Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships Preview

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May 1, 2014

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Bucknell has dominated both the men and women's competitions at the Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships in recent seasons, but the Bison do not come in as the favorite on either side in the event on Friday and Saturday at Ingram Field on the campus of the United States Naval Academy.

After winning the titles at the Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships in February, the Navy men and Boston University women have been selected to do the same in the outdoor season as they took first place in the sport's preseason polls announced in March. 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.

The championships get underway on Friday with finals in the hammer, javelin, pole vault and long jump on the field, as well as the 10,000-meter run and 4 X 800m relay on the track. The remaining 16 events on both the men and women's side will be completed on Saturday when the Patriot League champions will be crowned. First-team All-Patriot League status goes to the winners of each event, while second-place finishers comprise the second-team All-League squads. Head coaches will vote following the conclusion of the championship on Male and Female Track Athlete, Field Athlete, Rookie and Coach of the Year honors.



A full schedule of events is available at 2014 Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships Central, which also includes Live Results to follow the action throughout the weekend.

Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships Notebook

Patriot League in the NCAA Top 50
Seven of the eight Patriot Leaguers that rank in the top 50 in the NCAA come in the field events, but the lone competitor with a pair of rankings is on the track. Lehigh's Tyler Mueller enters the League Championships at 40th in the NCAA in the 5,000-meter run, and 44th in the 10,000-meter run. He is joined on the men's side by teammate Adeolu Adesida in 42nd in the high jump, as well as a pair from Navy in the top 20 with Jay Stell at 15th in the javelin and Zack Duncavage 20th in the discus. The four females who rank in the NCAA top 50 are all in field events, led by Boston University's Allison Barwise at fourth in the nation in the high jump. Her teammate, Nikko Brady, stands 27th in the long jump while Lafayette's Rachel Pena is 11th in the hammer and Lehigh's Brooke Astor ranks 28th in the heptathlon.

Top Marks of 2014
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 Nikko Brady (long jump and 100m hurdles) 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. The following student-athletes have the top times and marks in the Patriot League heading into this weekend's championships. The full listing of the top 20 in each event from the Patriot League this season is available here

100-meter dash: Justin Flynn, Boston University/Jordan Sartor-Francis, Navy (10.55)
200-meter dash: Jordan Sartor-Francis, Navy (21.05 - Indoor)
400-meter dash: Austin Batiste, Navy (46.90 - Indoor)
800-meter run: Clyde Wilson, Army (1:49.63)
1,500-meter run: Weston Kennedy, Navy (3:48.66)
5,000-meter run: Tyler Mueller, Lehigh (13:58.81)
10,000-meter run: Tyler Mueller, Lehigh (29:19.76)
110-meter hurdles: Christian Lupica, Bucknell (14.17)
400-meter hurdles: Stephen Vitale, Boston University (52.80)
3,000-meter steeplechase: Shane O'Donnell, Navy (9:00.72)
4 X 100m relay: Boston University (40.97)
4 X 400m relay: Army (3:09.36)
4 X 800m relay: Army (7:31.64)
High Jump: Adeolu Adesida, Lehigh (2.18m - Indoor)
Pole Vault: Jiles Maness, Navy (5.25m - Indoor)
Long Jump: Ray Holmes, Bucknell (7.31m - Indoor)
Triple Jump: Ray Holmes, Bucknell (15.17m - (Indoor)
Shot Put: Zack Duncavage, Navy (16.61m - Indoor)
Discus: Zack Duncavage, Navy (58.27m)
Hammer: Reuben Horace, Boston University (59.22m)
Javelin: Jay Stell, Navy (70.72m)
Decathlon: Christopher Kittle, Army (6,528)

100-meter dash: Gemma Acheampong, Boston University (11.68)
200-meter dash: Christina Wood, Boston University (24.04 - Indoor)
400-meter dash: Christina Wood, Boston University (54.30 - Indoor)
800-meter run: Jessica Kendzor, Lehigh (2:09.79)
1,500-meter run: Hana Casalnova, Bucknell (4:30.69)
5,000-meter run: Rosa Moriello, Boston University (16:25.53 - Indoor)
10,000-meter run: Michelle Sumner, Boston University (35:23.32)
100-meter hurdles: Nikko Brady, Boston University (13.84)
400-meter hurdles: Toria Levy, Boston University (59.78)
3,000-meter steeplechase: Stephanie Benko, Lafayette (10:40.71)
4 X 100m relay: Boston University (45.99)
4 X 400m relay: Boston University (3:38.77)
4 X 800m relay: Army (8:59.39)
High Jump: Allison Barwise, Boston University (1.85m)
Pole Vault: Elise Buffinton, Lafayette (3.95m - Indoor)
Long Jump: Nikko Brady, Boston University (6.21m)
Triple Jump: Tessa Runels, Boston University (11.95m)
Shot Put: Azeezat Olatunde, Army (14.31m)
Discus: Maressa Guynn, Navy (51.15m)
Hammer: Rachel Pena, Lafayette (62.99m)
Javelin: Justine Rennekamp, Army (43.40m)
Heptathlon: Brooke Astor, Lehigh (5,324)

