March 29, 2015
TOWSON, Md. — The Navy women’s track and field team placed first out of 14 teams at the Towson Invitational on Sunday. Navy recorded six first-place finishes and one ECAC qualifying performance.
“We were pleased with our performances in the track events and will look to carry these strong results against Army next weekend,” Navy head coach Carla Criste said.
Navy showed depth in the distance events, placing in the top two in the 800m, 1500m, 5000m and the 3000m steeplechase. The Mids had a different runner place first in all four events.
Senior Shannon Cuthbert (Orange Park, Fla.) led Navy in the 800m run with a time of 2:17.41. In the 1500m run, Navy grabbed the top three spots with junior Meghan Harvey (Nottingham, Pa.) leading the way with a time of 4:42.60. Teammates Amanda Mulkey and Maria Arnone followed right behind, crossing the tape at 4:45.17 and 4:48.87, respectively.
Navy had its strongest group in the 3000m steeplechase, recording the top five runners in the event. Senior Christina Blair led the charge with a mark of 11:11.47. Behind Blair came sophomore Brenna McDannold (11:12.75), senior Paige Miller (11:12.85), junior Ashley Krulik (11:13.51) and freshman Allison Parks (11:13.52).
In the 5000m run, juniors Morgan O’Connor and Michelle Nelson finished 1-2 with just 1.28 seconds separating each other. O’Connor finished first with a time of 17:49.37 and Nelson crossed the tape at 17:50.65.
Senior Amanda Graham (Wakefield, R.I.) recorded Navy’s lone ECAC qualifying mark, finishing first in the pole vault with a mark of 12ft-3.5in (3.75m). Graham’s mark of 12ft-3.5in is a career best, surpassing her previous mark of 8.5 inches.
Senior Sarah Bernhardt (Conshohocken, Pa.) tallied Navy’s final first-place finish in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:03.84.
Navy will look ahead to hosting archrival Army on Saturday at Ingram Field. The women’s meet will follow the men’s meet, beginning at 3 p.m.