Navy men win Patriot League Indoor Track and Field title

Navy's Andrew Hanko

Feb. 20, 2011

2011 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championship Page
Final Results

-- It was wild. It was exciting. And when it was all over, the Navy men's team hoisted the 2011 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championship trophy Sunday at Wesley A. Brown Field House.

Navy, which led by 43 points over preseason favorite Army after the mile run, fell behind by as many as 32 points before cutting it to 153-151 heading into the meet's final two events -- the distance medley relay and the 1,600-meter relay.

The Mids took care of business in both, winning the DMR to tie the score with Army at 161 and blew past the Black Knights in the 1,600-meter relay to win 171-165. Bucknell placed third with 151, and Lehigh (46.5) and American (29.5) rounded out the top five. Lafayette (29), Colgate (20) and Holy Cross (8) followed.

For Navy, it is the program's fourth Patriot League Indoor Championship, and 23rd-year head coach Stephen Cooksey was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year for the fourth time.

Army senior Domonick Sylve was named the Patriot League Track Athlete of the Meet and Army junior Thomas Wagner was named the Patriot League Field Athlete of the Meet. Bucknell freshman Chris Sacks was selected as the Rookie of the Meet. Sylve and Wagner both won two individual events and Sacks won one and was part of the 3,200-meter
champion relay team.

But all of their performances were afterthoughts heading into the final two events.

With all the teams packed around the track cheering on their teammates, the Navy DMR team set a field house record time of 9:56.23, and Wesley A. Brown Field House only got louder as the Mids' 1,600 relay team cruised to a first-place finish in 3:17.40.

Cody Rome trailed early in the DMR -- he had won the 3,000-meter run less than 45 minutes before stepping on the track for the DMR -- but teammates George Stevenson and Domonic Della Pelle put Navy in the lead and anchor Andrew Hanko didn't surrender it.

The quartet of Alexander Jackson, Kolton Kempel, David Ash and Matthew Evers trailed early, too, but they quickly took the lead, and as Army trailed by several places, it was evident to all that Navy had secured the title.

Navy led after two days of competition, and after the trio of Della Pelle, Hanko and junior Jeremy Haney swept the top three spots in the mile, the Mids were in prime position to keep Army from winning its 15th title.

But then came the sprint finals.

Spearheaded by Sylve and senior Alfred McDaniel, the Black Knights won three individual titles and had two runner-up finishes to turn what was once a 43-point deficit into a 32-point lead.

Sylve won the 60-meter hurdles (7.91 seconds) and McDaniel finished first in the 60-meter dash 6.89 seconds. Both were IC4A-qualifying marks.

The two seniors finished in the top three in the 200-meter dash, too, with Sylve winning his second title of the day (22.06 seconds) and McDaniel placing third (22.09).

Army junior Taylor Kensy and junior Michael Hutchins each added second-place finishes for the Black Knights. Kensy was second in the 500-meter dash (1:05.08), placing behind Navy junior Matthew Evers (1:04.24). Hutchins was second in the 400-meter dash (49.32 seconds), following Bucknell junior Rob Arent, who won the title with a time of 48.90 seconds.

Arent added a second-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles (8.07) and teammate Isaih Bell was second in both the 60-meter dash (6.98 seconds) and the 200-meter dash (22.09).

Army also helped itself in the field during the afternoon as Wagner won the triple jump (14.94 meters, 49-0 1/4) and sophomore Scott Geary was the runner-up in the shot put (16.13 meters, 52-11). McDaniel was third in the triple jump (14.58 meters, 47-10).

Navy regained ground in the 3,000-meter run when Rome easily won the individual title (8:07.51), placing nearly nine seconds ahead of runner-up Colin Eustis, of American (8:16.35).

Moments later, the men's pole vault completed with Navy freshman Ryan Kochert winning the individual title (4.80 meters, 15-9) and Navy junior Nathan Woodason placing third (4.65 meters, 15-3) to create the two-point margin that the Mids eventually overcame.

Navy added to Saturday's lead early Sunday with its sweeping performance in the mile. The trio of Mids crossed the finish line as a team, finishing less than a second apart. Della Pelle was first with a time of 4:09.66, and Hanko (4:09.71) and Haney (4:10.09) followed.

Wagner's triple jump title brought the Black Knights to within four points of Navy and Christopher Jones' and Christopher Wagner's performance in the 800 gave Army the lead. Jones finished second (1:53.27) and Christopher Wagner was third (1:54.13).

Army senior Alexis Torre-Santiago extended the lead with his second-place finish in the 1,000-meter run (2:27.33). He placed behind Bucknell freshman Chris Sacks, who won the individual title with a time of 2:25.32.

Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships
Coach of the Year
: Stephen Cooksey, Navy
Field Athlete of the Meet
: Tom Wagner, Army
Track Athlete of the Meet
: Domonick Sylve, Army
Rookie of the Meet
: Chris Sacks, Bucknell

First-Team All-Patriot League: Andrew Powell, Bucknell (heptathlon); Thomas Wagner, Army (high jump); Michael Hutchins, Army (long jump); Thomas Wagner, Army (triple jump); Ryan Kochert, Navy (pole vault); Christopher Ricks, Navy (weight throw); Tom Barr, Bucknell (shot put); Alfred McDaniel, Army (60 dash); Domonick Sylve, Army (60 hurdles); Domonick Sylve, Army (200); Rob Arent, Bucknell (400); Matthew Evers, Navy (500); Niall Buckley, Lehigh (800); Chris Sacks, Bucknell (1,000); Dominic Della Pelle, Navy (mile); Cody Rome, Navy (3,000); Andrew Hanko, Navy (5,000); Alexander Jackson, Kolton Kempel, David Ash, Matthew Evers, Navy (1,600 relay); Chris Boyd, Jordan Donaldson, Chris Sacks, Clayton Smith, Bucknell (3,200 relay); Jeremy Haney, George Stevenson, Cody Rome, Andrew Hanko (DMR).

Second-Team All-Patriot League
: Michael Bliss, Army (heptathlon); Joshua Houston, Navy (high jump); Isaih Bell, Bucknell (long jump); Stephen Tutunjian, Lehigh (triple jump); Nick Henderson, Lafayette (pole vault); Nicholas Porter, Navy (weight throw); Scott Geary, Army (shot put); Isaih Bell, Bucknell (60 dash); Rob Arent, Bucknell (60 hurdles); Isaih Bell, Bucknell (200); Michael Hutchins, Army (400); Taylor Kensy, Army (500); Christopher Jones, Army (800); Alexis Torre-Santiago, Army (1,000); Andrew Hanko, Navy (mile); Colin Eustis, American (3,000); Colin Eustis, American (5,000); Jordan Donaldson, John Picardo, Jacob Eaton Hall, Rob Arent, Bucknell (1,600 relay); Edouard Boulat, Timothy Metivier, Jonathan Knowlton, Andrew Smith, Colgate (3,200 relay); Alexis Torre-Santiago, Jordan Cayton, Thomas Meyer, Bryce Livingston, Army (DMR).