April 16, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Just two weekends remain before the Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Navy on May 2-3, and League squads will see plenty of each other before the big meet.
This weekend, seven Patriot League schools will compete at the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton, N.J. on Friday and Saturday. Next weekend, nearly every school will send student-athletes to the Penn Relays to get in their final competition before the Patriot League Championships. For all of the upcoming events, view the Patriot League Composite Schedule
Patriot League Notebook
Patriot League in the NCAA Top 50
Boston University senior Allison Barwise fell to No. 2 in the nation in the women's high jump, but has also earned a spot in the top 50 in the long jump after coming in as the No. 43 competitor in the country following her performance over the weekend. She is the only Patriot Leaguer in the NCAA top 50 of two events, and one of nine ranked overall. Boston University's Toria Levy (50th, 400m hurdles), Lafayette's Rachel Pena (27th, hammer) and Lehigh's Brooke Astor (33rd, heptathlon) also appear in the women's top 50, while the men's side includes Lehigh's Tyler Mueller (37th, 10,000m) and Adeolu Adesida (33rd, High Jump), Navy's Zack Duncavage (34th, Discus) and Jay Stell (13th, Javelin) and Army's Christopher Kittle (50th, Decathlon).
Wrapping up the Weekend
Five student-athletes have the top time or mark in the Patriot League in more than one event. In addition to Barwise in the high jump and long jump, BU's Christina Wood has the top time in the Patriot League in the 200-meter and 400-meter dash as the Terriers hold the best time or mark in 12 of 22 women's events. No other school has more than three top women's marks. The men's side is more evenly distributed, as Navy leads the way with seven top marks including Duncavage in both the discus and shot put. Boston University is next with five, followed by Bucknell with four and Army and Lehigh with three apiece. Bucknell's Ray Holmes has the top mark in both the triple jump and long jump, while Lehigh's Tyler Mueller leads the Patriot League in the 5,000 and 10,000-meter runs.
A face-off between Navy and Boston University at the George Mason Spring Invitational highlighted the schedule over the weekend. The Mids got the better in both ends by finishing second in both the men and women's competition in fields of 20 teams or more while BU was third on the women's side and 10th in the men's. The Army men were first and women second in the school's Six-Team Meet, while Lafayette was in the top five for men and women at the Rider Invitational.
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.
Patriot League Track and Field Weekly Awards
M-F ATHLETIC MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
ALEC OLSON, BOSTON UNIVERSITY So., Excelsior, Minn.
Olson posted the fastest time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in the Patriot League this season as he won the race with an IC4A qualifying 9:07.38 at the George Mason Spring Invitational. Olson topped his personal best and won the race by over five seconds.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
MICHELLE SUMNER, BOSTON UNIVERSITY So., Annandale, N.J.
Sumner won the 5,000-meter run at the George Mason Spring Invitational with an ECAC qualifying time of 16:59.52, which is the fastest in the Patriot League this season. She won the race by over 20 seconds and improved on her top 5,000m outdoor time from last year by 40 seconds. Sumner joins teammate Gemma Acheampong as a two-time winner of the Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Track Athlete of the Week award in the outdoor season.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
ZACK DUNCAVAGE, NAVY Sr., League City, Texas
Duncavage easily surpassed IC4A standards in both the discus and hammer throw at the George Mason Spring Invitational. He placed second in the discus with a mark of 57.06 meters, and third in the hammer with a toss of 55.52 meters. Duncavage matches teammate Jay Stell with a pair of Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Field Athlete of the Week awards in the outdoor season, and wins the award for the fifth time in his career in the outdoor campaign.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
RACHEL PENA, LAFAYETTE Sr., Ridgefield Park, N.J.
Pena won the hammer throw at the Rider Invitational with an ECAC qualifying mark of 59.81 meters, just missing her top toss of the year. Pena ranks ninth in the East Region and 20th overall in the event this season. She also finished second in the shot put with a mark of 11.98 meters. Pena wins the Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Field Athlete of the Week award in the outdoor season for the first time this year and fourth in her career.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
JUSTIN FLYNN, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Fr., Rochester Hills, Mich.
Flynn wins his second straight Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Rookie of the Week award after hitting an IC4A qualifying time at 21.53 in the 200-meter dash at the George Mason Spring Invitational. He finished fifth in the race, and also placed eighth in the 100-meter dash in 11.85 seconds.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
FELICIA SCOIRTINO, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Fr., Niskayuna, N.Y.
Sciortino won the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the George Mason Spring Invitational in a time of 11:05.55. It was her first collegiate victory as she posted the third-fastest 3,000m steeplechase time in the Patriot League this season.
ALLISON BARWISE, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., Orange, Conn.
Barwise posted the best long jump in the Patriot League this season, and in the top 50 nationally, with a mark of 6.07 meters at the George Davis Invitational.
JACK FELLOWS, BUCKNELL Jr., Cumberland Center, Maine
Fellows set IC4A marks in the shot put (16.19m), discus (48.04m) and hammer throw (53.10m) at the Bison Outdoor Classic.
ADEOLU ADESIDA, LEHIGH Jr., Princeton, N.J.
Adesida had an IC4A qualifying high jump of 2.13 meters to take first place at the Coach Pollard Invite at Moravian.
TERONDA BROWN, NAVY Sr., Angleton, Texas
Brown set an ECAC qualifying mark in the discus at 46.07 meters at the George Mason Spring Invitational.
JIMIL ATAMAN, LEHIGH Sr., Eagle, Idaho
Ataman won the hammer throw at both the Bison Outdoor Classic and Coach Pollard Invite with ECAC qualifying marks of 54.63 meters and 53.67 meters, respectively.
AUSTIN BATISTE, NAVY So., Long Beach, Calif.
Batiste took second place in the 400-meter dash at the George Mason Spring Invitational with an IC4A qualifying time of 47.46.
MANUEL PASTRANA, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Pastrana won the javelin with an IC4A mark of 62.15 meters at the George Davis Invitational.
STEPHANIE OKPOEBO, HOLY CROSS Sr., Chelmsford, Mass.
Okpoebo had ECAC qualifying times in the 100-meter dash (12.06) and 4 X 100m relay (46.98) at the Minuteman Invitational.