Fast Track Invitational - 2008

Fast Track Invitational
New York, NY
Friday, February 29, 2008

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Matthew Tower, Stephen Kraus, Domonick Sylve and Robert Stovall all improved on their IC4A qualifying marks and the women's 4x400-meter relay team broke the school record to lead the Army track and field teams at the NYU Fastrack Invitational on Friday night at the New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory in New York City. The meet was the final tune-up for the Black Knights before the IC4A and ECAC Championships next weekend.

The women's 4x400-meter relay team of Lesa Boyd, Carissa Hauck, Ebony Thomas and Katelin Grant placed second in the event with a new school record time of 3:49.46 seconds, breaking the previous record of 3:50.09. Their time was the fifth-best relay in Army history when taking into account both indoor and outdoor times.

Tower overcame being boxed at the start of the 800-meter run and nearly being tripped on the third lap to win the event in a time of 1:52.19, improving on his IC4A qualifying mark. Tower was third with a lap to go but kicked around two runners to get the win.

Kraus took part in one of the most dramatic events of the competition, competing in the mile. The senior trailed the entire race before kicking by the leader from Iona during the final stretch. Mohamed Khadraoui of Iona kicked back and just nipped Kraus at the line by .05 seconds in 4:11.07. Kraus' time of 4:11.12 improved on his IC4A qualifying mark and was a personal best by over two seconds for the senior.

Stovall, a junior, qualified for the IC4A meet in the 60-meter dash at last weekend's conference meet but bettered his time on Friday night with a third-place finish. His time of 6.94 seconds ties him for the sixth-best time in Army history. Teammate Alfred McDaniel is also tied for sixth in the event with a time of 6.94 seconds this season.

Sylve has improved steadily throughout the season and continued his progression on Friday night. The freshman posted a personal best and IC4A qualifying time of 8.18 seconds in the 60-meter high hurdles to finish fifth in the event. His time was the ninth-best in Army history.

Sophomore Brandon Wright moved into the Army record books on Friday with a fifth-place finish in the 500-meter dash in 1:04.84. His time qualifies him for the IC4A meet and is the 10th-best time in Army history.

Senior Brandon Lewis tied his personal best and the 10th-best long jump performance in school history with a leap of 7.17 meters (23-06.25), qualifying him for the IC4A Championships in the event. Lewis is already qualified in the heptathlon with a school record performance of 5,105 points.

The men's 4x400-meter relay team of Daniel McLeod, Christopher Michels, Brandon Wright and Larry Choate placed fourth with a time of 3:18.14 to close out the meet.

Other top-five performances for the men included sophomore Joseph Nemeth placing third in the shot put (52-00.50) and freshman Evan Nelson placing fifth in the pole vault (13-09.25).

On the women's side, sophomore Kim Mallard led the team with a second-place finish in the weight throw with a toss of 15.72 meters (51-07). Taneshina Wright placed eighth in the event with a throw of 13.60 meters (44-07.50).

Sophomore Ebony Thomas was sixth in the 200-meter dash in 25.17 seconds and junior Ellen Sutey was eighth in the high jump with a clearance of five feet, three inches. Junior Geryah White placed eighth in the shot put with a toss of 40-00.50.

The Black Knights will travel to Boston next weekend for the IC4A and ECAC Championships, hosted at Boston University and the Reggie Lewis Track and Field Center.

A live blog was kept throughout the meet on Friday night, marking the first time in Army history that a blog was done for track and field. The blog was continued from prior to the first event all the way through the completion of the meet. Click here to view the blog in its entirety.