Feb. 20, 2011
2011 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championship Page
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy women's team entered the final day of the 2011 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships in the lead and it remained that way.
Holding off the defending champion Bucknell Bison, the Mids won eight events and scored 157 points to win the title Sunday at Wesley A. Brown Field House.
For the Mids, it's their second title in three years and third overall. Bucknell, which was selected in the preseason poll to win its 14th indoor title, had won 11 of the last 13 championships. The Bison placed second with 117 points.
Lehigh scored 95 points to finish third, and Army (67) and Colgate (58) rounded out the top five. Lafayette (50), Holy Cross (48) and American (28) followed.
Navy's 20th-year head coach Carla Criste was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year for the fourth time in her career. Criste's squad was led by the Patriot League Track Athlete of the Meet, Jess Palacio, who won two individual events and a relay. Army's Kasandra Clark was named the Patriot League Field Athlete of the Meet and Lehigh's Jessica Kendzor was named the Rookie of the Meet.
Navy scored wins in the 400-meter dash, 500-meter dash, 800-meter run and the mile Sunday to take a commanding lead.
Navy junior Jess Palacio, who anchored the 3,200-meter relay win Saturday, won both the mile and the 800 en route to being named the Patriot League Track Athlete of the Meet. She cruised to a Patriot League Championship record in the mile, finishing in 4:43.58, breaking a 16-year-old Patriot League (Kim McGreevy, Navy, 4:54.80, 1995).
Less than two hours later, Palacio was crossing the finish line in the 800 less than a second ahead of Holy Cross freshman Katelyn Hartnett (2:12.32).
By that time, Navy was in control.
The Mids' Arabia Littlejohn won the 400-meter dash (57.32 seconds) and Mansfield Murph won the 500-meter dash (1:15.04).
Navy closed out the meet in great fashion with the 1,600-relay team of Colleen McFadden, Kristin Smith, Murph and Littlejohn winning it in 3:53.91.
The Bucknell women made a small run early, but it didn't last long. The Bison scored 19 points in alone in the shot put with junior Sarah Bella and junior Rebecca Misko finishing first and second. Bella won the individual title with a mark of 13.49 meters (44-3 1/4). Misko followed with a toss of 13.19 meters (43-3 1/4).
Army senior Tonya Stallard was the top seed in the 60-meter hurdles and she remained at the top Sunday with her first-place finish (8.86 seconds) in the finals. Navy junior Ashley Aitken placed second in 8.96 seconds.
Bucknell sophomore Sasha Hornock won the 60-meter dash, finishing in 7.86 seconds. Kelly Clyde, who was the top seed coming in, finished second (7.89 seconds).
Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships
Track Athlete of the Meet: Jess Palacio, Navy
Field Athlete of the Meet: Kasandra Clark, Army
Rookie of the Meet: Jess Kendzor, Lehigh
Coach of the Year: Carla Criste, Navy
First-Team All-Patriot League: Arian Davis, Navy (pentathlon); Amanda Phelps, Navy (weight throw); Alexandra Doersam, Lehigh (long jump); Kristin Smith, Navy (high jump); Sarah Bella, Bucknell (shot put); Kerriann Borke, Lafayette (triple jump); Kasandra Clark, Army (pole vault); Tonya Stallard, Army (60 hurdles); Sasha Hornock, Bucknell (60 dash); Stephanie Okpoebo, Holy Cross (200); Arabia Littlejohn, Navy (400); Mansfield Murph, Navy (500); Jess Palacio, Navy (800); Elise DeRoo, Colgate (1,000); Jess Palacio, Navy (mile); Octavia Rinehardt, American (3,000); Octavia Rinehardt, American (5,000); Colleen McFadden, Kristin Smith, Mansfield Murph, Arabia Littlejohn, Navy (1,600 relay); Liz Milewski, Rachel Honrath, Erin Neumann, Jess Palacio, Navy (3,200 relay); Ellen Callahan, Elise DeRoo, Amy Sleeper, Hilary Hooley, Colgate (DMR).
Second-Team All-Patriot League: Tonya Stallard, Army (pentathlon); E'Lana Lemon, Lehigh (weight throw); Joelle Neilson, Lafayette (long jump); McKenzie Majchrzak, Navy (high jump); Rebecca Misko, Bucknell (shot put); Ashley Bucholz, Navy (triple jump); Hallie Huggins, Army (pole vault); Ashley Aitken, Navy (60 hurdles); Kelly Clyde, Lafayette (60 dash); Kelly Clyde, Lafayette (200); Jennifer Zymet, Bucknell (400); Jamie King-Prunty, Colgate (500); Katelyn Hartnett, Holy Cross (800); Jessica Kendzor, Lehigh (1,000); Erin Koch, American (mile); Katherine Pierce, Lehigh (3,000); Katherine Pierce, Lehigh (5,000); Elizabeth McManus, Khaaleedah Smith, Kristin Slotnick, Melissa Knapp, Lehigh (1,600 relay); Katelyn Hartnett, Cassandra Anderson, Kathleen Brekka, Courtney Burgess, Holy Cross (3,200 relay); Jessica Kendzor, Danielle Albergo, Lauren Pietrosh, Andrea Mascaro, Lehigh (DMR).