Jackson and Sejour Lead Lafayette Men to Fourth, Women Place Fifth in Patriot League Championships
May 7, 2005
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - Richard Jackson successfully defended his title in the 400m hurdles, and Jeffrey Sejour claimed the gold medal in the triple jump as the Lafayette men finished fourth in the Patriot League outdoor track and field championships, held Friday and Saturday at Fisher Field on the campus of Lafayette. The Leopard women put together a solid showing in a number of events and posted a fifth-place finish by a comfortable margin.
Army won its 14th straight men's team championship by 32 points over its brethren from the U.S. Naval Academy. Bucknell won its third consecutive women's title, to go with the 2004 outdoor and 2005 indoor crowns, with Army and Navy finishing second and third.
Jackson ran to the 400m hurdles championship in a time of 54.06 seconds, and teammate Justin Blaum came in fourth to give Lafayette 14 points in the event. Sejour secured another 10 points for the Leopards by recording a distance of 48-4 in the triple jump. The Leopard men were six points behind American, and outdistanced Lehigh by 16 points in the competition.
Thomas Blenk and Daniel Sheehan both advanced to the finals of the 110m hurdles, with Blenk improving his position and moving up to second in the event with a time of 15.01 on Saturday. James Strada was seeded second going into the 100m dash final, and held onto that spot with a time of 11.05 seconds.
Tyler Jones earned points in all three events that he competed in over the weekend, completing the feat with a third-place finish in the shot put with a toss of 53-1 ¾. He was second in the discus and fourth in the hammer on Friday. Michael DeGregorio was just out of the running in the shot and finished seventh behind three throwers from Army and two from Navy. Adam Callaghan reached a height of 6-4 ¾ for sixth in the high jump.
On the women's side, a trio of Leopards placed third in their events. Deborah Fink ran a time of 1:03.23 in the 400m hurdles, Frances Morro completed the steeplechase in 11:33.88 with Lindsay Bryant coming in sixth, and Larissa Bellamy threw the shot put 42-1 ¼. Pamela Glennon was fourth at 40-0, and Andrea Cerbie tied for sixth to give Lafayette 10 ½ points and three of the top seven in the event.
Meghan Baker earned fourth in the 800m run in a time of 2:13.39. At the 400m distance, Kathleen Evangelista, Meredith Cohen, Lauren Phelps and Elizabeth Rybas all crossed the finish line within .24 of a second of each other. Evangelista gathered sixth place.
In the heptathlon, Kristen Kalinowski completed the seven events with a score of 4051, which was good for fourth. Monika Sajduk was seventh for the Leopards. Other competitors placing one spot out of point-gathering position were Bellamy in the hammer and Lori Cooper in the javelin.
Vanessa Youngs advanced to the finals in the 100m dash and finished eighth. Youngs was the seventh runner across the line in Friday's 200m preliminaries.
Lafayette's women had a solid showing in the relay events, capturing third in the 4x400m, fourth in the 4x100m and sixth at the 4x800m distance. The men were fourth in the 4x800m and fifth in the 4x100m and 4x400m races.
Miler Sean Duffy of American, who set the meet record in his event, and sprinter Daniel Braud of Army, who won double gold in the 200m and 400m, both received Male Track Athlete of the Meet. There was a tie in the voting on the Field Athlete side as well, between decathlon and high jump winner Vaclav Malec of Lehigh and javelin record setter Kyle Obrock from Navy.
Army's Jerry Quiller and Adrian Perkins won Male Coach and Rookie of the Meet, respectively.
Tineisha Davis of Navy broke her own championship record in the 400m run and anchored the Mids' 4x400m relay win to take home Female Track Athlete of the Meet honors. The women's shot put and discus were both won by Marjorie Grap from Bucknell, who also placed second in the hammer for Female Field Athlete of the Meet accolades.
Head coach Kevin Donner and freshman Beverly Rogers were recipients of the Female Coach and Rookie of the Meet.
Lafayette will send participants to the IC4A and ECAC Championships in Princeton, N.J. on May 14-15, and Tyler Jones has already qualified for the NCAA East Regional Championships in the discus, which will be held the following weekend in New York.
Women's Team Scores
1. Bucknell - 209.5
2. Army - 154
3. Navy - 136.5
4. Lehigh - 78
5. Lafayette - 54.5
6. Colgate - 24
7. American - 16
8. Holy Cross - 9.5
Men's Team Scores
1. Army - 226
2. Navy - 194
3. American - 74
4. Lafayette - 68
5. Lehigh - 52
6. Bucknell - 38
7. Colgate - 23
8. Holy Cross - 7