Patriot League Track and Field Championships - 2008

Patriot League Track and Field Championships
U.S. Naval Academy - Annapolis, MD
Friday, May 2 - Saturday, May 3, 2008

Event 37  Women 5000 Meter Run
 Meet Record: * 16:34.28  2005        Keira Carlstrom, American                
                16:52.00  REG
                17:26.14  ECAC
    Name              Year School                  Finals                        Points
  1 Ziel, Erica            Navy                  17:41.27                    10  
  2 Ford, Cathleen         American              17:42.41                     8  
  3 Watson, Amy            Navy                  17:56.67                     6  
  4 Alejandro, Shannon     Lehigh                17:57.69                     4  
  5 Kennedy, Elizabeth     Colgate               17:58.27                     2  
  6 Moniz, Sarah           Bucknell              17:59.39                     1  
  7 Curran, Meghan         Army                  18:10.43                  
  8 Weiner, Alexis         Lehigh                18:30.33                  
  9 Falcaro, Nicole        Bucknell              18:31.59                  
 10 Cranmer-Hart, Erin     Bucknell              18:36.56                  
 11 Croteau, Sarah         Holy Cross            18:40.25                  
 12 Schoeneman, Stepha     Army                  18:44.18                  
 13 McClernand, Kathle     Lehigh                18:46.60                  
 14 Forcino, Rachel        American              18:48.38                  
 15 Kennedy, Rose          Lafayette             18:49.89                  
 16 Wicklund, Greta        American              18:54.35                  
 17 Clement, Courtney      Army                  19:05.44                  
 18 Tarallo, Julianne      Colgate               19:11.09                  
 19 Chodoff, Alaina        Bucknell              19:11.42                  
 20 Marvel, Kathryn        Colgate               19:23.42                  
 21 Nordquist, Gillian     Bucknell              19:34.44                  
 22 Danczyk, Anne          Army                  20:15.43     

Comments on the Meet:

The Army women's track and field team won the 2008 Patriot League Championship in thrilling fashion on Saturday at the U.S. Naval Academy. The Black Knights entered the final event of the meet with just a half of a point advantage over second-place Bucknell and three points over third-place Lafayette. The 4x400-meter relay team won the event in convincing fashion to secure Army's first women's title since 1998.

The Black Knights closed the meet with 148 points, just edging Bucknell in second at 145 points. Lafayette finished third with 137 points. The 11 point margin between first and third was the smallest margin in Patriot League history.

Head coach Jerry Quiller, coaching his final Patriot League meet before he retires this summer, was named the women's Coach of the Year.

Sophomore Ebony Thomas was unanimously named the Track Athlete of the Meet after a dominating weekend in the sprints. Thomas won the 100m and 200-meter dashes, setting Patriot League Championship records in each. She also ran the anchor leg of the championship 4x100-meter relay team and the third leg of the championship 4x400-meter relay team.

Thomas posted a time of 11.90 seconds in the 100-meter finals and a time of 24.31 seconds in the 200-meter finals. Her mark of 11.80 in the preliminary round of the 100m was a Patriot League record and the second-best in Army history while her 200m preliminary round performance of 24.15 seconds was a Patriot League and Army record.

The 4x400-meter relay team of Thomas, sophomore Lesa Boyd, freshman Carissa Hauck and senior Katelin Grant left no doubt in the final event of the meet, posting a time of 3:47.65. That time is the second-fastest in Army history.

The Black Knights also picked up the 4x100-meter relay championship. The foursome of Thomas, Boyd, freshman Hallie Huggins and senior Heather Owney posted the 10th-best time in Army history with an ECAC qualifier of 47.22 seconds.

Senior Janelle Jones had a career day in the triple jump. Jones had never leaped 12.00 meters entering competition on Saturday, but posted five jumps over the 12.00 meter mark. Her winning effort of 12.23 meters is the fourth-best in Army history. She was joined by sophomore Angela Jenkins, who placed third with a season-best of 11.87 meters, qualifying her for the ECAC Championships.

Senior Kim Maxwell had an outstanding meet, competing in the heptathlon and the high jump. She placed second in the heptathlon with a score of 4,378 points and then placed third in the high jump with a clearance of 1.60 meters.

Fellow senior Katelin Grant led two scorers in the 400-meter hurdles, placing second in a season-best time of 1:02.65. She was joined by Hauck, who placed fifth in 1:05.68.

Junior Geryah White and senior Nicole Brechue posted second and third-place finishes in the shot put. White placed second with a throw of 13.93 meters with Brechue in third at 13.04 meters.

Brechue also placed third in the discus with a throw of 41.18 meters and was joined by senior Jennifer Hanby in sixth-place with a throw of 38.81 meters.

Boyd and Owney each scored points in the sprints as well as the relays. Owney placed fifth in the 100-meter dash in 12.51 seconds and sixth in the 200-meter dash in 25.40 seconds.

Boyd was third in both the 200m (24.90) and 400-meter dash (57.23).

Senior Megan Howell rounded out the Army scorers with a fourth-place finish in the steeplechase. Her time of 11:24.72 was a personal best and ranks sixth all-time at Army.

Army will continue the post-season in two weeks when it travels to Princeton for the ECAC Championships. The NCAA Regional Championships will be held in Tallahassee, Fla during the last weekend in May.

All individual event winners from this weekend automatically qualify for the ECAC and NCAA Regional meets.