WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Navy men and Bucknell women had memorable performances to post victories at the Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships on Sunday at Gillis Field House.
Navy and Bucknell had a spirited duel on the men's side, with the Mids recording the highest point total at the championships since 2002 to hold off the Bison. Navy recorded 204.5 points to 182 for Bucknell, with host Army finishing a distant third with 112 points.
Navy won its fifth Patriot League title, and second in the past three seasons. All five of Navy's crowns have come in the last 10 years.
The top two were reversed on the women's side, with Bucknell scoring 162 points to easily outdistance Navy with 110. Lehigh finished just behind the Mids with 106.33 points.
Bucknell extended its Patriot League record with a 15th Indoor Track and Field Championship, capturing the crown for the second year in a row and 10th in the past 12 seasons.
Filling out the men's standings were Lehigh (70), American (17), Lafayette (15), Colgate (14) and Holy Cross (5.5). On the women's side, the top three were followed by Army (84.33), Holy Cross (74), Lafayette (47.33) and Colgate (36).
Navy swept the individual awards on the men's side. Junior Weston Kennedy was named Men's Track Athlete of the Meet for winning the 1,000-meter run and the mile. Junior Zack Duncavage won the weight throw and finished second in the shot put to be named Men's Field Athlete of the Meet, while freshman Austin Batiste claimed the Men's Rookie of the Meet honor by placing first in the 400-meter dash and second in the 200-meter. Stephen Cooksey was named Patriot League Coach of the Year for the fifth time. It was the first time that one school has swept all four of the major awards.
While Bucknell won on the women's side, the Bison did not take home any of the individual awards. Army sophomore Lisa Junta was named the Female Track Athlete of the Meet after winning both the 3,000 and 5,000-meter runs. Lehigh junior Brooke Astor was named Female Field Athlete of the Meet after winning the pentathlon for the second year in a row, while Holy Cross freshman Caroline Carley was named Female Rookie of the Meet for crossing the finish line first in the 1,000-meter run. Lehigh's Matt Utesch was named Patriot League Female Coach of the Year for the second time overall and first since 2003.
Navy won its fifth Patriot League Men's Indoor Track and Field Championship and second in three years as the Mids won seven different events to record the highest men's finishing score since 2002.
Navy posted 204.5 points, the most since 2002 and good for ninth in Patriot League history. Weston Kennedy was named Male Track Athlete of the Meet for winning the 1,000-meter run and the mile, while the Mids also received event victories from Rand Montermini (heptathlon), Zack Duncavage (weight throw), Mark Vetere (pole vault), Austin Batistie (400-meter) and Kyle Satterwhite (3,000-meter). Duncavage was named Male Field Athlete of the Meet, Batiste the Rookie of the Meet and Stephen Cooksey the Men's Coach of the Year as Navy became the first school to sweep all four individual awards.
Bucknell was next with 182 points, and boasted the individual winners in Justin Hicks (60-meter dash), Kevin Keller (long jump), Ray Holmes (triple jump) and Luke Webster (shot put), as well as the distance medley relay team of John Westwood, Michael Johnson, Chris Oesterlin and Andrew Garcia-Garrison.
Army came in third with 112 points behind event victories from Stevyn Spees (500-meter dash), Clyde Wilson (800-meter run) and Kyler Martin (60-meter hurdles) as well as relay victories from Matthias Green, Christopher Smith, Spees and Patrick Taylor (4 X 400) and Andreas Kellas, Clyde Wilson, Kevin Russell and Nathan Fisher (4 X 800).
Lehigh had two event winners, with Devin Monroe in the 200-meter dash and Adeolu Adesida setting a Patriot League record of 2.12 meters in the high jump. Colgate's Chris Johnson won the 5,000-meter run.
Thirteen of the 20 event winners came in as the highest-ranked Patriot League finisher during the season. Hicks was a repeat champion in the 60-meter, while Vetere won the pole vault for the second year in a row.
