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Boston University's Rich Peters has the top times in the Patriot League this season in the 1,000-meter, 3,000-meter and the mile.
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Feb. 19, 2014

2014 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships Central | Live Results

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Navy men and Bucknell women were each picked as preseason favorites to defend their titles at the 2014 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships, but both squads will face stiff competition when the event is held at Bucknell's Gerhard Fieldhouse from Friday-Sunday.

The championships get underway on Friday with the women's pentathlon and the first four events in the men's heptathlon. The action continues on Saturday with the conclusion of the heptathlon as well as the men and women's weight throw, long jump and high jump in the field and finals in the 5,000-meter runs and 4 X 800m relays on the track. The bulk of the medals will be handed out when the championships conclude on Sunday with 22 track finals as well as pole vault, triple jump and shot put in the field.

First-team All-Patriot League status goes to the winners of each event, while second-place finishers comprise the second-team All-League squads. Head coaches will vote following the conclusion of the championship on Male and Female Track Athlete, Field Athlete, Rookie and Coach of the Year honors.

A full schedule of events is available at 2014 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships Central, which also includes Live Results to follow the action throughout the weekend.

Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships Notebook
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 in December. 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).

 

 

Welcome to the Field
Boston University and Loyola University Maryland are both in their first season in the Patriot League, and thus are new to the track and field scene. The Terriers field squads on both the men and women's side, while the Greyhounds add a 10th member to the women's track and field competition.

Returning Event Winners
A majority of individual event winners are back from last year's Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championship, including five of the major award winners. On the men's side, Weston Kennedy (Tracy Athlete of the Meet), Zack Duncavage (Field Athlete of the Meet) and Austin Batiste (Rookie of the Meet) are all back for Navy. Kennedy won the 1,000-meter run and the mile, Duncavage was League champion in the weight throw and Batiste claimed the 400-meter run title. Mark Vetere is also back after winning the pole vault for the Mids. Other returning individual event winners from last year's Men's Indoor Track and Field Championship include Army's Stevyn Spees (500-meter) and Clyde Wilson (800-meter), Bucknell's Kevin Keller (long jump) and Ray Holmes (triple jump) and Lehigh's Adeolu Adesida, who set a meet record with a mark of 2.12 meters in the high jump.

Lehigh's Brooke Astor (Field Athlete of the Meet) and Holy Cross' Caroline Carley (Rookie of the Meet) return to the women's meet. Astor claimed the pentathlon title for the third year in a row last season, and is trying to become just the third female to win the same event in all four of her seasons at the Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships. Carley won the 1,000-meter run as a freshman, while additional individual champions who return from the 2013 Patriot League Women's Indoor Track and Field Championship are Bucknell's Jennifer Zymet (500-meter) and Sophia Nnadi (shot put), Colgate's Alicia Minella (200-meter and 400-meter), Holy Cross' Stephanie Okpoebo (60-meter), Lehigh's Jessica Kendzor (800-meter) and Lafayette's Elise Buffinton (pole vault).

Top Marks of 2014
A handful of Patriot Leaguers rank among the NCAA Division I top 50 in individual events this year, led by Boston University's Rich Peters in sixth place in the mile. Others in the top 50 on the men's side include Bucknell's Christian Lupica (29th, 60m Hurdles), Lehigh's Adeolu Adesida (19th, high jump) and Navy's Mark Vetere (40th, pole vault). Boston University's Rosa Moriello is 35th in the 3,000-meter run and 38th in the 5,000-meter run on the women's side, while her teammate Monica Adler is 16th in the country in the women's mile.

The following student-athletes have the top times and marks in the Patriot League heading into this weekend's championships. The full listing of the top 20 in each event from the Patriot League this season is available here

MEN
60-meter dash: Justin Flynn, Boston University (6.82)
200-meter dash: Jordan Sartor-Francis, Navy (21.44)
400-meter dash: Austin Batiste, Navy (47.90)
500-meter dash: Chris Smith, Army (1:04.03)
800-meter run: Stuart Ross, Boston University (1:50.63)
1,000-meter run: Rich Peters, Boston University (2:22.71)
Mile: Rich Peters, Boston University (3:57.27)
3,000-meter run: Rich Peters, Boston University (7:52.61)
5,000-meter run: Tyler Mueller, Lehigh (14:12.68)
60-meter hurdles: Christian Lupica, Bucknell (7.86)
4 X 400m relay: Bucknell (3:14.06)
4 X 800m relay: Bucknell (7:45.17)
DMR: Bucknell (10:02.47)
High Jump: Adeolu Adesida, Lehigh (2.18m)
Pole Vault: Mark Vetere, Navy (5.23m)
Long Jump: Blake Edwards, Boston University (7.08m)
Triple Jump: Ray Holmes, Bucknell (15.17m)
Shot Put: Zack Duncavage, Navy (16.41m)
Weight Throw: Derrick Petett, Navy (19.37m)
Heptathlon: Ryan Paquin, Lehigh (4907)

WOMEN
60-meter dash: Stephanie Okpoebo, Holy Cross (7.57)
200-meter dash: Christy Wood, Boston University (24.45)
400-meter dash: Christy Wood, Boston University (55.72)
500-meter dash: Jade Paul, Boston University (1:13.89)
800-meter run: Janelle Jorgensen, Boston University (2:12.71)
1,000-meter run: Caroline Carley, Holy Cross (2:49.46)
Mile: Monica Adler, Boston University (4:37.97)
3,000-meter run: Rosa Moriello, Boston University (9:19.83)
5,000-meter run: Rosa Moriello, Boston University (16:25.53)
60-meter hurdles: Brooke Astor, Lehigh (8.58)
4 X 400m relay: Boston University (3:42.49)
4 X 800m relay: Holy Cross (9:22.69)
DMR: Lehigh (12:04.14)
High Jump: Courtney Avery, Lehigh (1.75m)
Pole Vault: Elise Buffinton, Lafayette (3.90m)
Long Jump: Brooke Astor, Lehigh (5.58m)
Triple Jump: Tessa Runels, Boston University (11.95m)
Shot Put: Sophia Nnadi, Bucknell (13.74m)
Weight Throw: Rachel Pena, Lafayette (18.16m)
Pentathlon: Brooke Astor, Lehigh (3627)

2013 Indoor Track and Field Championship Recap
The Navy men and Bucknell women had memorable performances to post victories at the 2013 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships from Feb. 15-17 at Army's 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.