Army, Navy To Decide Cross Country Gold Star on Friday

Galindo on his way to snapping the tape in 2012

Galindo on his way to snapping the tape in 2012

Oct. 16, 2013

WEST POINT, N.Y.  – The annual Army-Navy cross country Star Meet is set for Friday at the West Point Golf Course with the men’s 8-kilometer race kicking off the afternoon at 4 p.m., followed by the women’s 6K at 4:45. The Midshipmen have won four consecutive men’s races and two straight women’s Stars as the Black Knights aim for their first season sweep since 2005.

Army has had two weeks to prepare for the annual academy showdown, last competing at the Paul Short Run on Oct. 5 at Lehigh. The Black Knight men finished 14th of 47 teams with senior Kendall Ward (27th) earning Army’s top time for the third time in four races. The Black Knight women placed 39th of 48 as sophomore Madison Hill (120th) finished atop the Army ranks for the second time this season.

Navy also ran at Paul Short with the men placing eighth and the women 35th.  

The Midshipmen lead both all-time series, with a 46-28-1 record on the men’s side (since 1937) and a 17-10 record in women’s races (since 1986). The men’s four-meet winning streak is its longest since claiming six consecutive Stars between 1997 and 2002. The Black Knight men won most recently in 2008, a narrow 27-28 decision in Annapolis, Md., and last won at West Point in 2005 (27-28). The Army women won back-to-back Gold Stars in 2009 and 2010 for their most recent victories.

Current senior captain Ricardo Galindo won the individual title in Annapolis at last season’s meet despite Army’s 20-43 setback. Galindo became Army’s first individual winner since 2008, edging out John Sweeney by over two seconds in the 8K race.

The Army women will look to a new leader from the 2012 race as the top-five Black Knight finishers from a year ago no longer compete for the Black & Gold. Senior Katie Collins, who did not compete last season, has earned Army’s top time in two of three races she has run in this season, while Hill has finished in the top two in all four meets. Friday’s Star Meet will be Hill’s first after missing her freshman season recovering from an injury. The Mids won the 2012 race 20-40.

The Army-Navy meet marks the final regular-season competition for the Black Knights. Army will compete next at the Patriot League Championships, slated for Nov. 2 at Lafayette. The Black Knight men finished fourth at last season’s conference meet while the women placed third.

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