Dec. 11, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Patriot League indoor track and field season got underway over the weekend, with a handful of standout performances to open the 2013-14 campaign.
A number of student-athletes set ECAC or IC4A qualifying standards, but two were particularly impressive. Boston University sophomore Christy Wood ran the 200-meter dash in 24.45 seconds at the BU Season Opener, while Lehigh junior Adeolu Adesida set a school record with a high jump of 2.18 meters at the school's Fast Times Before Finals meet.
Both student-athletes won Patriot League weekly awards on Monday along with Bucknell's Christian Lupica, Lehigh's Brooke Astor and Army's Jose Santana and Cori Lemere.
Patriot League Track and Field Weekly Awards
M-F ATHLETIC MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
CHRISTIAN LUPICA, BUCKNELL Jr., Newtown, Pa.
Lupica had an outstanding start to his 2013-14 season by setting a pair of school records and easily hitting an IC4A qualifying mark at the home Bison Opener. He finished in second place in the 60-meter hurdles with a school-record time of 8.03, easily eclipsing the IC4A standard of 8.25. Lupica also set a school record while winning the 300-meter dash in a time of 34.62. Lupica claims the third Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Track Athlete of the Week honor of his career.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
M-F ATHLETIC MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK ADEOLU ADESIDA, LEHIGH Jr., Princeton, N.J.
CHRISTY WOOD, BOSTON UNIVERSITY So., Lake Oswego, Ore.
Wood easily ran past the ECAC qualifying mark in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.45 at the BU Season Opener. She finished second in the race and bested the qualifying standard of 25.04 by nearly 0.6 seconds. The time of 24.45 stands eighth in the nation in the 200m. Wood was also part of a second place 4 X 400m relay team. She wins her first Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Track Athlete of the Week award.
Adesida shattered the IC4A qualifying standard and set a school record with a high jump of 2.18 meters at Lehigh's Fast Times Before Finals. The mark set a standard for the Rauch Fieldhouse while easily topping the qualifying mark of 2.04 meters. It bested the previous top mark of 2.14 meters for Adesida, who also set the Patriot League Championship meet record with a leap of 2.12 meters last season. Adesida receives his first Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Field Athlete of the Week award.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
BROOKE ASTOR, LEHIGH Sr., Milltown, N.J.
Astor has won the pentathlon at the Patriot League Championship in each of her first three seasons, but was never better than she was this weekend by putting up a personal best score of 3,578 to win at Lehigh's Fast Times Before Finals. It easily topped the ECAC standard of 3,450 while marking a personal best and facility record at Rauch Fieldhouse. Astor won three of the five events, setting an ECAC qualifying mark with a time of 8.80 in the 60-meter hurdles and also recording a personal record in the shot put (10.66) and tying a personal best in the long jump (5.46m). She wins the Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Field Athlete of the Week honor for the first time.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
JOSE SANTANA, ARMY Fr., Orlando, Fla.
Santana opened his collegiate career in fine fashion by winning both the 60-meter and 200-meter dash at Army's Crowell Open, and putting up IC4A qualifying times in both races. He ran a 6.87 in the 60m to top the IC4A standard of 6.89, and put up a time of 22.14 in the 200m to eclipse the IC4A mark of 22.24. He recorded the second-fastest 60m time in West Point history, and the fastest in the Patriot League since 2012. Santana wins his first Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Rookie of the Week award.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
CORI LEMERE, ARMY Fr., Sacramento, Calif.
Lemere had a pair of solid second-place finishes in her first collegiate meet. She ran the 60-meter dash in a time of 7.96 and had a long jump of 5.44 meters to place as the runner-up in each event at the Crowell Open. Lemere wins her first Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Rookie of the Week honor.
JORDAN SARTOR-FRANCIS, NAVY So., Jonesboro, Ga.
Sartor-Francis put up a pair of IC4A qualifying marks while winning races at the Navy Invitational, finishing first in the 60-meter dash in 6.89 and in the 200-meter dash in 21.72.
ZACK DUNCAVAGE, NAVY Sr., League City, Texas
Duncavage had a pair of IC4A qualifying marks at the Navy Invitational, winning the shot put with a distance of 16 meters and taking first place in the weight throw at 18.66 meters.
MALACHI BOSTIC-WATTLEY, BUCKNELL Fr., Bethesda, Md.
Bostic-Wattley set an IC4A qualifying mark in the 200-meter dash (22.59) while winning the semifinal of the 60-meter dash in 7.12 at the Bison Opener.
Patriot League Notebook
Defending Champions Start Strong
There are a host of returning individual champions from last year's Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships, and some got off to a good start over the weekend. Adesida set the high jump meet record at 2.12 meters as last year's championship, and opened his season with a school-record 2.18 on Saturday. Lehigh's Brooke Astor scored a personal-best score of 3,578 in the pentathlon, the highest-ever mark for a senior who is the three-time defending Patriot League champion in the event. The Navy men also had defending League champions impress, as Austin Batiste (400-meter) and Zack Duncavage (weight throw) won events at the Navy Invitational that they also captured at the Patriot League Championships.
Welcome to the Field
Boston University and Loyola University Maryland are both in their first season in the Patriot League, and thus are new to the track and field scene. The Terriers field squads on both the men and women's side, while the Greyhounds add a 10th member to the women's track and field competition.
Off for a While
Nine of the 10 Patriot League teams are now off from competition until after the New Year. The only exception is Holy Cross, which takes part in the Jay Carisella Invitational in Boston on Saturday.
Navy Men, Bucknell Women Picked First in Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Preseason Polls
The defending Patriot League indoor track and field champions each earned the top spot in the sport's preseason polls announced on Thursday. The Navy men captured 14 first-place votes and 126 points to come in ahead of Bucknell (109) and Boston University (102), which grabbed the remaining four first-place votes. The rest of the men's poll included Army (91), Lehigh (71), American (54), Lafayette (49), Colgate (25) and Holy Cross (21). The margin was similar on the women's side, with Bucknell also taking home 14 first-place votes with 155 points. Navy followed with 144 points and five first-place votes while Boston University had 130 points and the remaining first-place vote. The rest of the poll order featured Lehigh (116), Army (95), Holy Cross (79), Lafayette (63), Loyola Maryland (46), Colgate (42) and American (30). The 2014 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships will be hosted by Bucknell University at Gerhard Fieldhouse in Lewisburg, Pa. from Feb. 21-23.