April 2, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The early results for the outdoor track and field season have been quite impressive for a handful of Patriot League competitors.
Boston University's Allison Barwise has twice reached 1.84 meters in the high jump, tied for the top women's mark in Division I with Oregon's Lauren Crockett. Lehigh's Tyler Mueller ran the fifth-fastest men's 10,000-meter run of the outdoor season over the weekend, while BU's Michelle Sumner has the sixth-best women's time in the same event to date.
Barwise, Mueller and Sumner were all among the Patriot League weekly award winners on Monday.
Patriot League Track and Field Weekly Awards
M-F ATHLETIC MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
TYLER MUELLER, LEHIGH Sr., Pottstown, Pa.
Mueller finished with a time of 29:19.76 in the 10,000-meter run at the Raleigh Relays over the weekend to easily eclipse the IC4A standard by nearly two minutes and place fifth among all Division I competitors to date in the outdoor season. He also set a school record in the race where he finished fourth in the highest-seeded section.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
MICHELLE SUMNER, BOSTON UNIVERSITY So., Annandale, N.J.
Sumner ran the 10,000-meter run at the Raleigh Relays in an ECAC qualifying time of 35:23.32, putting her tops in the Patriot League and sixth in the nation in the outdoor season. The time is over three minutes ahead of the next-closest in the Patriot League.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
JAY STELL, NAVY So., Carlsbad, N.M.
Stell won the javelin with an IC4A qualifying mark of 64.15 meters at the Maryland Invitational on Saturday. It was the best javelin toss in the Patriot League this season and the fifth-farthest in Stell's career. He is named Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Field Athlete of the Week for the first time after three Rookie of the Week honors in the outdoor season last year.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
ALLISON BARWISE, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., Orange, Conn.
After matching the best mark in the high jump on the opening weekend of the outdoor season with a leap of 1.84 meters, Barwise hit the mark again to take first place at the Raleigh Relays over the weekend. She remains tied with Oregon's Lauren Crockett for the best high jump in the outdoor season, and is named Patriot League M-F Athlete Female Field Athlete of the Week for the second straight time.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
GRIFFIE LOY, NAVY Fr., Mount Pleasant, S.C.
Loy placed first in the discus with an IC4A qualifying mark of 47.90 meters at the Maryland Invitational on Saturday and second in the shot put with a mark of 15.27 meters. He is named Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Rookie of the Week for the first time.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
TORIA LEVY, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Fr., Weston, Fla.
Levy earns her second straight Patriot League M-F Athlete Female Rookie of the Week award after hitting an ECAC qualifying time of 59.78 in the 400-meter hurdles at the Raleigh Relays. It was more than two seconds faster than her 400m hurdle time last weekend, and is the top mark in the Patriot League and 27th in the nation in the outdoor season. Levy was also part of BU's 4 X 400m relay team which broke the school record with a time of 3:43.55.
REUBEN HORACE, BOSTON UNIVERSITY So., Warwick, R.I.
Horace had an IC4A qualifying toss of 58.94 meters in the hammer throw at the Raleigh Relays.
BROOKE ASTOR, LEHIGH Sr., Milltown, N.J.
Astor won the heptathlon with a school record 5,083 points at the Winthrop Invitational, placing first in six of the seven events.
AZEEZAT OLATUNDE, ARMY Sr., Olney, Md.
Olatunde set ECAC qualifying marks in both the discus (44.72m) and shot put (14.31m) at the Bobcat Invitational over the weekend.
RACHEL PENA, LAFAYETTE Sr., Ridgefield Park, N.J.
Pena won the hammer throw at the Lafayette 8-Way with an ECAC qualifying toss of 56.82 meters, and also took first place in the shot put at 12.24 meters.
ALEC OLSON, BOSTON UNIVERSITY So., Excelsior, Minn.
Olson had an IC4A qualifying time of 9:08.06 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Raleigh Relays, good for 15th in the nation to date.
ELIZABETH WEILER, LEHIGH So., Chester Springs, Pa.
Weiler hit an ECAC qualifying time of 17:02.51 in the 5,000-meter run at the Raleigh Relays over the weekend.
Patriot League Notebook
Men in the NCAA Top 50
Fourteen Patriot League male student-athletes are in the top 50 in Division I in an event in the outdoor season, and seven of those come from navy. Zack Duncavage (27th, discus), Jay Stell (47th, Javelin), Austin Batiste (26th, 400m dash) and
Steven Schroeder (50th, 5,000m run) all represent the Mids along with three of the Patriot League's seven top-50 competitors in the 10,000-meter run in Ryan Kelley (29th), Lucas Stalnaker (35th) and Mitchell Pratt (47th). Lehigh's Mueller leads the way among Patriot League competitors in the 10,000-meter run in fifth place in Division I and is also followed by teammates Ryan Mahalasky (14th), James Miller (26th) and Ryan Knouse (39th). Boston University's Alec Olson (16th, 3,000m steeplechase) and Stephen Vitale (44th, 400m hurdles) also have NCAA top 50 ranks along with Army's Christopher Kittle (31st, Decathlon).
Women in the NCAA Top 50
Barwise and Sumner lead a group of four BU women who have a rank in the top 50 in Division I in the outdoor season. Toria Levy (27th, 400m hurdles) and Gemma Acheampong (43rd, 100m dash) join their teammates and six other Patriot Leaguers with top 50 spots. The others come from three schools, with Brooke Astor (19th, heptathlon) and Elizabeth Weiler (43rd, 5,000m run) from Lehigh, Rachel Pena (19th, hammer) and Stephanie Benko (34th, 3,000m steeplechase) from Lafayette and Maressa Guynn (39th, discus) and Christina Blair (48th, 3,000m steeplechase) from Navy.
Rivalries Highlight Weekend Slate
The two fiercest rivalries in the Patriot League will take center stage on the schedule on Saturday. Lehigh visits Lafayette in Easton while Navy heads to West Point to face off with Army as both matchups feature men and women's competitions. The other six schools will also be in action, with American, Bucknell, Holy Cross and Loyola Maryland all going to the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg.
Navy Men, BU Women Picked First in Preseason Polls
After winning the titles at the Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships in February, the Navy men and Boston University women were selected to do the same in the outdoor season as they took first place in the sport's preseason polls announced last week. The Navy men captured 14 first-place votes and 126 points to come in ahead of four-time defending outdoor champion Bucknell with the remaining four first-place nods and 115 points. Army (103), Boston University (79), Lehigh (72), Lafayette (60), Holy Cross (37), American (28) and Colgate (28) rounded out the rankings. Boston University was a solid top pick on the women's side after making its Patriot League debut with the team title at the indoor championships. The Terriers picked up 15 first-place votes and 157 points overall, coming in ahead of Lehigh (133 points/2 first-place votes), Navy (129/2) and defending champion Bucknell (127/1). Holy Cross (93), Army (87), Lafayette (71), Colgate (47), Loyola (36) and American (20) completed the women's poll order.
2014 Patriot League Outdoor Championship
The 2014 Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be hosted by the United States Naval Academy at Ingram Field in Annapolis, Md. on May 2-3. Bucknell is the defending champion in both the men and women's competitions.