella has the standard in both the 200 and 400-meter runs, while Army's Lisa Junta holds 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.

Returning Talent
There are a handful of returning event winners from last year's Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships. Bucknell senior Justin Hicks is the most noteworthy on the men's side, as he won both the 60 and 200-meter dashes last season to claim the Track Athlete of the Meet honor. Navy's Mitch Simmonds claimed the 60-meter hurdles, while Bucknell's Leonard Joseph won the weight throw and Navy's Mark Vetere claimed the pole vault on his way to the Men's Rookie of the Meet honor.

Holy Cross' Stephanie Okpoebo turned in the same double as Hicks last season on the women's side, winning both the 60 and 200-meter dashes. Other returning event winners include Lehigh's Brooke Astor (pentathlon), Colgate's Jamie King-Prunty (500-meters), Lehigh's Jessica Kendzor (800-meters), Bucknell's Caroline Tolli (1,000-meters), Navy's Brigid Byrne (5,000-meters), Navy's Veronica Ffrench (High Jump) and Bucknell's Emily Ando (Pole Vault).

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 they became the all-time leaders in men and women's M-F Athletic Field Athlete of the Week honors.

Top Marks of 2012-2013
Below is a list of the top times and marks posted in the Patriot League during the 2012-13 indoor track and field season. To see all of the top 20 marks for the season in each event, go here

MEN
60m Dash - Justin Hicks, Bucknell (6.90)
200m Dash - Christian Lupica, Bucknell (21.46)
400m Dash - Austin Batiste, Navy (48.31)
500m Run - Stevyn Spees, Army (1:03.98)
800m Run - Christopher Parker, Lafayette (1:53.40)
1,000m Run - Weston Kennedy, Navy (2:25.96)
Mile - Chris Johnson, Colgate (4:06.51)
3,000m Run - Kyle Satterwhite, Navy (8:10.59)
5,000m Run - Mark Allen, American (14:17.05)
60m Hurdles - Kyler Martin, Army (8.03)
4 X 400m Relay - Army (3:16.03)
4 X 800m Relay - Army (7:47.90)
Distance Medley Relay - Navy (10:06.64)
High Jump - Adeolu Adesida, Lehigh (2.04m)
Pole Vault - Mark Vetere, Navy (5.11m)
Long Jump - Kevin Keller, Bucknell (7.09m)
Triple Jump - Ray Holmes, Bucknell (14.88m)
Shot Put - Luke Webster, Bucknell (16.26m)
Weight Throw - Leonard Joseph, Bucknell (19.83m)
Heptathlon - Ryan Paquin, Lehigh (4763)

WOMEN
60m Dash - Stephanie Okpoebo, Holy Cross (7.71)
200m Dash - Alicia Minella, Colgate (25.01)
400m Dash - Alicia Minella, Colgate (56.15)
500m Run - Katrina Donarski, Army (1:14.51)
800m Run - Brittany Gorski, Holy Cross (2:12.64)
1,000m Run - Caroline Tolli, Bucknell (2:50.88)
Mile - Lisa Junta, Army (4:55.85)
3,000m Run - Lisa Junta, Army (9:45.03)
5,000m Run - Brigid Byrne, Navy (17:02.13)
60m Hurdles - Brooke Astor, Lehigh (8.78)
4 X 400m Relay - Colgate (3:51.85)
4 X 800m Relay - Navy (9:15.77)
Distance Medley Relay - Bucknell (11:50.29)
High Jump - Veronica Ffrench, Navy (1.70m)
Pole Vault - Elise Buffinton, Lafayette (3.90m)
Long Jump - Olivia Massey, Bucknell (5.65m)
Triple Jump - Brittany Powell, Lafayette (11.69m)
Shot Put - Teronda Brown, Navy (14.19m)
Weight Throw - E'Lana Lemon, Lehigh (18.16m)
Heptathlon - Brooke Astor, Lehigh (3259)