April 23, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Patriot League teams will head to the prestigious Penn Relays over the weekend for final preparations for the League Outdoor Championships at Navy on May 2-3.
One week after seven schools competed in the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton, nine will send at least one of their squads to the Penn Relays beginning on Thursday.
A handful of Patriot Leaguers earned positions in the NCAA top 50 over the weekend, including Lafayette's Rachel Pena ranking 11th overall in the women's hammer.
Patriot League Track and Field Weekly Awards
M-F ATHLETIC MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
TYLER MUELLER, LEHIGH Sr., Pottstown, Pa.
Mueller placed second in the 5,000-meter run at the Larry Ellis Invitational with a time of 13:58.81, which cleared the IC4A standard by nearly 38 seconds and ranks 40th in the NCAA this season. Mueller set a school record by besting the mark of 14:10.30 set by Evans Kosgei in 2012. He placed second in the race and surpassed his personal best by 14 seconds. Mueller is named Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Track Athlete of the Week for the second time in the outdoor season.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
ELIZABETH WEILER, LEHIGH So., Chester Springs, Pa.
Weiler had an outstanding showing in the 5,000-meter run at the Larry Ellis Invitational with a time of 16:43.42 to top the ECAC standard by 33 seconds. She broke an eight-year school record of 16:49.63 set by Jen Schappert in 2006. Weiler earns her first Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Track Athlete of the Week award.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
RACHEL PENA, LAFAYETTE Sr., Ridgefield Park, N.J.
JAY STELL, NAVY So., Carlsbad, N.M.
Stell ties a Patriot League single-season record with his third M-F Athletic Male Field Athlete of the Week award in the outdoor season after an IC4A-qualifying toss of 66.57 to win the javelin at the Tom Jones Memorial. The mark was the fourth-farthest of his career and topped any Patriot Leaguer this season. Stell is the fifth male to earn three M-F Athletic Field Athlete of the Week awards in the outdoor campaign, and first since Bucknell's Leonard Joseph in 2012.
Pena wins the Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Field Athlete of the Week award for the second straight time and fifth in her outdoor career after an outstanding hammer toss of 62.99 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational. The mark puts Pena first in the Patriot League by 24 feet and 11th in the nation as she hit a personal best by six feet. She finished second in the event to the No. 1 thrower in the NCAA.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
JOSE SANTANA, ARMY Fr., Orlando, Fla.
Santana hit IC4A qualifying times in both the 400-meter dash and 4 X 100m relay at the Larry Ellis Invitational. He won the 400m with a time of 48.03, and helped Army place fourth in the 4 X 100m in 41.79. He is now qualified for the IC4As in the 100m, 200m and 400m. Santana earns his second Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Rookie of the Week award in the outdoor campaign.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
COURTNEY AVERY, LEHIGH Fr., Wynantskill, N.Y.
Avery hit an ECAC qualifying mark in the high jump and placed third at 1.70 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational. She is named Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Rookie of the Week for the second time in the outdoor season.
BROOKE ASTOR, LEHIGH Sr., Milltown, N.J.
Astor set a Lehigh record and now ranks 28th in the NCAA in the heptathlon with a score of 5,324 at the Mt. SAC Relays.
MARESSA GUYNN, NAVY Sr., Uniontown, Pa.
Guynn won the discus at the James Madison Invitational with an ECAC mark of 51.15 meters, which is 47th in the NCAA this season.
JORDAN SARTOR-FRANCIS, NAVY So., Jonesboro, Ga.
Sartor-Francis hit IC4A qualifying times in the 100m (10.55) and 200m (21.33) at the Tom Jones Memorial.
GRIFFIE LOY, NAVY Fr., Mount Pleasant, S.C.
Loy won the shot put at the Tom Jones Memorial with an IC4A mark of 16.18 meters.
STEPHANIE OKPOEBO, HOLY CROSS Sr., Chelmsford, Mass.
Okpoebo hit an ECAC qualifying time in the 100-meter dash at 11.78 to take first place at the Holy Cross Invitational.
STEPHANIE BENKO, LAFAYETTE So., New Canaan, Conn.
Benko had the fastest 3,000-meter steeplechase time in the Patriot League this season at 10:40.71 at the Larry Ellis Invitational.
Patriot League Notebook
Patriot League in the NCAA Top 50
After notching the No. 40 ranking in the NCAA in the men's 5,000-meter run over the weekend, Lehigh's Tyler Mueller is now the only Patriot Leaguer with a pair of NCAA top 50 marks as he also comes in 44th in the 10,000-meter run. Five other males have a spot on the NCAA top 50 list, including Navy's Jay Stell at 14th in javelin, Navy's Zack Duncavage 34th in the discus, Lehigh's Adeolu Adesida 38th in the high jump and Army's Clyde Wilson at 45th and Navy's Joshua Kingsland 48th in the 800-meter run. The four females who rank in the NCAA top 50 are all in field events, and three hit the mark over the weekend with Lafayette's Rachel Pena now 11th in the hammer, Lehigh's Brooke Astor 28th in the heptathlon and Navy's Maressa Guynn at 47th in the discus. Boston University's Allison Barwise slipped one spot in the high jump, but still holds the top mark in the Patriot League in any event at No. 3 in the nation.
Six Patriot Leaguers have the top time or mark in more than one event this season, with four of those on the men's side. Navy's Jordan-Sartor Francis (100m and 200m) and Zack Duncavage (shot put and discus), Lehigh's Tyler Mueller (5,000m and 10,000m) and Bucknell's Ray Holmes (triple jump and long jump) each have the top mark in multiple men's events, with Boston University's Christina Wood (200m and 400m) and Allison Barwise (high jump and long jump) for the women. The preseason favorites are living up to their billing, as Navy has the top time or mark in nine men's events and Boston University holds the distinction in 12 of 22 women's events.
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.