PRINCETON, N.J. – Battling through tough weather conditions, the Army West Point track and field team had an impressive showing at the second day of the ECAC/IC4A Championships on Sunday.
Sophomore Kedrin Jefferson fought through the wind and rain to take home the 200 meter dash. Junior Calli McMullen placed second in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.94.
Head Coach Mike Smith said, “We brought a skeleton crew to this meet because of final exams. The ones we took did a nice job of competing and performed well in less than ideal circumstances. The weather today was about as bad as you could expect and we got what we could from it.
“Kedrin and Calli were the obvious highlights for us. The marks were not what they wanted, but there was really no way they could have run very fast in the conditions out there. So they made the best of it.
“Yesterday was a complete weather opposite and we had some career performances on the track as a result. Ben Petrella did a nice job in winning the 10000. He wanted to compete so the focus for him was on trying to win the race. He did that and I was impressed with how he competed. He has been steady all year and last night was no different.
“The other outstanding performances came in the men’s 800. Ben Boswell and Jackson Sullivan ran very competitive races and those times are both lifetime bests. We will find out Wednesday if they ran fast enough to advance to the NCAA regional meet. It will be close.
“We now have a few days to finish exams and then find out our post-season fate. With where our people are on the descending order list, I am certain we will qualify the largest number of individuals in the history of the program to Jacksonville. We qualified 11 a few years ago and we could get somewhere between 14-16 into the meet this year.”
Men’s 200m Dash: Kedrin Jefferson – 21.53
Men’s 10000m Run – Ben Petrella – 30:06.41
Women’s 100m Dash: Calli McMullen – 11.94, Second