Feb. 1, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. – One of the highlights of the Army track and field indoor season is slated for Sunday afternoon as the annual indoor Star Meet with Navy is destined for West Point’s Gillis Field House. The Midshipmen earned their first indoor sweep since 2007 in last season’s Star Meet in Annapolis, Md., as the Black Knights aim for their first indoor dominance since 2008. The women’s competition will begin the day at noon, with the men’s meet following at 3:30 p.m.
The Army men entered last season with a six-meet winning streak against Navy, including both indoor and outdoor competitions, before the Midshipmen ended the Class of 2012’s perfect run with a 98-83 victory at Navy’s Wesley A. Brown Field House en route to a season sweep of their rival Black Knights. Navy’s indoor win in Annapolis last season gave the Midshipmen the lead in the all-time indoor series, 26-25-2, but Army maintains a home-facility advantage at Gillis, 16-9. The Black Knights also lead the overall series, including indoor and outdoor meets, 69-68-2.
The Army women have dropped seven consecutive indoor Star Meets to Navy with their most recent win coming in 2005, 92-89 at Gillis Field House. The Midshipmen have swept the season series for four straight years, as the Black Knights won the outdoor Star Meet in 2008 at West Point. Army has fared better at Gillis over the years, winning 7 of 13 Star Meets on its home turf, while Navy leads the all-time indoor series 13-12-1 after last season’s 112.5-68.5 victory. The Midshipmen’s win at the 2012 outdoor Star Meet gave them the edge in all Army-Navy competitions, 26-25-1.
Sunday’s meet will pit two of the top-performing squads in the Patriot League this season against each other. Of the 20 ranked events this indoor season, the Army men boast 17 top-five marks and two which lead the pack, while Navy has 34 top-five performances and leads in six events. On the women’s side, Navy has earned 17 top-five marks and the top performance in four events, while Army is credited with 14 top-five marks and leads in six events.
“Both meets on Sunday should be real dog fights,” said Army head coach Troy Engle. “On paper, both sides will be close. We need to make sure that our traditionally strong events stay that way, but also aim to break up some of Navy’s typically big events. It has the makings of being an epic, nail-biting dual meet competition.”
The men’s outdoor meet last season lived up to that billing as the day’s final event, the 4x400-meter relay, decided the winner as Navy legged out the victory in the relay and the meet by a mere two points. The Army-Navy indoor Star Meet has been decided by single digits 17 times in men’s competitions and five in women’s, including 2006’s meets where both were decided by five points.
Following Sunday’s showdown, Army will have one final tune-up meet before the postseason begins. The Black Knights will travel to The Armory for the Lafayette-Rider Winter Games on Feb. 8. Events are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
Army-Navy Women’s Schedule of Events
12:00 p.m. Wt. Throw followed by Shot Put
11:00 Long Jump followed by Triple Jump
11:00 Pole Vault, High Jump
12:30 Mile Run
12:40 60m HH
12:50 400m Dash
1:00 500m Run
1:10 60m Dash
1:20 800m Run
1:30 1000m Run
1:40 200m Dash
1:50 3000m Run
Army-Navy Men’s Schedule of Events
3:30 p.m. Wt. Throw followed by Shot Put
3:30 Long Jump followed by Triple Jump
3:30 Pole Vault, High Jump
4:00 Mile Run
4:10 60m HH
4:20 400m Dash
4:30 500m Run
4:40 60m Dash
4:50 800m Run
5:00 1000m Run
5:10 200m Dash
5:20 3000m Run