Navy's Brigid Byrne
Feb. 19, 2012
LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Navy women’s team and the Bucknell men’s team hold double-digit leads heading into the final day of the 2012 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships at Gerhard Fieldhouse at Bucknell University.
The Navy women, who have 56 points, are looking to defend their 2011 title when the return to the fieldhouse Sunday. Lehigh is in second with 36 points and Bucknell is third with 33. Army (27), Lafayette (20) and Holy Cross (14) round out the teams scoring points.
The Bucknell men also have 56 points and they’re looking to win their first indoor title since 1993 when they won their third straight title. Navy, the defending champion, is in second with 41 points, and preseason favorite Army is tied for third with Lehigh with 29 points.
Lafayette (14), American (9), Colgate (6) and Holy Cross (2) round out the standings.
Leonard Joseph and Tom Barr went 1-2 in the weight throw to score big points for the Bison. Joseph took the top spot with a toss of 63-0, while Barr finished second with a distance of 62-8½.
Andrew Powell added a win for the Bison finishing first in the heptathlon with 5,143 points, beating out Lehigh’s Kyle Forrest (4,932 points).
Powell also finished second in the high jump, scoring a height of 6-8¼. Army’s Thomas Wagner defended his 2011 title in the high jump with a height of 6-10¼.
Navy scored a pair of wins in the 5,000 and the 3,200 relay.
Cody Rome won the 5,000 with an IC4A time of 14:14.42, beating the second-place finisher, Josh Olsen of American (14:25.72), by more than 10 seconds.
Navy’s team of Weston Kennedy, Lucas Connelly, Jeremy Haney and Dominic Della Pelle took the top spot in the 3,200 relay with an IC4A time of 7:34.81. Bucknell’s quartet of Dustin Horning, Alex Jagelsky, Dennis Logan and Jordan Donaldson finished second (7:35.14).
Lehigh’s Stephen Tutunjian won the long with a distance of 23-3½, while Lafayette’s Jerome Rudolph placed second with a distance of 23-2. Both were IC4A marks.
On the women’s side, Navy took control of first place with a pair of individual titles in the high jump and the 5,000.
Navy’s Veronica Ffrench finished first in the high jump with an ECAC height of 5-7. Army’s McKenzie Majchrzak placed second with a height of 5-5.
Brigid Byrne won the women’s 5,000 with an ECAC time of 17:08.16. Katherine Pierce was second with a time of 17:13.00.
Lehigh won the women’s 3,200 relay with Alexandra Neville, Lauren Pietrosh, Julia Perry and Jessica Kendzor finishing in an ECAC time of 8:59.60. Holy Cross placed second with Kathleen Brekka, Sarah Meinelt, Brittany Gorski and Katelyn Hartnett finishing in 9:00.43.
Joelle Neilson won the long jump for Lafayette, recording a winning distance of 18-11¼. Bucknell’s Alexandra Romanelli placed second (18-3¼).
Including the 3,200 relay win, Lehigh is tied with Navy with two event wins. The Mountain Hawks opened the meet with Brooke Astor’s individual title in the pentathlon, which concluded on Friday.
The 2012 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships will conclude Sunday, opening with field events at 10 a.m. and track events at noon. The meet will conclude with a pair of men’s and women’s relays — DMR and 1,600. For the full schedule, click here.