Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Weekly Release (12.5.11)

Bucknell's Tom Barr

Dec. 5, 2011

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- The indoor track and field season opened over the weekend with Bucknell and Navy qualifying several student-athletes for the IC4A and ECAC Championships.

Bucknell had four student-athletes -- Dave Brown, Tom Barr, Christian Lupica and Jessica Matsinger -- win weekly awards, while Navy and Lehigh each had one.

Lehigh junior E'Lana Lemon posted an ECAC-qualifying mark in the weight throw with a first-place finish of 57-7 to be named the Female Field Athlete of the Week for the fifth time in her career.

Navy's Brigid Byrne also was an ECAC qualifier in the 5,000-meter run, finishing first at the Navy Lidlifter with a time of 17:06.17. She helped the Mids finish first out of six teams in the first event of the season. Byrne was named the Female Track Athlete of the Week.

Bucknell hosted the Bison Opener on Saturday with Brown and Barr each meeting IC4A-qualifying marks. Brown finished first in the 5,000 with a time of 14:36.62, winning the Male Track Athlete of the Week award.

Barr was first in two events, both with IC4A-qualifying distances of 59-6¼ in the weight throw and 52-5½ in the shot put. He was named the Male Field Athlete of the Week.

A pair of Bucknell freshmen swept the Rookie of the Week awards as Lupica was the Male Rookie of the Week and Matsinger was the Female Rookie of the Week.

Leonard Joseph also picked up an IC4A-qualifying mark for the Bison, finishing behind Barr in the weight throw (58-3¼).

Byrne wasn't the only Navy Midshipmen to qualify for the postseason over the weekend as her teammate Katie Taylor finished second in the 5,000 with a time of 17:28.90, meeting an ECAC-qualifying mark. Jess Palacio did the same in the 3,000 with a time of 9:50.69 and Amanda Phelps qualified in the weight throw with a toss of 54-1.

On the men's side, Lucas Connelly and Matthew Evers both hit IC4A marks in the 800. Connelly finished in 1:53.45 placing fourth and Evers was fifth (1:54.48). Senior Michael Sheehan placed third in the mile run with an IC4A-qualifying time of 4:14.34.

Colgate also had a qualifier over the weekend as the individual cross country champion Chris Johnson led the Raiders at the Jay Carisella Track & Field Invitational Saturday, finishing second in the 5,000 with an ECAC-qualifying time of 14:41.49.

Holy Cross and Lafayette are slated to compete this weekend, while the rest of the League will be off until January 2012.

Patriot League Notebook

2011-12 Preseason Poll
The men's indoor track and field season came to a dramatic end at the Patriot League Championships last season and the preseason poll suggests that a similar exciting finish is on tap for the 2011-12 Patriot League season.

The Army men, who were narrowly defeated by Navy at the Patriot League Indoor Championships last season, edged out the Mids in the 2011-12 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Preseason Poll announced by the League Monday. The Navy women, who had an easier time winning the 2010-11 title, were picked to finish first in the preseason poll that is voted on by Patriot League coaches and sports information directors.

The Navy women garnered 11 first-place votes and 95 points to finish as the preseason favorites to win the 2011-12 title, which will be competed for on Feb. 17-19 at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa.

Bucknell, last season's outdoor champion, finished second in the women's poll with 88 points and five first-place votes. Army edged out Lehigh 69-68 for third, while Lafayette (39), Colgate (38) and Holy Cross (36) were separated by three points. American was eighth with 15 points.

On the men's side, Army scored 90 points with eight first-place votes to finish just ahead of Navy, which had 88 points and four first-place votes. Bucknell was third with 78 points and four first-place votes. Lehigh came in fourth (62), while American was three points ahead of Lafayette with 46. Colgate (26) was seventh and Holy Cross (15) was eighth.

The Navy women return several individual indoor champions from last season, including Track Athlete of the Meet Jess Palacio, who was a double winner on the final day of the championship, collecting titles in the mile and the 800. In all, Navy won nine events to score 157 team points to beat second-place Bucknell (117 points).

The Navy men had a tougher time winning last year, rallying in the final two relays to surpass Army for the title. The Mids trailed by 32 points with four events left, but Cody Rome won the 3,000 and Ryan Kochert won the pole vault prior to Navy's sweep of the DMR and 1,600 relay. The wins in those four events gave Navy the 171-165 win over Army, which had won two straight titles prior to last season. Army returns the indoor long jump champion in Michael Hutchins.

Navy's Rome returns for senior year
Navy senior Cody Rome won 2011 Capital One Academic All-America Second-Team honors for men's track and field/cross country, the College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA) announced June 21, 2011, after his junior season.

Rome, the 2010-11 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year in indoor track and field, helped the Navy cross country and indoor track and field teams capture Patriot League Championships this past year.

During the 2010-11 indoor track and field season, Rome set a new Patriot League Championship Meet record with a first-place time of 8:07.51 in the 3,000-meter run. Rome also broke Navy's school record in the 3,000 with a season-best time of 7:55.12. Rome also was on the distance medley relay that captured a Patriot League title, helping the Mids claim the indoor team championship.