Returning Event Winners
While student-athletes from Boston University hold the top mark in the Patriot League in 10 of the 19 women's individual events heading into the League Championships, they will face stiff competition from an experienced group of Patriot League event winners. Holy Cross' Stephanie Okpoebo closes out her distinguished career trying to complete a four-year sweep of titles in both the 100-meter and 200-meter, while Bucknell's Jennifer Zymet aims to do the same in the 400-meter. Only six female student-athletes have ever won the same event in all four of their seasons at the Outdoor Championships, and none have pulled it off in multiple events as Okpoebo aims for this weekend. Lehigh's Brooke Astor goes for her third straight heptathlon title and also returns as the winner in the 100-meter hurdles, while others who won events at last year's championships on the women's side include Bucknell's Chrissy Haney (400-meter hurdles), Alyssa Cardillo (long jump) and Sophia Nnadi (shot put), Navy's Maressa Guynn (discus), Crystan McLymore (triple jump) and Alix Membreno (javelin), Lafayette's Rose Willey (3,000-meter steeplechase) and Elise Buffinton (pole vault) and Lehigh's Jimil Ataman (hammer).

The men's competition includes 10 returning individual event winners, but none who captured more than one title last season. Navy leads the way with four returning winners including Weston Kennedy (1,500-meter), Mark Vetere (pole vault), Zack Duncavage (discus) and Jay Stell (javelin), while three other schools have two back with Army's Clyde Wilson (800-meter) and Shane Jones (shot put), Bucknell's Kevin Keller (long jump) and Ray Holmes (triple jump) and Lehigh's Ryan Paquin (decathlon) and Patrick Ciez (high jump). Vetere and Duncavage each go for a third straight title in their event, while Ciez aims for a third high jump crown after winning in 2011 as well as last season.

2013 Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships Recap
For the third time in the last four seasons, Bucknell pulled off a sweep at the Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships as the Bison won the title on both the men and women's side on May 4 at Lehigh's Goodman Campus Track.

The Bucknell men took home their fourth-consecutive outdoor title, finishing with 184 points to pull in ahead of Army (170) and Navy (159). Lehigh (85) was next with Lafayette (32), American (26), Colgate (16) and Holy Cross (10) rounding out the field.

After a dominant performance at the indoor track and field championships in February, the Bucknell women were equally impressive to win their fourth outdoor title in five seasons. The Bison came in first place with 183 points, in front of runner-up Navy (141) and third-place Lehigh (119.25). Holy Cross (85.25), Lafayette (76.25), Army (66.25), Colgate (10) and American (1) rounded out the field. It was the first sweep of indoor and outdoor titles since the Bison also did it in 2010.

Following the meet, Bucknell Head Coach Kevin Donner was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year on both the men and women's sides. Additional individual awards included the following student-athletes.

Men's Track Athlete of the Meet: Kyler Martin, Army
Men's Field Athlete of the Meet: Leonard Joseph, Bucknell
Men's Rookie of the Meet: Jay Stell, Navy
Women's Track Athlete of the Meet: Stephanie Okpoebo, Holy Cross
Women's Field Athlete of the Meet: Maressa Guynn, Navy
Women's Rookie of the Meet: Chrissy Haney, Bucknell

Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championship History
Three schools have won all the titles for both the men and the women at the Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Army leads the way on the men's side with 17 titles, with a run of 16 straight from 1992-2007 as well as another crown in 2009. Bucknell has picked up from there with the last four titles to go with its inaugural crown from 1991, while Navy (2008) has the other championship when it ended Army's run. Bucknell leads all schools in the women's chase with 13 League titles, with 12 of those coming in the last 15 years. The Bison won the inaugural crown in 1991, four straight from 1999-02 and again from 2004-07, three in a row from 2009-11 and another last season. Army has eight League titles, with seven straight from 1992-98 and another in 2008. Navy (2003 and 2012) has two Patriot League women's outdoor titles.