Feb. 28, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Some of the top Patriot League track and field student-athletes will have a chance to extend their season into the NCAA Championships when they compete at the ECAC/IC4A Championships from Friday-Sunday in Boston.
Patriot League teams and individuals combined to record 148 qualifying times and marks for the IC4A (Men) Championships, and 71 for the ECAC (Women) Championships. There is at least one Patriot League student-athlete or relay team with a qualifying mark in 36 of the 40 events, including 19 of the 20 on the men's side.
Student-athletes with marks among the top 100 in the country on the men's side include American's Mark Allen (79th, 5000m run), Army's Kyler Martin (88th, 60m Hurldes), Bucknell's Leonard Joseph (32nd, weight throw), Christian Lupica (91st, 60m Hurdles) and Ray Holmes (99th, triple jump), Colgate's Chris Johnson (93rd, 5000m run), Lehigh's Adeolu Adesida (60th, high jump) and Navy's Zack Duncavage (33rd, weight throw), Mark Vetere (75th, pole vault) and Jiles Maness (88th, pole vault).
On the women's side, student-athletes among the NCAA top 100 include Army's Lisa Junta (95th, 5000m run) and Lafayette's Elise Buffinton (78th, pole vault).
The championships, hosted by future Patriot League member Boston University, will be used in part to determine qualification for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships from March 8-9 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Navy's Jess Palacio made the NCAA Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships in the mile last season, while no one has made it on the men's side since Navy's Paul Harris competed in the 800-meter run in 2007.