Jan. 13, 2016
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Patriot League indoor track and field teams returned to competition last weekend after a break for the holidays, and most of the squads will be in action again on Friday or Saturday.
Patriot League Notebook
Eight Squads in Action over the Weekend
Eight of the 10 Patriot League schools will have a team in competition over the weekend. Army West Point and Boston University are both at two-day events on Friday and Saturday, with the Black Knights at the Virginia Tech Invitational and the Terriers competing in the Harvard Multi-Team Meet. Lafayette and Loyola both compete in the Spartan Regional Preview on Friday, while Saturday’s schedule also includes the Leopards along with the Navy men at the Great Dane Classic, Colgate at the Clark Invitational, Holy Cross matching up with New Hampshire and Lehigh hosting the Angry Birds Classic. For the full upcoming schedule, go here.
Handful of Teams Come Back from Break
The first weekend after the New Year saw half of the Patriot League teams in action. The Navy men fell in a dual meet with Princeton, while the Mids’ women competed along with American at the Father Diamond Invitational. Lehigh finished fifth on both the men and women’s side at the Villanova Open, while Army West Point and Bucknell both competed in the Penn State Relays and Holy Cross sent members of its women’s team to three different events including the Rutgers Invitational, which also included Lafayette in the field.
IC4A/ECAC Top 10 Marks
The Navy men’s team has 11 student-athletes with marks in the top 10 of the IC4A list in individual events, led by Stephen Schroeder with the best time in the mile in the region. Army West Point follows with six student-athletes in the IC4A top 10 with Trevor Touchton leading the way in the 800-meter. Bucknell (4), Lehigh (2) and Boston University (2) all have multiple student-athletes in the IC4A top 10 while American and Lafayette each have one. On the women’s side, Lehigh has two student-athletes on an ECAC top 10 marks list while Army West Point, Boston University and Bucknell each have one.
Patriot League Leaders
Navy has seven men with the best time or mark in the Patriot League in individual events so far this season, with Lehigh (4), Army West Point (3), Boston University (2) and Bucknell (1) also featuring League leaders on the squad. On the women’s side, six teams have multiple student-athletes leading an event in the Patriot League as Army West Point has four event leaders, Lafayette, Lehigh and Bucknell each have three and Navy and Boston University have two apiece. Only one student-athlete leads multiple events in the Patriot League as Lafayette’s Devin Smith has the top women’s time in both the 60-meter (7.76) and 200-meter (25.16) races.
Plenty of Home Events Coming Up
Lehigh is the only team to compete at home this weekend, but plenty of League squads will have events at home throughout the season. Boston University, Bucknell and Navy each have multiple home events on the schedule along with the Mountain Hawks, while Colgate will host an invitational on Feb. 13. Army West Point also hosted the Crowell Invitational to begin the season on Dec. 5.
M-F Athletic Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Weekly Awards
M-F ATHLETIC PATRIOT LEAGUE MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
STEVE SCHROEDER, NAVY Sr., Monticello, Ill.
Schroeder won the mile against Princeton in a time of 4:05.68, setting an IC4A standard and breaking his previous top mark by 3.9 seconds. His time currently sits second nationally in the event.
M-F ATHLETIC PATRIOT LEAGUE FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
CHRISTINE BENDZINSKI, BUCKNELL So., Hebron, Conn.
Bendzinski took first place in a field of 21 runners in the 3,000-meter run at the Penn State Relays by clocking a time of 9:56.40. The mark puts her in the top 10 in school history.
M-F ATHLETIC PATRIOT LEAGUE MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
LEE BARES, ARMY WEST POINT So., Lakeville, Minn.
Bares continued his mastery of the pole vault by recording a mark of 5.15 meters to take first place in the event at the Penn State Relays. He easily topped the IC4A standard with a leap that set the meet record, broke his personal best of 5.11 meters and established the second-best mark in program history.
M-F ATHLETIC PATRIOT LEAGUE FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
SOPHIA NNADI, BUCKNELL Sr., Columbus, Ohio
Nnadi eclipsed the ECAC standard in the shot put and took sixth place at the Penn State Relays with a mark of 14.14 meters. It was a personal best for the senior and the No. 3 mark in program history.
M-F ATHLETIC PATRIOT LEAGUE MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
KORDELL WILLIAMS, NAVY Fr., Upper Marlboro, Md.
Williams takes the M-F Athletic Patriot League Male Rookie of the Week award for the second time in a row after winning the 60-meter hurdles against Princeton with a time of 8.17.
M-F ATHLETIC PATRIOT LEAGUE FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
AMANDA AGANA, NAVY Fr., Fayetteville, Ark.
Agana claimed fourth place in the 500-meter at the George Mason Invitational with a time of 1:15.87, just surpassing the ECAC standard of 1:16.04.
JARRELL BOBB, LAFAYETTE Sr., Bushkill, Pa.
Bobb set IC4A standards in both the 200-meter (22.23) and 400-meter (48.26) at the Rutgers Invitational.
TYLER DAVIS, ARMY WEST POINT So., Cleveland, Tenn.
Davis ran a time of 6.87 in the 60-meter dash at the Penn State Relays, setting an IC4A standard while recording the third-fastest mark in program history.
JOHN CAMPBELL, NAVY So., Amarillo, Texas
Campbell set IC4A marks in both the weight throw (18.50m) and shot put (16.32m) in a dual meet against Princeton.
NICHOLAS LOMBARDO, BUCKNELL So., Darien, Conn.
Lombardo tied a school record and exceeded the IC4A standard with a leap of 2.10 meters in the high jump at the Penn State Relays.
LUCAS WARNING, LEHIGH Jr., Mertztown, Pa.
Warning placed second in the shot put at the Villanova Open with an IC4A-qualifying mark of 16.85 meters.
COURTNEY AVERY, LEHIGH Jr., Wynantskill, N.Y.
Avery placed third in the high jump at the Villanova Open with an ECAC-qualifying mark of 1.70 meters.