Annapolis, Md. The Men’s Track and Field team opened up their 2017-2018 season at the Navy Invitational, hosted by the US Naval Academy on Dec. 2.
Despite the Mount only taking part of their team to the men-only invitational, the team had an impressive showing. Sophomore Justin Kimble broke the school record in the 60m dash twice, placing second, with times of 6.85 (prelims) and 6.84 (finals). The previous record was 6.88, run in 2010 by Chad Brown.
Senior Brendon Chavis placed first in the weight throw with a mark of 16.86m, almost half a meter ahead of the second-place mark of 16.44m. Fellow senior, D.J. Workcuff placed second in the high jump, clearing 1.95m. Workcuff also earned the number six spot on the Mount’s all time long jump record list, jumping for 7.23m, good for third place at the meet.
First year Sean Fahey placed fifth in the triple jump with a mark of 13.27m and senior Todd Sampson placed seventh in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.60 seconds.
Associate Head Coach for Cross Country and Track and Field, Tim Nickas said, “Our young athletes today showed a desire to be good competitors. They were tough, and they were able to make positive changes.”
Head coach for Mount Track and Field/Cross Country, Jay Philips, added on to Nickas’s sentiment, “I don’t think we could have started out much better. We had PRs (personal record), multiple PRs, or near PRs in just about every event: 60m, 60mH, 200, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3k, LJ, HJ, PV, SP, WT. There was energy, we saw people in finals, there were tough performances.”
From Dec. 8-9, the heptathletes will travel to Lehigh University to compete in the Fast Times Before Finals Heptathlon. The Mount will then compete as one team on Jan. 12-13, 2018 at the Navy Winter Invitational and Heptathlon.