Cadet Activities Update
(Updated May 6, 2014, 8:40AM)
Triathlon: Class of 2016 Cadets Connor Wernecke and Catherine Sedy and Class of 2017 Cadets Kevin Miles and KeriAnn Murphy traveled May 2 to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands to compete in the 26th annual Ironman 70.3 St. Croix Triathlon.
Affectionately known as the “Beauty and the Beast,” Ironman St. Croix boasts one of the largest fields of professional athletes and one of the most challenging half-ironman distance races in the world. The race is one of the few 70.3 events worldwide with qualification spots to the full Ironman World Championships in Kona Hawaii.
Wernecke and Miles took first and second place in the men’s 18-24 division and first and second in the military men’s division.
Sedy took first in the military women’s division and second in the women’s 18-24 division.
Wernecke also earned a qualification spot to the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Mont-Treblant Canada and the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. Connor is the third cadet ever to earn a spot to Kona and will be the first cadet to do both World Championships in the fall.
Orienteering: The West Point Orienteering team traveled to Elkton, Maryland, April 26-27and competed in the U.S. Intercollegiate Championships. The event featured a team relay on Saturday and a classic course on Sunday, and the West Point team finished in first place for the 12th consecutive time at the intercollegiate level.
Class of 2014 Cadet Zach Schroeder completed his collegiate orienteering career at the 7.3 kilometer course recording a finish that was six minutes faster than any other competitor. Eight cadets were selected to participate in the World University Orienteering Championships in the Czech Republic this August.
Cycling: The West Point Cycling team participated in its last race of the road season April 26-27 at the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference championship in Providence, Rhode Island.
The disciplines were Team Time Trial (TTT), Road Race (RR) and Criterium (Crit). In Women’s D, Class of 2016 Cadet Jinny Yan placed first in the RR. Class of 2017 Cadet Lisa DeLacey placed fourth in the RR and seventh in the Crit. Class of 2016 Cadet Alejandra Solares placed sixth in both the RR and the Crit. In Women’s A, Class of 2014 Cadet Gabby Allong, team captain, placed fourth in the Crit. In Men’s D, Class of 2016 Cadet Thomas Huxtable placed 10th in the Crit. Class of 2017 Cadet Thomas Hendrickson placed 10th in the RR. The team placed second in the TTT with Huxtable, Hendrickson, Class of 2016 Cadet Chad Wisnowski and Class of 2017 Cadet Collin McCloy.
In Men’s C, Class of 2016 Cadet Alberto Amaral placed third in the RR. Class of 2016 Cadet Alberto Castro placed third and Class of 2017 Cadet Adam Ruff placed ninth in the Crit.
In Men’s B, the team placed third in the TTT with Class of 2014 Cadet Micah Douglas, Class of 2015 Cadet Kevin Carringer, Class of 2016 Cadet Kenny Dailey and Ruff.
Sailing: The West Point Sailing team competed against some of the northeast’s best sailors April 19 in the Greater N.Y. Dinghy Regatta on City Island. Fair winds on East Chester Bay allowed for great sailing conditions during most of the day in an area on the Long Island Sound which has the potential of rough seas.
The cadets finished 12th out of 16 competing teams. Class of 2017 Cadet Jackson Biddle and Cass of 2016 Cadet Brian Bui participated in the A Division and Class of 2017 Cadets Matt Schmidt and Henry Holmes competed in the B Division. Marathon Team: The Army Men’s Marathon Team beat Navy (8:12:58 to 8:30:59) at the Boston Marathon April 21.
Marathon Team: The Army Men’s Marathon Team beat Navy (8:12:58 to 8:30:59) at the Boston Marathon April 21. The Women’s Marathon Team, hobbled due to injury, was downed by the rival academy. Overall, the cumulative times were close, with Navy earning a very close victory (15:17:36 to 15:24:08).
