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Women's Indoor Track and Field

Navy Women Earn Indoor Track & Field Star

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Navy women's track and field team claimed its fourth straight victory in the Army-Navy Indoor Star Meet.

The meet was part of the overall Army-Navy Star Series presented by USAA with a 111.5-69.5 victory over Army (0-1) on Saturday in West Point, N.Y.

Navy won 14 of the 17 events, earning max points in eight to surpass the 100-point mark for the first time since 2014 and end with the third highest point total in the all-time series. The Mids improve to 19-17-1 all-time in the indoor series with its largest victory over the Black Knights since 2012. The meet was highlighted by a program and meet record from Jia Anderson in the 60m hurdles, a meet record from Emily Boutin in the 3,000m and three wins by team captain Molly Mangan.
 
Along with the wins by the men's track and field, rifle and gymnastics teams, Navy went 4-0 in star competitions on Saturday to improve to 8-6 in star competitions and 12-8 against Army overall.
 
"We fell a bit behind after the first couple of events but it was a great meet from then on. Our distance and mid-distance runners were excellent and ready for the challenge today. We won every single track event besides the 4x400," said director of track and field/cross country Jamie Cook. "Jia Anderson had a tremendous performance today setting a school record at 8.49 seconds in the 60m hurdles. She's a very talented athlete and a hard worker. For Molly Mangan, to only have 30 minutes after the 400m, come back and win the 60m as well as the 200m is extremely difficult to do in that time frame and something I don't think I've seen done in a dual before. She executed perfectly today and really proud of her performance. When you win by this much on both sides in a meet that's designed to be close, it shows how everyone contributed and that's what we talk about by focusing on the team component. Overall, a lot of key performances from young athletes from both teams and great leadership. The Naval Academy should be proud of their effort today."
 
Army took control early with wins in the throw events but Navy regained ground with wins in the pole vault in all three jump events. Stephanie Jacobs won the pole vault with a height of 3.86m (12' 8"), while Charlene Morke and Alayna Schloeder both finished with the second-best height at 3.76m (12' 4") to earn the Mids max points.
 
Hannah Lowenstein claimed the high jump win with a height of 1.68m (5' 6") and Samantha Bollinger earned five points with a second-place finish in the triple jump 11.97m (39' 3.25") and third-place mark in the long jump 5.63m (18' 5.75").
 
Molly Chapman had a fantastic meet with wins in the long and triple jump along with a second-place finish in the high jump. The senior recorded the seventh-best distance in the triple jump in Navy history at 12.12m (39' 9.25"). She finished just .02m short of a Navy top-10 mark in the long jump, totaling a distance of 5.77m (18' 11.25") to claim first.
 
Ellie Abraham and Emily Boutin began the track events with a sweep in the one mile with both posting a time of 4:56.66 to earn Navy eight points.
 
Jia Anderson then set the first record of the day for Navy in the 60m hurdles. The freshman broke the Army-Navy meet and Navy program record in the event with a time of 8.49 seconds to claim first.
 
Molly Mangan followed up Anderson's performance with her first win of the meet in the 400m, posting a time of 56.17 seconds. After Kayla McGuire won the 500m with a time of 1:15.93, Mangan was right back on the track to compete in the 60m dash. Mangan crossed the finish line first with the third-best time in Navy history at 7.59 seconds.
 
Abraham won her second race of the day with a win in the 800m, recording a time of 2:12.32. Alanna Julius then broke Abraham's Gillis Field House facility record in the 1,000m with a time of 2:51.33 to win the event. Her time also ranks sixth-best in the Navy record book.
 
Mangan continued her dominant day with her third win of the meet, taking first in the 200m with a time of 24.73 seconds. Boutin broke the second meet record of the day for Navy with a time of 9:41.58 in the 3,000m to win the 13th consecutive event for Navy. Her time is also the sixth fastest in Navy history.
 
Army finally managed to end Navy's win streak by winning the 4x400m relay but the squad of Phoebe Spackman, Alex Wercinski, Emily Ettrich and Julius won the 4x800m relay with a time of 9:08.34 to cap off the historic day for Navy women's track and field.