Jan. 17, 2015
ANNAPOLIS, Md. –Navy men’s track and field junior sprinter Jordan Sartor-Francis (Jonesboro, Ga.) recorded three of the team’s 15 total IC4A-qualifying performances on Saturday against Copping State and Delaware State at the Wesley A. Brown Field House. As a team, Navy totaled five IC4A marks in the field and 10 on the track while grabbing 10 first-place finishes, respectively.
“We went into this week to see if we could continue to improve on our depth and getting everyone ready for the next couple weeks,” Navy head coach Stephen Cooksey said. “We had a very hard week’s work of practice and let them know that they may not feel their best but to go out and compete and I think that was exactly what they did today.”
Sartor-Francis led all Navy track athletes with three IC4A marks, two in the 60m dash (preliminaries and finals) and one in the 200m dash. The junior sprinter had his best mark in the 60m dash in the preliminaries round with a time of 6.93, while finishing with a time of 6.95 in the finals. Sartor-Francis finished first in both races.
Sartor-Francis then finished first in the 200m dash with a time of 21.66 (IC4A) and teammate Devin Enslen (Fr., Alamogordo, N.M.) placed second with a mark of 21.82 (IC4A). Junior Austin Batiste (Long Beach, Calif.) grabbed first place in the 400m dash with a time of 48.28 (IC4A).
In the distance races, senior Shane O’Donnell (Norfolk, Va.) and junior Kai Hinton (Sacramento, Calif.) finished one-two in the 1000m run with IC4A-qualifying times of 2:27.53 and 2:28.08, respectively. Senior Brian De La Mora (Davis, Calif.) placed first in the mile with a mark of 4:23.80 (IC4A). Navy cross country teammates Zach Hebda (Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Lucas Stalnaker (So., Tega Cay, S.C.) finished one-two in the 3000m run with times of 8:22.82 (IC4A) and 8:24.48 (IC4A), respectively.
In the field events, senior Tom Buffone (Freehold, N.J.) tallied two IC4A-qualifying performances for the third-straight meet, one in the weight throw and one in the shot put. Buffone grabbed first place in the shot put with a mark of 53ft-2.25in (16.21m) and teammate Tom Swanson (Grand Island, Neb.) placed second with a throw of 51ft-7.75in (15.74m). Freshman John Campbell (Amarillo, Texas) earned a first-place finish in the weight throw with an IC4A-qualifying mark of 59ft-8.50in (18.20m), while Buffone recorded his second IC4A-qualifying throw with a second-place mark of 58ft-4.75in (17.80m).
Junior Jiles Maness (Winston Salem, N.C.) placed first in the pole vault with an IC4A-qualifying performance of 15ft-9in (4.80m).
Navy will continue the indoor track and field season next Saturday at the University of Rhode Island Invitational in Kingston, R.I.