May 29, 2012
Center Valley, Pa. - Bucknell hammer thrower Leonard Joseph and Navy discus thrower Zack Duncavage each qualified for the NCAA Championships by placing in the top 12 of their competition at the NCAA East Preliminaries in Jacksonville, Fla. over the weekend.
Joseph tied a personal best of 206-3 during Friday's hammer throw competition. The distance ranked him 12th in the field - the last spot available to qualify for the national finals.
Duncavage broke his personal and Navy's discus record with a throw of 182-11. He placed seventh overall in the regional to advance to the national finals.
Joseph's teammate Kat Folger placed 31st in the women's javelin with a throw of 133-8 while fellow Bison Tayler Siegrist threw 133-2 to finish 32nd to complete their seasons.
Navy's Cody Rome placed 23rd in the 5,000m run with a time of 14:24.40 to finish his collegiate career. Navy freshman Mark Vetere finished 43rd in the pole vault during Sunday's competition, clearing 15-11 ¾ .
Four other Patriot League schools were also represented in Jacksonville. Army, Colgate, Lafayette, and Lehigh all had student athletes competing in the East Preliminaries.
Nicholas Snoad of Army finished his season by placing 37th in the hammer throw with a throw of 183-8. Fellow Black Knight Lisa Junta finished 33rd in the 10,000m, running a time of 36:50.56.
Colgate's Chris Johnson placed 11th in the 5,000m run with a time of 14:16.77, while Chelsea Burns ran the women's 5,000m with a time of 16:39.83 and a 17th place finish.
Lafayette's Jerome Rudolph competed in the 100m dash, placing 39th with a time of 10.74. Rachel Pena placed 33rd in the hammer throw with a distance of 175-8 for the Leopards.
Lehigh's Katherine Pierce took 36th place in the women's 10,000m run, clocking in at 37:08.14.
The NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships will take place June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa.
This is the seventh consecutive year that the Patriot League has sent student- athletes to the NCAA Track and Field Championships. Four out of those seven championship trips have included more than one school.
The most recent competitors hailed from Bucknell and Army during the 2011 championship. Ted Heitzman finished 6th in the javelin for the Bison while Domonick Sylve placed 11th in the 110-meter hurdles for the Black Knights.
Navy's last championship participant was Paul Harris. He finished 23rd in the 800 meter dash in 2006, and qualified for the same race in 2007 but did not place.