June 16, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Four Patriot Leaguers competed at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships over the weekend at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., and the results were outstanding as Navy's Jay Stell and Boston University's Allison Barwise had two of the best-ever finishes out of the League.
Stell placed third in the men's javelin, matching Army's Jason Stewart (1994, 5,000-meter run) and American's Sean Duffy (2005, 1,500-meter run) for the best men's finish in Patriot League history at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Barwise came in sixth place in the women's high jump, the second-best mark ever on the women's side behind Fordham's Lauren Gubicza placing third in the 3,000-meter run in 1993.
Stell began the second heat with a throw of 71.30m, which placed him third overall amongst the 24 competitors. He threw a mark of 67.95m for his second throw and fouled his third throw to wrap up his three throws in the second heat. Stell's mark of 71.30m placed him third overall to qualify in the final heat of the NCAA Championship.
Stell's mark of 71.30m withstood the rest of the competitors and placed him third overall at the NCAA Championship to earn First Team All-America laurels. His throw of 71.30m was .05m off of his personal-best 71.35m that he set at the NCAA East Regional Preliminaries two weeks ago. Stell becomes the first Patriot Leaguer to earn first-team All-America honors from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) since Bucknell's Ted Heitzman in the javelin in 2011.
Barwise finished sixth in the high jump with a mark of 1.83 meters. She had clean jumps at 1.77m, 1.80m and 1.83m before missing at 1.86 meters. She earns a First-Team All-America selection thanks to her top-eight finish, joining Gubicza as the only Patriot League females with that distinction. Barwise finished an outstanding outdoor season that saw her earn the Patriot League Female Field Athlete of the Meet award and the USTFCCCA Northeast Region Field Athlete of the Year honor.
Also competing over the weekend were Boston University track standouts Rich Peters and Rosa Moriello. Peters placed sixth in his semifinal heat of the 1,500m on Thursday with a time of 3:46.74, edged by just four-tenths of a second for fifth place and an automatic spot in the finals. Peters was a first-team All-America selection in the indoor season by finishing fourth in the mile at the NCAA Championships. Moriello finished 18th in the 5,000m run with a time of 16:31.13 to complete an outstanding season that included the individual title at the Patriot League Cross Country Championship and victories at the League Championship in both the indoor and outdoor season. Peters earned second-team All-America honors, while Moriello was an Honorable Mention All-America.
The four representatives gave the Patriot League its largest contingent at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships since 2007.