Individual Awards Track Athlete: Weston Kennedy, Navy Field Athlete: Zack Duncavage, Navy Rookie: Austin Batiste, Navy Coach: Stephen Cooksey, Navy
First-Team Navy: Rand Montermini (heptathlon), Zack Duncavage (weight throw), Weston Kennedy (1,000-meter and mile), Mark Vetere (pole vault), Austin Batistie (400-meter), Kyle Satterwhite (3,000-meter) Bucknell: Justin Hicks (60-meter dash), Kevin Keller (long jump), Ray Holmes (triple jump), Luke Webster (shot put), John Westwood, Michael Johnson, Chris Oesterlin and Andrew Garcia-Garrison (distance medley relay) Army: Stevyn Spees (500-meter dash), Clyde Wilson (800-meter run), Kyler Martin (60-meter hurdles), Matthias Green, Christopher Smith, Stevyn Spees and Patrick Taylor (4 X 400), Andreas Kellas, Clyde Wilson, Kevin Russell and Nathan Fisher (4 X 800) Lehigh: Devin Monroe (200-meter dash), Adeolu Adesida (high jump) Colgate: Chris Johnson (5,000-meter run)
Second-Team Navy: Jordan Sartor-Francis (60-meter dash), Austin Batiste (200-meter dash), Jeremy Cadiente (500-meter dash), Joshua Kingsland (800-meter run), Mitch Simmonds (60-meter hurdles), Ryan Kochert (pole vault), Zack Duncavage (shot put), Christopher Fowler (heptathlon), Joshua Shaw, Caleb Haney, Joshua Kingsland and Stephen Schroeder (4 x 800), Stephen Schroeder, Joshua Kingsland, William Miller and Weston Kennedy (distance medley relay) Bucknell: Kevin Tapper (400-meter dash), Tyler Erhard (1,000-meter run), Alex Prieto (long jump and triple jump), Leonard Joseph (weight throw), Kevin Tapper, Anthony Menza, Kevin Keller and Justin Hicks (4 X 400) Army: Kevin Russell (mile), Ricardo Galindo (3,000-meter run) American: Mark Allen (5,000-meter run) Lehigh: Patrick Ciez (high jump)
Bucknell did it again. For the 15th time in Patriot League history, and 10th in the last 12 seasons, the Bison women claimed the Indoor Track and Field Championship.
Bucknell won its second straight championship by scoring 162 points, easily outpacing Navy in the most lopsided victory since 2010. The Bison received individual victories from Jennifer Zymet (500-meter dash), Caroline Tolli (mile), Olivia Massey (long jump), Alexandra Romanelli (triple jump) and Sophia Nnadi (shot put).
The Mids came in second with 110 points, and received an individual title from Kristin Smith in the high jump.
Lehigh had a year to remember, finishing just behind the Mids in third place with 106.33 points. The Mountain Hawks garnered titles from Jessica Kendzor (800-meter), E'Lana Lemon (weight throw) and Brooke Astor (pentathlon) and also had wins from Brittany Pietrosh, Lauren Pietrosh, Julia Perry and Kendzor (4 X 800) as well as Lauren Pietrosh, Kathleen Ryan, Kendzor and Perry (distance medley relay) to tie Bucknell for the most titles with five. Astor was named Female Field Athlete of the Meet for winning the pentathlon for the second year in a row, while Matt Utesch clamed his first Female Coach of the Year award since 2003 and second overall.
Army was led by Patriot League Female Track Athlete of the Meet Lisa Junta, who won both the 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter runs. Junta earns the honor after claiming the Rookie of the Year award last season. Kaitlyn Love (60-meter hurdles) was also an event winner for the Black Knights, along with the 4 X 400 relay team of Ashley Gordon, Love, Haley Winters and Katrina Donarski.
Holy Cross, Colgate and Lafayette also had multiple event winners. Stephanie Okpoebo (60-meter dash) and Caroline Carley (1,000-meter run) each had wins for the Crusaders, with Carley named the Female Rookie of the Meet. Colgate's Alicia Minella finished first in both the 200 and 400-meter dashes, while Lafayette's Elise Buffinton won the pole vault and Devin Smith shared first place with Minella in the 400-meter dash.
Eight of the 20 winners were the top-ranked performers in the Patriot League during the regular season. In addition to Astor's repeat in the pentathlon, consecutive winners included Okpoebo (60-meter dash) and Kendzor (800-meter run) as well as the Lehigh 4 x 800 and distance medley relay teams. Smith won the high jump for the second time in three seasons.