The following runners recorded the team’s top times: Class of 2015 Cadets Danny Schlich (2:37:52) Ben Shields (2:43:47) and Leora Reyhan (3:40:10); Class of 2016 Cadet Marc Samland (2:51:19) and Class of 2014 Cadet Mackenzie Vaughn (3:31:00).
Fine Arts Forum: Nineteen cadets with the Cadet Fine Arts Forum (Jazz) traveled to New York City April 22 for a first-time visit to the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.
Artistic director and renowned jazz musician Loren Schoenberg spoke to the cadets about the history of jazz as a truly American form of art, the connections between jazz and Harlem, and what makes jazz so “American” as a music form that models the constitutional form of government. Schoenberg also accompanied a few of the cadets in piano duets.
The cadets also went to Greenwich Village’s Village Vanguard, a jazz club dating back to 1935, and enjoyed the music of renowned jazz guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel. Sgt. 1st Class Mark Tonelli of the West Point Band’s Jazz Knights accompanied the cadets on this trip.
Ultimate Frisbee: The West Point Ultimate team competed in Division III Sectionals in Boston April 19-20 in the start of the USA-Ultimate college postseason. West Point played three games in the initial round of pool play and faced nationally-ranked Bentley and Wentworth Tech for losses.
The cadets had a commanding lead over Merrimack in their final game and held on to win a spot in the quarterfinals.
The West Point team kept the score close through halftime against Stonehill and scored several unanswered points to win the game and advanced to the semifinals. Facing Merrimack again, the cadets kept the score close until the end. With time running out, Merrimack scored on a big play to earn the win.
West Point finished sixth in the tournament and showed a great improvement in play from the beginning of the season. Class of 2016 Cadet Nate Pieringer won the Army MVP for outstanding defensive play throughout the tournament.
Cultural Affairs: Thirteen cadets from the Cultural Affairs Seminar conducted a Leader Professional Development session April 30 with Gen. Vincent Brooks, the commander of U.S. Army Pacific.
The USMA Class of 1980 graduate and first African-American brigade commander for the Corps of Cadets shared valuable insight about his cadet and Army experience. The cadets found their meeting to be both insightful and motivating.
Cadet Community on Civil Military Operations: Sixty-one cadets from 1st Regiment and Company I-4 participated in a Habitat for Humanities Walk for Housing event April 27 in Newburgh.
Cadets served as road guards at intersections and directed walkers along the route and provided water distribution.
Pistol: Seven cadets from the Pistol team participated in a Steel Challenge Match April 26 at the Dutchess County Pistol Range in Fishkill. Official results are still being tabulated but all cadets shot extremely well. Noteworthy were Class of 2017 Cadets Mark Lister, Jeff Schanz and Dashiell Andrews who posted some of the fastest times of the day.
Protestant Chapel Choir: The Cadet Chapel Choir traveled to Middletown April 26-27 where 11 choir members gave a performance for residents of the Middletown Park retirement home. They also presented a concert at the North Congregational Church in Middletown that evening, where they met with worshipers at a reception following the performance.
American Society of Civil Engineers: The West Point Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers attended ASCE’s Regional Competition for Upstate New York, hosted by Cornell University from April 24-27. The annual event is the regional qualifier for the ASCE national competition for the concrete canoe team and the steel bridge team.
The teams consist of first class cadets who designed, built and competed against students from the other universities in the region. Additionally, three cadets competed in the Mead Ethics Essay competition with a written essay and an oral presentation. ASCE club representatives competed in a series of mystery events, which included an AutoCAD competition and a photo scavenger hunt on the Cornell campus.
West Point will host the regional conference and competition next year (April 2015), so additional club officers and faculty observed the conference organization and execution to help our planning process. West Point performed exceptionally during the three days of competition, winning awards in all categories including Steel Bridge Presentation, Concrete Canoe Design Paper, Mead Paper Presentation (Mackenzie Vaughn), Mystery Event and Sportsmanship. The conference planning committee will strive to use this year’s experience to conduct an even better conference at West Point next year.