Three Black Knights Win Weekly League Awards
The Patriot League announced Tuesday that three members of the Army West Point track and field team have received weekly awards after the team's performance at the Princeton Larry Ellis Invitational this weekend. From the men's team, plebe Justin Young was named Patriot League Male Track Athlete of the Week. The Wylie, Texas, native set personal and league bests in his two individual races, posting a 14.04 in the 110 meter hurdles and a 51.71 in the 400 meter hurdles. Young has been no stranger to league weekly awards in his rookie campaign, as he has won four Patriot League Rookie of the Week awards in addition to his two Patriot League Male Track Athlete of the Week honors.
"Justin is positioning himself for a great championship season," head coach Mike Smith said. "He is putting together strong performances and has shown a level of consistency that will serve him well in the coming weeks. He hasn't mastered either the 110 HH or 400H races yet, so I expect that his times will continue to improve." Plebe Jamir Gibson also received recognition from the league, winning Patriot League Male Rookie of the Week. The Zion, Ill., native broke the Army West Point discus record with his 58.64 meter throw on Saturday. The mark is the best in the Patriot League this season and ranks fifth in the East Region and 14th in all of the NCAA. Gibson joins teammates Michael Renard and Geoff Kirk in breaking Academy throwing records in 2019. Read more.