Navy's Veronica Ffrench
Dec. 11, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The second weekend of the indoor track and field season was all about the women as four female student-athletes posted ECAC-qualifying marks.
Three of those came from Navy, as Annie-Norah Beveridge ran the 5,000-meter run in a time of 17:05.73 while Veronica Ffrench and Kristin Smith both cleared 1.70 meters in the high jump. Lafayette's Elise Buffinton had an ECAC-qualifying mark of 3.60 meters in the pole vault.
Beveridge and Ffrench were named the M-F Athletic Female Track Athlete and Field Athlete of the Week recipients, respectively. They were joined by a pair of sophomores claiming the top honors on the men's side as underclassmen dominated the weekly awards.
Patriot League Track and Field Weekly Awards
M-F ATHLETIC MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
TREVOR DUTTON, HOLY CROSS So., Burlington, Mass.
Dutton placed second in the 500-meter dash at the Harvard Open with a time of 1:06.19, within a second of the IC4A standard. He was the top finisher for Holy Cross in his first-ever 500m race in competition. Dutton is Holy Cross' first M-F Athletic Male Track Athlete of the Week since the 2008-09 season.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
ANNIE-NORAH BEVERIDGE, NAVY So., Ann Arbor, Mich.
Beveridge easily eclipsed the ECAC standard as she won the 5,000-meter run at the Navy Invitational on Thursday with a time of 17:05.73. She won the race by 55 seconds and fell well under the ECAC mark of 17:33.64. It was a personal record time and fell just three seconds shy of the facility record.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
DEREK GAUL, LEHIGH So., Spencer, N.Y.
Gaul recorded a mark of 6.99 meters in the long jump at the Fast Times Before Finals event at Lehigh on Friday. It was just shy of the IC4A standard of 7.02 meters and earned him a second-place finish.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
VERONICA FFRENCH, NAVY Jr., Milton, Fla.
Ffrench earned an ECAC-qualifying mark while winning the high jump at the Navy Invitational on Thursday with a 1.70-meter jump. She also recorded top-10 finishes in the 60-meter dash (sixth) and 4 X 400-meter relay (eighth).
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
JARREL BOBB, LAFAYETTE Fr., Bushkill, Pa.
Bobb finished in fourth place in both the long jump and triple jump at the Lehigh Fast Times Before Finals Meet on Friday. His mark of 6.9 meters in the long jump was the 10th-best in school history and just short of the IC4A standard, while he hit a mark of 13.88 meters in the triple jump.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
DEVIN SMITH, LAFAYETTE Fr., Andover, N.J.
Smith placed third in the 200-meter dash at the Lehigh Fast Times Before Finals event on Friday, running the race in a time of 26.22 for the ninth-fastest mark in school history.
ELISE BUFFINTON, LAFAYETTE Jr., Lewisburg, Pa.
Buffinton had an ECAC-qualifying jump of 3.60 meters and finished in second place in the pole vault at the Princeton New Year's Invitational on Sunday.
STEPHANIE OKPOEBO, HOLY CROSS Jr., Chelmsford, Mass.
Okpoebo set a pair of school records at the Harvard Open, finishing second with a time of 7.17 in the 55-meter dash and placing third in the 300-meter dash with a time of 40.52.
DANIELLE ALBERGO, LEHIGH Jr., Simsbury, Conn.
Albergo took first place in the 400-meter dash at Lehigh's Fast Times Before Finals with a time of 58.55.
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 Nov. 30. 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.
Making the Leap
Three Patriot Leaguers narrowly hit ECAC-qualifying marks in field events over the weekend. Navy's Veronica Ffrench and Kristin Smith just topped the mark of 1.70 meters in the high jump while Lafayette's Elise Buffinton cleared 3.60 meters in the pole vault.
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; John Dugan, Bucknell
4 X 400m relay: Navy
200m dash: Stephanie Okpoebo, Holy Cross
5,000m run: Annie-Norah Beveridge, Navy
Mile: Hana Casalnova, Bucknell
High Jump: Veronica Ffrench, Navy; Kristin Smith, Navy
Pole Vault: Elise Buffinton, Lafayette
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.
With the exception of Holy Cross competing in the Boston University Mini-Meet, Patriot League schools will now be out of action until the New Year.
For the full indoor track and field schedule, go here