Nov. 2, 2013
EASTON, Pa. – Postseason began for the Army cross country team on Saturday as the Black Knights competed at the Patriot League Championships, hosted by Lafayette. Running at Metzgar Athletic Complex, the Army men finished fourth in the newly expanded 10-team field while the women ran to a fifth place team finish.
Four Black Knights earned All-Patriot League certificates by finishing among the top-14 runners in their respective races. Seniors Kendall Ward and Ricardo Galindo claimed first-team honors, while classmate Josh Ecker and sophomore Madison Hill brought home second-team recognition.
The pair of first-team accolades mark the first time since 2008 the Army men placed multiple runners on the first team.
Ward crossed the line fourth in a field of 106, completing the 8K course in 25:14.79. The fourth-place finish is the highest by an Army men’s runner since Jonathan Anderson won the meet in 2008. Galindo was not far behind, claiming sixth place with a time of 25:25.42. The top seven finishers earn All-Patriot League first-team recognition, while the eighth through 14 runners are named to the second team. Ecker finished 14th overall (25:42.04).
Junior Cody Barger placed 20th (25:57.88), followed by freshman Matt Bearden (28th; 26:19.15), sophomore Tom Girardot (29th; 26:19.75) and junior Nathan Fisher (33rd; 26:25.37) to round out the Army scorers.
Lehigh’s Tyler Mueller won the individual title with a time of 24:22.03, snapping the tape over six seconds ahead of the runner-up finisher from newcomer Boston University. Navy won the men’s team title for the fifth time in six seasons, totaling 61 points to edge the 2012 champions from Lehigh by two points. American placed third with 66, followed by the Black Knights with 72. Army’s fourth-place finish was its third consecutive.
In the women’s meet, Hill led Army for the third consecutive meet by finishing 12th overall in a field of 101, completing the 6K course in 22:39.31. The sophomore was followed by sophomore Lindsay Gabow, who finished 19th (22:53.98). Also scoring for Army was senior Katie Collins (29th; 23:10.48), junior Emily Buck (39th; 23:26.31), freshman Brianna Miller (44th; 23:37.67), junior Katrina Mecklenburg (58th; 23:59.08) and freshman Nicole Carter (59th; 24:00.72).
Competing at the Patriot League Championships for the first time, Boston University won the team crown by totaling 47 points, edging Lehigh by 10 points. Navy claimed third place (81 points), followed by Bucknell (106) and Army (140). The Black Knights finished fifth for the first time since 2007 and fourth time overall.
The Terriers also boasted two of the top-three individual times, led by champion Rosa Moriello who snapped the tape in 21:09.93, nearly 38 seconds ahead of the No. 2 finisher.
Following Saturday’s competition, postseason will continue for Army on Nov. 15 at the NCAA Regionals at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.