Cross Country Teams Place 23rd at Paul Short Run

Kendall Ward

Kendall Ward

Sept. 28, 2012

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. - In soggy conditions amongst intermittent showers, the Army cross country teams returned to competition on Friday after a two-week hiatus at the Paul Short Run hosted by Patriot League foe Lehigh. Both the men and women collected 23rd-place team finishes, with the men's coming on an 8K course in a field of 37 and the women's a 6K against 39 other teams.

Army's frontrunners went unchanged for the fourth consecutive meet, as junior Ricardo Galindo earned the men's top time and sophomore Lisa Junta finished first for the women.

In the men's meet, Galindo, who crossed the tape in 25:29 for 105th place overall (of 332), was followed by senior James Hodgen, who claimed 115th place with a time of 25:36. Hodgen earned Army's second-best mark for the fourth time this season. With just one race under his belt this season prior to Friday, junior Kendall Ward came out strong with the Black Knights' No. 3 time of 25:52, earning 151st place.

In a field of 360 runners, Junta placed 47th with her 6K time of 21:19. Senior captain Mary Prakel continued her climb up the Army rankings with her first No. 2 finish of the season, crossing the tape in 22:18 for 122nd place. Prakel previously ranked sixth, fifth and fourth in Army's first three competitions. Junior Liz O'Donnell collected Army's third-best time for the third time in 2012, finishing 149th with a time of 22:33.

Friday's meet gave the Black Knights their first opportunity to go head-to-head against conference foes, as the men's meet featured the host Mountain Hawks, while the women were pitted against Lehigh, Navy, Holy Cross and Colgate. The Lehigh men led the Patriot League finishers with a ninth-place finish, while the Navy women led the conference in 10th place. The Army women were followed by Lehigh in 30th, Colgate in 33rd and Holy Cross in 37th.

Overall, Villanova captured the men's team title with 69 points, including three top-10 finishers, while the women's trophy was taken home by familiar foe Cornell, which totaled 55 points led by the race's No. 2 runner. Georgetown's Mark Dennin won the men's individual championship (23:57), while Dartmouth's Abbey D'Agostino finished first in the women's meet (19:58).

The Black Knights will have two weeks to prepare for their lone dual meet of the season - the Army-Navy Star Meet. This season's annual academy showdown will take place in Annapolis, Md., on Oct. 13. The Black Knight men will look to halt the Midshipmen Star Meet winning streak at three, while the Army women are aiming for their third victory in the last four showdowns.

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