Army Hosts Annual Star Meet Versus Navy

Chris Smith

Chris Smith

April 4, 2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army track & field teams welcome arch-rival Navy to Shea Stadium Saturday morning for the annual Star Meet. The Black Knights and Mids have met every season since 1923 with the women joining the rivalry in 1987. The competition begins at 11 a.m.

On the men's side, the Black Knights are trying to snap a two-year losing streak in outdoor competition. Army's last victory was a 103-97 decision in Annapolis in 2011. Overall, the Mids have won the last five meets, both indoors and outdoors.

In last season's meeting in Annapolis, the Black Knights won seven of 11 running events, but the Mids made up the different in the field portion of the competition. This season's indoor meet was nearly identical with the Black Knights earning another seven first-place finishes on the track. Plebe Jose Santana led the way with school records in both the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes.

The 100-meter dash showdown between Santana and Navy's Jordan Sartor-Francis will be one to watch. Santana nd his Navy competitor boast two of the top three times in the Patriot League this season. The 110-meter hurdles will also be hotly contestes. Army's Taylor Andrews's 14.61 at the Texas Relays ranks first in the league. Army and Navy boast seven of the top times among Patriot League competitors.

The Army women are going for their first win over the Mids since 2008 when the Black Knights scored a 119.5-83.5 victory at West Point. The Mids have won 11 straight indoor and outdoor competitions in the series.

In this season's indoor meet, the Black Knights won five events, posted three ECAC qualifying marks and had four Academy top-10 efforts.

Saturday's dual meet is the first of the Black Knights' two straight home events. Both teams will compete in the Army Five-Way on April 12.

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