Army Hosts Air Force On Valentine's Day

Connor Venrick

Connor Venrick

Feb. 14, 2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The 13th-rankedArmy gymnastics team hosts ninth-ranked Air Force in its home debut at Gross Sports Center Friday evening at 6 p.m., before heading to Massachusetts to take on Springfield Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.

The Black Knights, competing for the third straight weekend against service academy teams, are coming off a tough 422.3-420.1 loss to Navy in Annapolis last weekend as both teams turned in season highs.

Army will be looking to record its first win over Air Force since claiming a road decision over the Falcons in 2007. Army fell to Air Force, 334.0-326.5, in the last meeting at West Point in 2012 and was edged 414.2-408.1 in last year's meet in Colorado.

Army was part of the four-team field two weeks ago at the All-Academy Championships with Air Force claiming its fourth straight title after besting Navy and Army with a 427.7.

Sophomore Jesse Glenn, who won all-around (84.35) and high bar (15.3) in last week's meeting with Navy, is the reigning ECAC Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) gymnast of the week. It is the second time he has earned that distinction.

Glenn currently ranks fourth in the country on high bar with a 15.033 and lists No. 6 in all-around (84.867). He is also 18th on vault (14.733) and 46th in floor exercise (14.233).

In addition to Glenn ranking among the nation's leaders, freshmen Joe Pritts and Sam Kusnitz are ranked 29th (14.683) and 42nd (14.35) in floor exercise, respectively, and senior Kip Webber is 29th on still rings (14.65) and 34th on vault (14.617).

Air Force's Timmy Wang, who is ranked No. 3 in the country in all-around (85.783), posted an 87.2 mark in capturing the title at the All-Academy Championships. Glenn will be looking to challenge Wang for top honors in Friday's meet after besting Air Force in last year's dual match with an 84.85.

Webber will also carry Army's colors on still rings after winning that event in last year's meeting at Air Force with a 14.55. His top score in that event this year is a 14.9, which is just shy of his 15.1 he recorded last year against Springfield.

In the team scoring, Air Force is ranked higher than Army in four of the six events. The Falcons are listed seventh in the four events - floor exercise (72-233-71.617), pommel horse (70.817-66.55), still rings (73.2-68.967) and parallel bars (71.6-68.567). The Black Knights have the higher average on vault (71.7-71.533) and high bar (69.483-69.267).

Following Friday's meet, Army heads to Springfield to take on the Pride, who are ranked No. 15. Springfield competed in January at the West Point Open and finished sixth.

In the ECAC team standings, Army is ranked second (414.483) and Springfield is fourth (399.717). The Blacked Knights are No. 1 in the conference on floor exercise, vault and high bar, stand second on parallel bars and third on still rings. The Pride's highest ranking is third on pommel horse (67.033), an event Army lists fifth (66.55).

Glenn ranks first in the conference in all-around and high bar and is second on vault. Connor Venrick on pommel horse (14.417) and Pritts on floor exercise (14.683) are third in the conference in those respective events. Webber is fourth on still rings (14.65) and vault (14.617), along with Chris Short on parallel bars (14.083),

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