Army Black Knights Finish Second at UConn Spring Invite

STORRS, CT – The Army West Point women’s track and field team registered 184 points at the UConn Spring Invite on Saturday, which was good for a second-place finish. The Black Knights had six event wins and 20 top-three finishes.
UConn – 209
Army – 184
Quinnipiac– 90
Northeastern – 64
Event Winners
400m: Emma Taylor – 58.92
400m Hurdles: Hannah Blakey – 1:03.04
800m: Anna Tovkach – 2:07.80
1500m: Georgia Jones – 4:33.64
Long Jump: Bonvie Fosam – 5.8m
Triple Jump: Bonvie Fosam – 12.57m

Notable Performances
100m: Jazmine Alderman – 12.11, second place
100m: Kersten Douglas – 12.48, third place
200m: Jazmine Alderman – 25.51, second place
200m: Emma Taylor – 25.83, third place
800m: Madeline Magoto – 2:15.49, third place
1500m: Morgan Chewning-Kulick – 4:33.84, second place
1500m: Helen Shearer – 4:39.34, third place
Discus: Kayley Ragazzini – 39.08m, third place
Hammer Throw: Abigail Green – 59.19m, third place
High Jump: Isabella Palchak – 1.65m, second place
High Jump: Grace Reinhardt – 1.65m, third place
Pole Vault: Isabell Crandall – 3.2m, third place
Shot Put: Kayley Ragazzini – 13.32m, second place
4x400m Relay: 3:54.61 – second place

Coach Mike Smith’s Thoughts
“Our women were impressive across the board today. UCONN has a good program and we were challenged in almost every event. I was hoping that we would face some adversity and was happy to see how we responded. We won quite a few events and had some outstanding performances. In the field events, Abigail Green set the school record in the hammer throw for the second straight week. She didn’t seem all that happy afterwards, so I suspect she feels that there are bigger throws coming. Team captain Bonvie Fosam won both the long jump and the triple jump and set personal best marks in both events. She has always been one of our most valuable performers. She always makes the final and is very consistent on the board, but today she elevated herself to a new level. The jumps were big and the few fouls she had were close. She was locked in on every attempt. It was great to see. This was the best series of her life in Both the Long and triple.”

“On the oval, I was happy with how we raced in almost every event. It is pretty easy to get caught up in what the clock says at the end of each race but in the end winning matters more and we did a lot of that today. The 1500 women did a nice job in windy conditions. That was the first collegiate outdoor meet for all three of the plebes and they handled it well.”
“The best race of the day for us came from Anna Tovkach in the 800. During all of the covid pauses and the uncertain competitive environment her resolve to reach her potential has not wavered. Her hard work and determination were rewarded today with a school record and a mark that will be pretty high on the NCAA list. It was a well-disciplined race and she is positioned well to go faster as she gets into more competitive races in the future. We will get more of our team back this week and we will go into the Star meet with a very strong group of women.”

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