April 18, 2008
CENTERVILLE, Mass. - Two days after earning Patriot League Field Athlete-of-the-Week kudos, Navy men's track & field thrower Darryl Hunter (Sr./Des Moines, Iowa) has been recognized as the ECAC Field Athlete of the Week, it was announced by the conference office on Friday morning.
This is the first time this outdoor season and marks the second occasion during his career that Hunter has earned ECAC Field Athlete-of-the Week distinction. Hunter is the second Navy competitor to be honored by the ECAC this season, as Paul Harris (Sr./Fairburn, Ga.) was named the conference's track athlete-of-the-week on March 27.
Hunter won the shot put with a regional-qualifying toss of 57'1/4" (17.38 meters), nearly one foot longer than his previous career-best performance. Later in the meet during the discus throw, he uncorked a career-long 170'2" (51.88 meters) to earn a spot in the regional championship.
With the help of Hunter, Navy rolled to a convincing 118-85 victory over Army in the annual Star Meet last Friday. The 33-point margin of victory is the largest for either team since the dual-scoring system was changed one decade ago.
The Midshipmen (10-0) will return to action on April 24-26, when they head to the prestigious Penn Relays at Franklin Field.