During outdoor track and field competition, Rome placed second in the 1,500 at the Patriot League Championship and also advanced to the NCAA East Regional, where he competed in the 5,000. Also in the outdoor season, Rome posted a 5,000 time of 14:01.81, which places him third on Navy's all-time performance list in the event behind Ron Harris (`87) and Andrew Hanko (`11).

Rome helped the Navy men's cross country team capture its fourth straight Patriot League team title in the fall. Rome was a second-team All-League runner this season.

The distance standout earned a spot on the national ballot after earning All-Academic District II First Team honors earlier in June. Rome carries a 3.55 cumulative GPA in applied mathematics and has been named to the Commandant's List five times, the Superintendent's List once and the Dean's List four times.

Rome becomes the sixth member of the Navy men's track and field/cross country program to earn Academic All-America honors. His selection also marks the third straight year that the program has produced an Academic All-American, as 2010 graduate Mark Van Orden earned back-to-back accolades in 2009 and 2010.

Rome is the only Patriot League athlete to earn 2011 Academic All-American honors in men's track and field/cross country.

Colgate's DeRoo vying for No. 6
Colgate senior Elise DeRoo was selected as the Patriot League Women's Cross Country Female Scholar-Athlete for the second time in her collegiate career, giving her five Patriot League Scholar-Athlete awards. She also has won twice in indoor track and field and once in outdoor track and field.

She also was the Patriot League's Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2010-11.

The Newtown, Conn., native had a cumulative GPA of 3.97 in molecular biology after the 2011 cross country season. She recorded a 4.15 GPA last season and was one of seven student-athletes honored with a GPA higher than 4.0. DeRoo finished third at this year's Patriot League Cross Country Championships after winning two straight individual titles in 2009 and 2010.

She will have a chance to finish her career with seven Patriot League Scholar-Athlete awards and to become the League's fourth two-time Female Patriot League Scholar Athlete of the Year award-winner.

2011 NCAA Cross Country Recap
The two individual champions in the Patriot League competed at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind., at Indiana State University.

Colgate junior Chris Johnson and Navy senior Jess Palacio were competing at the NCAA Championships for the first time in their careers. Johnson finished 115th out of 252 runners in the 10K men's race with a time of 30:55.2. Palacio finished 164th out of 254 runners in the women's 6K with a time of 21:28.8.

Palacio was the second runner from Navy to represent the Patriot League at the NCAA Championships. Amy Watson was the first in 2008. Navy has had four other runners in its history compete at the NCAA Championships, but it was prior to Navy joining the Patriot League in cross country in 2003.

Palacio, a Sun Valley, Nev., native, was the first three-time First-Team All-Patriot League runner in Navy history. She won four races this season and has won a total of 11 in her career. American's Keira Carlstrom holds the League's cross country record for appearances at the NCAAs (3) and has the League's best finish on the women's side. She placed 16th in 2003.

Johnson is the fourth men's runner from Colgate to represent the Patriot League and the first since Michael Hanlon did it in 2005. Xavier de Boissezon ran at the 2003 Championships, and Ray Appenheimer was a two-time qualifier for Colgate in 1992-93, and his performance in 1993 when he placed seventh was a League-best.

Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Weekly Awards

Sr., Westborough, Mass.
Brown finished first in the 5,000-meter run at the Bison Opener, completing the race in 14:36.62, which bested an IC4A-qualifying mark.

Jr., Vienna, Va.
Byrne placed first in the 5,000-meter run at the Navy Lidlifter, finishing with an ECAC-qualifying time of 17:06.17. It was a new personal record for Byrne.

Sr., Ambler, Pa.
Barr collected a pair of IC4A-qualifying marks in the weight throw (59-6¼) and the shot put (52-5½). Barr finished first in both of the events at the Bison Opener.

Jr., West Orange, N.J.
Lemon finished first in the weight throw at the Lehigh Season Opener with an ECAC-qualifying distance of 57-7. She has won five Field Athlete of the Week awards in her career.

Fr., Newtown, Pa.
Lupica placed fifth in the 60-meter hurdles (8.38) and 23rd in the 400 (53.28) at the Bison Opener to lead the Bucknell freshmen. He also helped the 1,600 relay team place ninth (3:28.24).

Fr., Frazer, Pa.
Matsinger placed second in the triple jump at the Bison Opener with a distance of 36-7½.

Sr., Kennett Square, Pa.
Della Pelle placed first in the 3,000-meter run at the Navy Invitational with a time of 8:22.25, qualifying for the IC4A Championships. He edged out three runners from Georgetown in the unscored invitational.

CHRISTOPHER RICKS, NAVY Sr., Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Ricks collected an IC4A-qualifying distance of 58-4½ in his first-place weight throw at the Navy Invitational.

Tutunjian met an IC4A-qualifying mark with his first-place jump in the triple jump (47-9¼). He also placed first in the long jump with a distance of 22-7.