Sept. 21, 2013
BRONX, N.Y. – Army cross country competed in its third meet in three weeks on Saturday morning when the Black Knights traveled to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y., for the 19th annual Iona Meet of Champions. The Army men placed fifth of 20 teams while the women finished sixth of 20 in what was the Black Knights’ first peak at a pair of Patriot League teams.
The Navy men placed third overall, led by a pair of top-10 finishers, while the Colgate women placed 10th despite two runners crossing the line among the top 16.
Senior Kendall Ward earned the men’s top time for the second time in three meets, finishing sixth of 210 overall with a 6K time of 25:42.39. The sixth-place finish is the best by a Black Knight men’s runner since Scott Goff crossed the line third overall at the 1998 Iona Meet of Champions.
Senior captain Ricardo Galindo, who earned Army’s top time at Cornell last weekend, was the second Black Knight to cross the line, recording the 19th-best collegiate time on the morning, 26:07.18. Sophomore Thomas Girardot (23rd; 26:15.09) and juniors Trevor Lafontaine (28th; 26:15.09) and Cody Barger (41st; 26:36.58) rounded out Army’s top-five scorers.
On the women’s side, senior Katie Collins earned Army’s top time for the second straight meet. Collins placed 20th overall in a field of 190 with a 6K time of 23:35.71 and was followed by sophomore Madison Hill for the second consecutive week (24th; 23:39.02). Sophomore Lindsay Gabow was Army’s No. 3 runner for the second time in three meets, crossing the line 32nd overall (23:51.25), while Emily Buck (60th; 24:24.20) and Nicole Carter (63rd; 24:37.21) rounded out the top-five scorers.
“The course ran long today, closer to 6,100 meters, so the times didn’t reflect what we actually ran,” said Army head coach Troy Engle. “I was very pleased with how the women raced today. We’ve had three meets with three different orders of finishers. I felt freshmen Jacqueline Head and Nicole Carter had absolute breakthrough performances, and Emily Buck has really solidified herself in our top four. There was about 90 seconds between our first and seventh runner and that’s our strength, our packs.
“The men’s performance was very impressive. Kendall Ward had a big breakthrough race, Thomas Girardot was exceptional and we’re really excited the way Trevor Lafontaine performed as well. We feel very good about this stage in our season and believe we’ll be in great shape for the Paul Short Run.”
Army will have two weeks to prepare for its next competition: the Paul Short Run. Hosted by Patriot League foe Lehigh, the 38th annual race is set for Oct. 5 in Bethlehem, Pa. Nine of the 10 Patriot League schools are expected to race, with only Boston University missing from the fold. Both Black Knight squads placed 23rd at last season’s meet out of a field of nearly 50 schools.