Clayton Thompson and Molly Mangan once again led the way as the Navy track and field programs swept the IC4A Championships for the first time in program history this weekend in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Thompson was chosen as Co-Performer of the Meet after winning the 110- and 400-meter hurdles. The senior from Corpus Christi, Texas, posted the second-best time in Navy history (13.8 seconds) in the 110 then clocked the fifth-fastest time in the 400 (51.64 seconds).
Eric Hughey (400-meter dash, 46.99 seconds), Baynes Autrey (decathlon, 6,833 points) and Jack Haller (pole vault, 16-feet, 8-inches) were the other individual winners for the Navy men’s team, which amassed 191 points to take first out of 32 teams.
Navy was also victorious in the 3,200-meter relay en route to capturing its third straight IC4A championship on the men’s side. The Midshipmen now have a total of seven titles at the meet.
Mangan established a school record by winning the 200-meter dash in 23.91 seconds to lead the Navy women’s team, which totaled 123 ½ points. Mangan also placed second in the 400-meter dash with the second-best time (54.39) in program history.
Senior captain Sam Orie also set a school record over the weekend with a winning hammer throw of 199 feet as Navy easily out-paced archrival Army, runner-up with 88 points. The Midshipmen had not claimed the team title at this meet since 1989 when it was crowned as Division II ECAC champs.
Navy notched 56 All-East performances — 31 individuals and three relays on the men’s side and 25 individuals and three relays on the women’s side. Jamie Cook, director of Navy track and field, noted the historical significance of the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America championships, which predate the NCAA championships.
The Eastern College Athletic Conference now manages the IC4A championships.
Cook was pleased the Midshipmen increased their number of entries into the NCAA East Preliminary meet, being held May 27-29 on the University of North Florida campus in Jacksonville. Cook also highlighted the fact Navy men’s and women’s track and field went undefeated during the spring season.
“When you get used to competing every day in practice, you are ready for when they keep score. We have gotten people to buy into our culture,” he said. “It has been extremely difficult with everything involving COVID, but we are getting it done. We had a lot of people compete this weekend and a lot of people did well. It showed as we were able to come away with a pair of wins.”
Ian Bartlett, Alex Rizzo, Sean Casey and Ashwin Briggs made up the 3,200-meter relay team that won with a time of 7:30.33 — 10th best in program history.
Navy men got second-place individual performances from Briggs (1,500 run), Sethan Hollier (200 dash), Brahmir Vick (110 hurdles), Walker Rudisaile (pole vault) and Casey Tow (decathlon).
On the women’s side, Katie Halbert was runner-up in the heptathlon with 4,861 points — third-highest total in Navy history. The Midshipmen also had a pair of second-place relay teams.
Mangan was joined by Ann Jackson, Alexa Arthun and Sabrina Sutter in running the 400-meter relay in 46.43 seconds — seventh-best time in school history. Maddie Warrender Bronte Bacchetta, Anna Kovacs and Eva Knowles posted the program’s eight-best time (9:03:02) in the 3,200-meter relay.
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“The women’s team has evolved so much in the last couple of years and came out this weekend and posted a win in a big championship meet,” Cook said.