April 11, 2012
Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Release (4.11.12)
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Navy and Lehigh each took care of their rivals over the weekend, picking up dual meet wins.
Navy swept Army with the men winning 102.5-100.5 and the women scoring a 116-87 victory at West Point, N.Y.
The Lehigh men picked up a 112-91 win over Lafayette, while the women defeated the Leopards 116-87 in Easton, Pa.
Despite the Mountain Hawks’ win, it was Lafayette’s Jerome Rudolph who had another big weekend, scoring three IC4A-qualifying times with a trio of first-place finishes. He won the 100 dash (10.42) and 200 dash (21.22), and he also helped the 400 relay team finish first in 41.19 seconds.
Rudolph, for the third straight week, was named the Patriot League Male Track Athlete of the Week. He continues to better his time in the 100 and holds the League’s top time at 10.42 seconds. He also owns the top time in the 200 at 21.22 seconds.
Lehigh also earned a weekly award with E’Lana Lemon being named the Female Field Athlete of the Week. She finished first in the hammer throw with an ECAC-qualifying distance of 177-6.
Navy won a pair of weekly awards with Jess Palacio being named the Female Track Athlete of the Week and Zack Duncavage being named the Male Field Athlete of the Week.
Palacio finished first in a pair of events, winning the 800 (2:13.98) and the 1,500 (4:31.15), while Duncavage posted an IC4A distance in the discus with his first-place finish (181-6). He also placed fifth in the shot put (47-4¼).
Bucknell swept the rookie weekly awards with Michael McGowan and Kim Nagotko each winning for the first time. McGowan helped lead the Bison men to a second-place finish at the Colonial Relays with his second-place finish in the 10,000. He posted an IC4A time of 30:22.55.
Nagotko helped the women finish third at the Colonial Relays with her pair of third-place finishes in the 800 relay and distance medley relay. She also placed 14th in the 200 with a time of 25.69.
All eight teams will be in action this weekend with Bucknell hosting the Bison Outdoor Classic, and Lehigh and Lafayette competing at the Moravian College Pollard Invitational. Lehigh and American also will compete at Bucknell. Colgate and Army will square off in a five team meet at West Point, N.Y.
Patriot League Notebook
NAVY MEN RANKED 3RD IN USTFCCCA REGION POLL
The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released its second regional poll on April 10 with the Navy men at No. 3 in the Mid-Atlantic Region with 446.30 points. Bucknell jumped from ninth to fifth with 319.69 points, and Lafayette moved from 13th to 10th (260.41). Army also moved up in the polls, going from fourth to third in the Northeast Region with 442.90.
On the women’s side, both Navy and Army remained in their respective region polls. Navy is down four spots to No. 9 with 236.23 points in the Mid-Atlantic Region, and Army is 13th in the Northeast Region with 206.47 points.
Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Weekly Awards
MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
JEROME RUDOLPH, LAFAYETTE Sr., Lithonia, Ga.
Rudolph wins his third straight weekly award in outdoor track with three IC4A-qualifying marks at the Lafayette-Lehigh Dual Meet Saturday. He placed first in all three events, winning the 100 dash (10.42), 200 dash (21.22) and 400 relay (41.19).
FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
JESS PALACIO, NAVY Sr., Sun Valley, Nev.
Palacio finished first in a pair of events, leading Navy past Army in the Star Meet. She won the 800 (2:13.98) and the 1,500 (4:31.15), narrowly missing ECAC standards in each. Palacio, who was an All-American in the mile in the indoor season, wins her sixth career outdoor weekly award.
MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
ZACK DUNCAVAGE, NAVY So., League City, Texas
Duncavage finished first in the discus with an IC4A distance of 181-6, leading the Mids past the Black Knights at the Star Meet. He also placed fifth in the shot put (47-4¼). This is his first Field Athlete of the Week award in outdoor track. He won a pair of Rookie of the Week awards last year.
FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
E'LANA LEMON, LEHIGH Jr., West Orange, N.J.
Lemon placed first in the hammer throw at the Lafayette-Lehigh Dual Meet, posting an ECAC distance of 177-6, helping the Mountain Hawks defeat the Leopards. This is her first Field Athlete of the Week award in outdoor track.
MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
MICHAEL MCGOWAN, BUCKNELL Fr., Ardmore, Pa.
McGowan finished second in the 10,000 at the Colonial Relays, posting at IC4A time of 30:22.55. This is his first outdoor weekly award.
FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
KIM NAGOTKO, BUCKNELL Fr., Mahwah, N.J.
Nagotko finished third in a pair of relays and 14th in the 200, just missing the ECAC standard with her time of 25.69 seconds. Her team completed the 800 relay in 1:41.40 and the distance medley relay in 11:45.88. This is her first outdoor weekly award.
ABBY MONAGHAN, BUCKNELL Jr., La Plata, Md.
Monaghan finished first in the discus at the Colonial Relays with an ECAC distance of 146-9. She also finished eighth in the hammer (143-4).
ROBERT ARENT, BUCKNELL Sr., New Providence, N.J.
Arent finished second overall and first among collegians in the 110 hurdles (14.31) at the Colonial Relays. It was one of two IC4A times he posted as he helped the 1,600 relay team finish in 3:16.95. He also placed third in the 400 hurdles (52.82) and second in the sprint medley relay (3:26.16).
LEONARD JOSEPH, BUCKNELL Jr., Whitesboro, N.Y.
Joseph finished second in the hammer at the Colonial Relays, posting an IC4A distance of 194-2.
DEVIN MONROE, LEHIGH Jr., Savern, Md.
Monroe posted a pair of IC4A times at the Lafayette-Lehigh Dual Meet, finishing second in the 400 relay (42.12) and third in the 200 dash (21.76).
CHRIS JOHNSON, COLGATE Jr., Murray, N.J.
Johnson finished first in the 5,000 (14:05.33) at the Sam Howell Invitational, qualifying for the IC4A Championships.
KRISTIN SMITH, NAVY Jr., Harleysville, Pa.
Smith finished first in three events at the Star Meet, and it included an ECAC height of 5-8¾ in the high jump. She also won the 400 hurdles (1:04.23) and the 400 relay (48.24).
MARK VETERE, NAVY Fr., Andover, Md.
Vetere placed first in the pole vault at the Star Meet with an IC4A distance of 15-9.