Galindo, Hill Lead Army In Cross Country Season Finale

Ricado Galindo

Ricado Galindo

Nov. 15, 2013

Women’s Results / Men’s Results

WEST POINT, N.Y.  – Army cross country season came to a close on Friday afternoon as the Black Knights wrapped up the year at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships. Competing in field of 37, the Army men placed 14th while the women secured 21st place. Senior Ricardo Galindo and sophomore Madison Hill were the Black Knights’ frontrunners, leading the way for the third and fifth time, respectively.

The top-two teams from the men’s and women’s races earned automatic bids to the NCAA Championships. Syracuse and Columbia earned berths on the men’s side, while Providence and Dartmouth punched their tickets for the women. Harvard’s Maksim Korolev was the top individual finisher in the men’s 10K, snapping the tape in 30:11.6. Darmouth’s Abby D’Agostino won the women’s title for the second consecutive year, completing the 6K course in 19:48.3.

The Army men’s 14th-place finish matches their mark from 2012, which was the Black Knights’ best team finish since 2008 (12th). The Army women also matched their team finish from the 2012 regional meet.

Galindo crossed the line 44th of 250 overall with a time of 31:19.3 and was followed by classmate Kendall Ward, who placed 71st with a finish of 31:52.7. Galindo and Ward led Army throughout 2013, being the top-two finishers in all seven races. Galindo earned Army’s top time in three races, including the Army-Navy Gold Star win in October, while Ward was the frontrunner in four, including the Patriot League Championships.

Junior Cody Barger was Army’s No. 3 runner for the third time this season (90th, 32:10.6), while freshman Matt Bearden had his finest race of the season as the No. 4 finisher for Army (103rd, 32:20.1). Senior Josh Ecker rounded out Army’s top five in 119th place (32:32.0).

Hill led Army for the fourth consecutive meet, placing 67th of 254 with a 6K time of 21:48.0. The sophomore was followed by classmate Lindsay Gabow, who was Army’s No. 2 finisher for the second consecutive race with her 111th-place finish (22:26.5).

Junior Emily Buck was the third Black Knight to finish (22:38.5) and was followed by a pair of plebes in Brianna Miller (134th, 22:42.2) and Nicole Carter (157th, 22:59.9).  

“Our performances were definitely a reflection on the strength of the region,” said Army head coach Troy Engle. “The Northeast has really has exploded in the past couple yeras. The number of nationally ranked programs is incredible. I thought we raced well though. Cody Barger and Matt Bearden raced well and that bodes well for the future since they’ll be back next year. Three of our top-five guys are seniors and we’ll miss them very much, but I’m confident that our younger guys will step up next year.

“For the women, we had some kids run some fast times,” Engle continued. “Madi Hill, Lindsay Gabow and Emily Buck, our top three, ran exceptionally well. I thought it was a good way to end the season. The women will continue to do well because of our youth and it will be exciting to see."

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