April 8, 2014
Patriot League Composite Schedule
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Rivalry weekend in the Patriot League produced a pair of splits as Army/Navy and Lafayette/Lehigh renewed acquaintances.
Navy and Army faced off at West Point, with the Mids scoring an impressive 124-79 win in the men's meet while the Black Knights beat out the Mids 103.5-99.5 on the women's side. Army won the women's Star Meet for the first time since 2008 and ended an 11-meet losing streak (indoor and outdoor) to the Mids, while the Navy men tied Army 44-44 in the all-time series.
Host Lafayette edged Lehigh by one point, 102-101, in the men's meet while the Mountain Hawks pulled out a 107-96 win on the women's side. The Lehigh women joined the Navy men in sweeping their counterparts in indoor/outdoor competition this season, while the Navy/Army women and Lafayette/Lehigh men reversed the results from the indoor campaign.
Patriot League Track and Field Weekly Awards
M-F ATHLETIC MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
JORDAN SARTOR-FRANCIS, NAVY So., Jonesboro, Ga.
Sartor-Francis led Navy to a 124-79 win over rival Army by winning both the 100 and 200-meter dash at West Point on Saturday. He clocked IC4A qualifying times of 10.68 in the 100m and 21.32 in the 200m, which is the fastest in the Patriot League this season. Sartor-Francis earns his first Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Track Athlete of the Week award of the outdoor season.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
M-F ATHLETIC MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
JAY STELL, NAVY So., Carlsbad, N.M.
GEMMA ACHEAMPONG, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Jr., Waterbury, Conn.
Acheampong wins her second Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Track Athlete of the Week honor in the past three weeks after setting ECAC qualifying times in the 100-meter dash and 4 X 100m relay at the Florida Relays. She ran the 100m in 11.75 seconds, the top time in the Patriot League that was not wind-aided this season. The 4 X 100m relay team finished in 47.06 seconds.
Stell earns his second consecutive Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Field Athlete of the Week award after a school-record 70.72 meter javelin toss in a 124-79 win at Army on Saturday. He broke the school mark of 70.42 set by Stan Duplaga in 1993, and also bested the record in the Army-Navy meet set at 68.26 by Army's Craig Young in 1989. The 70.72 meter throw places Stell at 12th in the nation in the javelin this season, and first in the Patriot League
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
ALLISON BARWISE, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., Orange, Conn.
Barwise has won each of the three Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Field Athlete of the Week honors in the outdoor season as she continues to rank as the top competitor in the nation in the high jump. Barwise had her best jump of the year at 1.85 meters at the Florida Relays, finishing in first place as she was the only athlete to achieve the height on her first jump. The two other athletes who achieved a 1.85m jump at the Florida Relays are the only others in the country to match Barwise at the height this season.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
JUSTIN FLYNN, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Fr., Rochester Hills, Mich.
Flynn clocked the fastest 100-meter dash time in the Patriot League this season at 10.55 at the Florida Relays over the weekend. He also recorded another IC4A qualifying time as part of Boston University's school-record 4 X 100m relay which finished in 40.97 seconds. Flynn is named Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Rookie of the Week for the first time in the outdoor season.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
COURTNEY AVERY, LEHIGH Fr., Wyanantskill, N.Y.
Avery won the high jump against Lafayette with a leap of 1.65 meters, helping Lehigh defeat the Leopards 107-96 in the women's competition. Avery picks up her first Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Rookie of the Week award in the outdoor season after a record-tying three during the indoor campaign.
JOSE SANTANA, ARMY Fr., Orlando, Fla.
Santana had IC4A qualifying times in the 100m (10.74), 200m (21.59) and 4 X 100m relay (41.58) against Navy on Saturday.
RACHEL PENA, LAFAYETTE Sr., Ridgefield Park, N.J.
Pena recorded a mark of 59.90 meters in the hammer throw to win the event against Lehigh on Saturday, and also took first place in the shot put against the Mountain Hawks.
STEPHANIE OKPOEBO, HOLY CROSS Sr., Chelmsford, Mass.
Okpoebo set a school record and ECAC qualifying time of 11.76 in the 100-meter dash at the Colonial Relays over the weekend.
REUBEN HORACE, BOSTON UNIVERSITY So., Warwick, R.I.
Horace had an IC4A qualifying toss of 59.22 meters in the hammer throw at the Florida Relays.
JOHN POPE, AMERICAN Sr., Carlisle, Pa.
Pope finished fifth in the 10,000-meter run at the Colonial Relays with an IC4A qualifying time of 30:45.44.
BROOKE ASTOR, LEHIGH Sr., Milltown, N.J.
Astor won four events to lead Lehigh to a 107-96 win over rival Lafayette on Saturday.
BENJAMIN BEAUCHAMP, LEHIGH Sr., Spencer, N.Y.
Beauchamp won the discus against Lafayette with an IC4A qualifying toss of 50.11 meters.
Patriot League Notebook
Patriot League in the NCAA Top 50
Boston University's Allison Barwise won the high jump at the Florida Relays over the weekend with a leap of 1.85 meters, which also keeps her tied for the top mark in Division I this season. Barwise is one of eight Patriot Leaguers rated in the top 50 of an event nationally, and one of five women along with Lafayette's Rachel Pena (20th, hammer), Lehigh's Brooke Astor (25th, heptathlon), BU's Toria Levy (40th, 400m hurdles) and Navy's Lauren Allam (49th, discus). Navy's Jay Stell recorded the 12th-best javelin throw with his school-record toss of 70.72 meters on Saturday at Army, and is one of three men in the top 50 along with teammate Zack Duncavage (29th, discus) and Lehigh's Tyler Mueller (36th, 10,000m).
Wrapping up the Weekend
While four of the League's schools had dual matchups, the rest of the teams were taking part in invitationals over the weekend. Bucknell, American, Holy Cross and Loyola (W) all went to the Colonial Relays, where the Bison won on the men's side and were the top Patriot League finisher in fifth place in the women's competition. Boston University went to the Florida Relays and the Yellowstone Invitational.
Coming Up Next
With less than a month to go until the Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships, all teams will stay busy as they prepare for the meet. Bucknell and Army will both host events this weekend, with Lehigh and American among the teams joining the Bison and Colgate part of the contingent heading to West Point. Boston University and Navy will both go to the George Mason Invitational, while Holy Cross, Lafayette and Loyola will also be in action. View the entire Patriot League Composite Schedule
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.