Navy's Zack Duncavage
Dec. 5, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Just one weekend into the season, a number of Patriot League individuals have already posted ECAC/IC4A qualifying marks for the 2012-13 indoor track and field season.
Navy had multiple qualifying marks on the men's side, with Chris Galvin finishing the 5,000 meters in a time of 14:30.90, Zack Duncavage recording a a weight throw of 18.61 meters and both Jaie Maness (4.95 meters) and Mark Vetere (4.80) recording IC4A qualifying marks in the pole vault. The Mids also qualified in the 4 X 400 meter relay at the Navy Invitational. Bucknell also had a pair of qualifying marks, with Christian Lupica running the 60 meter hurdles in a time of 8.05 and Leonard Joseph recording a mark of 18.81 meters in the weight throw at the Bison Opener.
On the women's side, ECAC qualifying marks were established by Lehigh's E'Lana Lemon, with a mark of 17.17 meters in the weight throw, and Holy Cross' Stephanie Okpoebo, who ran a time of 25.02 in the 200 meter dash while narrowly missing out on a qualifying time and finishing first in the 60 meter dash at the Jay Carisella Invitational.
Five of the six student-athletes with qualifying times were honored with Patriot League weekly awards on Monday.
Patriot League Track and Field Weekly Awards
M-F ATHLETIC MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
CHRISTIAN LUPICA, BUCKNELL So., Newtown, Pa.
Lupica placed third in the 60-meter hurdles with an IC4A-qualifying and school-record time of 8.05 and won the 300-meter dash with a time of 35.19 on Saturday at the Bison Opener. A three-time M-F Athletic Male Rookie of the Week last season, Lupica wins his first Athlete of the Week award.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
STEPHANIE OKPOEBO, HOLY CROSS Jr., Chelmsford, Mass.
Okpoebo won the 60-meter dash at the Jay Carisella Invitational on Saturday with a time of 7.74, and placed third in the 200-meter dash in 25.02. The latter mark was an ECAC-qualifying time, while the former just missed the ECAC standard by .06. Okpoebo claims her first M-F Athletic Female Athlete of the Week award.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
LEONARD JOSEPH, BUCKNELL Sr., Whitesboro, N.Y.
Joseph shattered the IC4A-qualifying standard and recorded his sixth weight throw win since 2011-12 with a mark of 18.81 meters (61-8 ½) on Saturday at the Bison Opener. He wins his fifth career M-F Athletic Male Field Athlete of the Week honor.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
E'LANA LEMON, LEHIGH Sr., West Orange, N.J.
Lemon dominated the weight throw at the Lehigh Season Opener on Friday with a mark of 17.17 meters that easily topped the ECAC-qualifying standard and was 3.17 meters ahead of the rest of the field. She wins the M-F Athletic Female Field Athlete of the Week award for the ninth time in her career after claiming the honor four times in each of the past two seasons.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
JAIE MANESS, NAVY Fr., Winston-Salem, N.C.
Maness opened his collegiate career in impressive fashion by winning the pole vault with an IC4A- qualifying height of 4.95 meters (16-2 ¾) on Saturday at the Navy Invitational. It was nearly six inches higher than the winning pole vault at last year's Patriot League championships.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
OONA WOOD, HOLY CROSS Fr., Williamstown, Mass.
Wood placed second in the 500-meter dash at the Jay Carisella Invitational on Saturday with a time of 1:16.86, coming within a second of hitting the ECAC-qualifying standard.
ZACK DUNCAVAGE, NAVY Jr., League City, Texas
Duncavage finished second in the weight throw at the Navy Invitational with an IC4A-qualifying mark of 18.61 meters (61-0 ¾), the top toss for a Navy thrower since 2008-09.
CHRISTOPHER GALVIN, NAVY Sr., Austin, Texas
Galvin placed third in the 5,000-meter run at the Navy Invitational with an IC4A-qualifying time and personal record of 14:30.90.
MARTIN OTIENO, LEHIGH Jr., East Orange, N.J.
Otieno just missed IC4A-qualifying marks at the Lehigh Season Opener on Friday as he finished first in the 60-meter run with a time of 6.99 and second in the 200-meter dash in a time of 22.61.
HANA CASALNOVA, BUCKNELL Jr., Grove City, Pa.
Casalnova finished first in the mile at the Bison Opener on Saturday, narrowly missing an ECAC standard with her time of 5:01.57.
Patriot League Notebook
Navy, Bucknell top preseason polls
Navy and Bucknell have battled for supremacy in Patriot League track and field in recent seasons, and coaches and sports information directors expect it to be no different in 2013 by placing the squads at the top of both the men and women's indoor preseason polls on Friday. The teams shared top honors in the men's preseason poll, each garnering 92 points and eight first-place votes to tie for first place. Army (74), Lehigh (62), Lafayette (50), Colgate (33), American (30) and Holy Cross (15) completed the men's rankings. Navy took first place on the women's side, pulling in 95 points and 11 first-place votes to finish ahead of the Bison with 89 points and five first-place votes. Lehigh (71), Army (58), Holy Cross (51), Colgate (38), Lafayette (32) and American (14) filled out the preseason rankings. The men and women's preseason polls were voted on by the Patriot League Indoor Track and Field head coaches and sports information directors, who were not permitted to vote for their own teams.
Navy's Whitcombe Named Rhodes Scholar
Navy women's track and field senior hurdler Katie Whitcombe is one of two students at the Naval Academy to be named a Rhodes Scholar for 2013. Whitcombe is a Chinese major and plans to earn a Master of Philosophy in modern Chinese studies at Oxford. She plans to use the degree to develop better policy on counter-terrorism in Southeast Asia and find correlations between terrorism and organized crime like human trafficking. Whitcombe hopes to serve as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps after graduation from the Naval Academy. At the Naval Academy, she is a member of the varsity track and field team and competes in the hurdles and sprints. Her top 60m hurdle time is 11.15 and her top 400m hurdle time is 1:08.15.
Pulling their Weight
Three Patriot Leaguers posted qualifying marks in the weight throw on the opening weekend. Bucknell's Leonard Joseph (18.81 meters) and Navy's Zack Duncavage (18.61) blew past the standard of 16.90 on the men's side, while Lehigh's E'Lana Lemon (17.17) easily eclipsed the standard of 16.00 on the women's side.
The following student-athletes have posted qualifying marks for the ECAC (women) and IC4A (men) championships on March 2-3 in Boston, Mass.
Weight Throw: Leonard Joseph, Bucknell; Zack Duncavage, Navy
Pole Vault Jaie Maness, Navy; Mark Vetere, Navy
60m hurdles: Christian Lupica, Bucknell
5,000m: Christopher Galvin, Navy
4 X 400m relay: Navy
200m dash: Stephanie Okpoebo, Holy Cross
Weight Throw: E'Lana Lemon, Lehigh
Lehigh, Navy and Bucknell all started the 2012-13 season at home, and each school will compete at its own track numerous times throughout the year. Army will begin its season at home on Jan. 4, and will host events that include the Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships from Feb. 15-17. This weekend, Lehigh is back home while the Navy women open the season Thursday at the Navy Lid-Lifter along with American. Holy Cross is also in action while Lafayette opens its season at the Princeton Invitational.
For the full indoor track and field schedule, go here