Army Defeated By Cornell In First Dual Meets of 2013

Ricardo Galindo, men's team captain

Ricardo Galindo, men's team captain

Sept. 13, 2013

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ITHACA, N.Y.  – Competing in the first of two dual meets of the 2013 season, Army cross country was swept at Cornell on Friday afternoon at The Moakley Course in Ithaca, N.Y. The Black Knight women were topped 50-15, while the men were defeated 40-19. Senior captain Ricardo Galindo highlighted the day by nearly capturing the men’s individual title.

Galindo, who last won a meet title at Navy in 2012, was edged by 1.2 seconds by Cornell’s Mark Tedder on the 5-mile course. Galindo crossed the line in 25:23.5 while Tedder escaped with the win in 25:22.3.

Galindo led a trio of Black Knights who finished in the top 10. Classmate Kendall Ward, who claimed the individual title at last week’s Army Open, finished seventh with a 5-mile time of 25:45.1, while sophomore Tom Girardot followed closely behind in eighth (25:51.9).

On the women’s side, Army struggled to break up Cornell’s pack as the Big Red captured the top 15 finishes. Senior Katie Collins was the first Black Knight to finish as she crossed the line 16th with the 5,000-meter time of 18:51.4. Sophomore Madison Hill, the Army Open winner, finished 18th (19:10.5), while freshman Brianna Miller was the third Army runner to complete the course (23rd overall; 19:24.0).

“I don’t think the scores truly represented where we are as a team right now,” said Army head coach Troy Engle. “Ricky ran a strong race and that was something to be proud of. For the women, we had eight runners record times that were better than our top five did at this time a year ago, so we have to be pleased with our progress. I think as the season progresses we’ll just continue to get stronger. We’re looking forward to it.”

The Army men maintain an all-time lead over Cornell at 34-30, while the Black Knight women fall to 3-25 against the Big Red, including 14 consecutive setbacks.

Army will compete in its first large-team competition next weekend at the Iona Meet of Champions. The Black Knight women claimed the team title at the 2012 Iona race, edging out 11 other programs, while the men placed fifth of 14. The 18th annual meet will kick off with the women’s 6K race at 9:30 a.m., followed by the men’s 8K at 10:15 at famed Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y.

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