April 17, 2004
WEST POINT, N.Y.-The undefeated Navy men's track team (13-0) outscored Army 45-26 in the sprints en route to a 105-98 victory Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium on the campus of the United States Military Academy. With the victory, Navy evened the all-time series against the Black Knights at 39.
"Coming into the meet we knew we had to dominate the sprints to have a chance to win and we did just that," said Navy head track & field coach Steve Cooksey.
Navy was led by a veteran and a youngster as senior Erik Schmidt and freshman Trey Hines won two events apiece.
Schmidt took home first place honors in the 1500 meters (3:49.30) and the 800 meters (1:52.18), while Hines won the 100 (10.91) and 200-meter (21.81) dash. Hines, with the blessing of head coach Paul Johnson, skipped Saturday's football scrimmage to run in the meet.
The Mids also got first place finishes in the running events from former football player Sina Ekundayo in the 110-meter hurdles (14.97) and Eric Porter in the 400 meters (47.35) while both the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay teams were victorious as well.
Army dominated the field events, winning seven of the nine events and outscoring Navy, 51-37. The Mids did get first place finishes from Nate Michael in the discus (179-00) and Kelly Stephens in the pole vault (15-11).