Feb. 18, 2006
2006 Patriot League Indoor Track & Field Championship Day Two Results
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Two days into the 2006 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championship the Bucknell women hold an early lead with 74 points, while the Army men are out in front with 53 points earned at Halsey Fieldhouse on the campus of the U.S. Naval Academy.
Behind Bucknell in the women's team standings are Navy (46), Lehigh (26), Lafayette (26), Army (25), Colgate (10), Holy Cross (6) and American (4). On the men's side, behind Army are Lehigh (28), Bucknell (26), Navy (26), American (21), Lafayette (16), Colgate (10) and Holy Cross (6). The Bison women have won the last four Patriot League indoor titles, while the Black Knight men last won the competition in 2003 and took every title before then spanning back to 1994. For the last two years the Mids have taken the men's title.
The Bison women claimed four first place finishes on Saturday to move out ahead. Majorie Grap (Van Etten, N.Y.) earned her second-straight weight throw title with a Patriot League Championship record mark of 19.35m. Winning her second-ever gold medal in her event was Melanie Buczko (Butler, Pa.) with a 3.91m mark in the pole vault, also taking the event in 2004. Buczko's mark broke the Patriot League Championship record set in 2002. Kati Dempsey (Saylorsburg, Pa.) earned gold in the high jump with a 1.65m leap, while Bucknell's 4x800m relay team set a new Patriot League Championship record, finishing in a time of 9:04.95, which was formerly held by the 1998 Bison relay squad. The winning 4x800m team consisted of Christa Sawko (Montoursville, Pa.), Victoria Gilbert (Bethlehem, Pa.), Offeibia Hanson-Hall (New Rochelle, N.Y.) and Lauren Bricker (Greensburg, Pa.).
Also winners on the women's side today were Colgate's Lisa Germain (Queensbury, N.Y.), who finished first in the long jump with a 5.71m mark, and Navy's Justine Whipple (Duxbury, Mass.), who ran a 17:10.38 5000m race for first place.
Army men laid claim to two first place finishers in Brandon Lewis (Leesburg, Fla.), who was the winner of the heptathlon with 4.848 points, and Kenneth Saffold (Chicago, Ill.), who won the long jump with a 7.07m leap. The Black Knights swept the top three places in the long jump.
Bucknell had one first place finisher in the men's competition, with Tyler Hoffman (Lewisburg, Pa.) earning gold in the weight throw with a 17.34 heave. Navy's Stephen White (Marietta, Ga.) won his second-straight high jump title with a 2.06m mark, while Colgate's Michael Hanlon (Ann Arbor, Mich.) won the 5000m race in a time of 14:40.44
The last race of the day was won by the American men's 4x800m relay team, clocking in at 7:35.99 for their second title in a row. The Eagles' squad was made up of Alex Caudana (Irvine, Calif.), Dustin Emrani (Great Neck, N.Y.), Phil Gaeta (Herndon, Va.) and Kris Cruz (Herndon, Va.)
Trials and semifinals were ran in the 55m hurdles and 55m dash, while trials were ran of the 200m dash for both the men and women on Saturday.
The last day of the 2006 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships will take place tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. The awards ceremony will be held at 5:15 p.m.
Final results and recap of the 2006 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championship can be found on the League website at www.patriotleague.com. Championship information can also be found on Navy's official website, www.navysports.com, by clicking here.
Women's Team Standings
Team - Points
1. Bucknell - 74
2. Navy - 46
3. Lehigh - 26
Lafayette - 26
5. Army - 25
6. Colgate - 10
7. Holy Cross - 6
8. American - 4
Men's Team Standings
Team - Points
1. Army - 53
2. Lehigh - 28
3. Bucknell - 26
Navy - 26
5. American - 21
6. Lafayette - 16
7. Colgate - 10
8. Holy Cross - 6