Nov. 7, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Postseason continues on Friday for the Army cross country teams as the Black Knights are slated to compete at the NCAA Northeast Regional. Hosted by Yale and Fairfield at Hammonasset State Park in Madison, Conn., the women’s 38-team, 6-kilometer race will begin at noon, followed by the 39-team, 10K men’s race at 1:15 p.m.
Teams will be competing for slots at the NCAA Championships, scheduled for Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky. The top-two teams from each of the nine regional meets will automatically qualify for the national race, while 13 additional teams will receive at-large invitations into the 31-team field.
The Black Knight men most recently competed at the NCAAs in 1996 when they finished 15th, while the women have yet to compete at the Division I championships.
Army last competed at the Patriot League Championships at Colgate on Oct. 27. The women placed third led by sophomore Lisa Junta’s third-place finish, collecting All-Patriot League first-team honors in the process. Senior captain Mary Prakel (eighth) and sophomore Rachel King (12th) earned second-team accolades for their respective finishes.
The men placed fourth as a team as junior Ricardo Galindo, fresh off his individual victory at Navy, ran to a ninth-place finish for a second-team certificate. Classmate Kendall Ward was also named to the All-Patriot League second team after crossing the line 14th overall.
Friday’s field for the women includes four nationally ranked teams, led by 2012 Army opponent Cornell, which lists at No. 8 in the most recent (Oct. 30) USTFCCCA National Cross Country Coaches’ Poll. Also competing in the women’s meet are 16th-ranked Connecticut, No. 20 Providence and No. 27 Boston College. BC and Syracuse qualified following 2011 Northeast Regional, running to 12th and 17th-place finishes, respectively, at the NCAA Championships.
For the men, three Northeast Region teams were among the top 30 as of a week ago, led by No. 4 Iona. The Gaels were joined in the rankings by 14th-ranked Syracuse and No. 22 Columbia. Iona (ninth) and the Orange (15th) earned automatic bids to the NCAAs last season, while Providence (22nd) and Columbia (27th) snagged at-large invites.
Information on Friday’s meet, including course maps and directions to the event, can be found by clicking here.