Track and Field 4x100m Relay Teams Break School Records
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Navy men's and women's track and field teams concluded its week-long spring break trip with a record-setting performance at the Ross and Sharon Irwin Meet in San Diego, Calif. hosted by Point Loma Nazarene University. The Mids' 4x100-meter relay teams for both the men's and women's squads broke the school records in the event.
On the women's side, the 4x100m relay team of Amanda Henson (West Barnstable, Mass.), Chelsey Edwards (Schertz, Texas), Regine Tugade (Dededo, Guam), and Amanda Agana (Fayetteville, Ark.) posted a collective time of 46.63 to win the event and break the Navy school record of 47.06, which was set back in 2012. The men's relay team of Aaron Watson (Union City, Mich.), Devin Enslen (Alamogordo, N.M.), Evan Lexo (Groton, Mass.), and Demetrius Lanier (Palm Coast, Fla.) broke their own record of 40.52 with a new Navy-best time of 40.46.
"I saw a lot of continuity within the group and everyone working with a purpose this week," Navy Director of Track and Field Jamie Cook said following the meet. "The team just got better throughout the week. When you have good weather to train, things get a little easier. It was a good week.
"The men's and women's 4x100m teams both set school records, which was huge to set those records in the second meet of the year. There were a lot of good performances all the way across - too many to mention. There were improvements all across the board. The team is excited to get back to Annapolis and train with the momentum that we have built with the 10 days in California."
In addition to the relay teams setting school records, the Midshipmen finished the meet with 28 top 2 finishes combined.
In the running events, Tugade claimed first place in the 100m dash with a time of 12.06, while Enslen won the men's 100m with a time of 10.59. Lanier claimed second place in the 200m dash with a time of 21.44. In the women's 400m dash, Brittany Burg (Gasport, N.Y.) and Edwards finished 1-2 with times of 55.97 and 57.03, respectively, while on the men's side plebe Eric Hughey (Lee's Summit, Mo.) was the top finisher with a second-place time of 48.43. Agana was first in the women's 800m with a time of 2:14.84 and Justin Hyytinen (Farmington, Minn.) clocked a time of 1:53.34 in the men's 800m to finish in second. Claire Ostrowski (Virginia Beach Va.) was second in the 5,000m run with a time of 17:36.99.
Kordell Williams (Upper Marlboro, Md.) notched a second-place finish in the 110m hurdles with a team-best time of 14.49. The pole vault saw Stefano Pineda () take home second-place honors with a jump of 4.85m (15-11.00).
In the jumps, Cedric Williams (Powder Springs, Ga.) won the long and triple jump events. He posted a distance of 6.89m (22-07.25) in the long jump, while registering a jump of 14.85m (48-08.75) in the triple jump. Evelyn Berecz (Downington, Pa.) recorded a jump of 11.83m (38-09.75) in the triple jump, which was the 10th best in Navy history. In the high jump, Julia Speranzo (Springfield, Va.) posted a height of 1.65m (5-05.00) to take silver.
Navy posted 11 top 2 finishes in the throws on the day. Sean Brennan (Westfield, N.J.) was first in both the discus (51.54m / 169-01) and the hammer (52.62m / 172-08), whereas plebe Sam Orie (Greensburg, Pa.) won the women's hammer throw (46.21m / 151-07), while taking second in the shot put (13.09m / 42-11.50). John Barber (Sugar Land, Texas) finished second in both the shot put (15.85m / 52-00.00) and the discus (48.79m / 160-01). Jahna Alleyne (York, Pa.) and Sarah Morris (Mobile, Ala.) won the women's discus (42.76m / 140-03) and javelin (39.96m / 131-01), respectively, and Izzy Marini (Elkgrove, Calif.) was second in the hammer (45.96m / 150-09). Skyler Mason (Oakdale, Pa.) and Ian Myers (Beaverton, Ore.) finished 1-2 in the javelin with throws of 63.77m (209-03) and 55.99m (183-08).
Navy returns to action next weekend as the Midshipmen travel to Williamsburg, Va. for the annual William and Mary Invitational. The meet officially begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 24.