Oct. 5, 2013
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Army cross country returned to competition on Saturday at the Paul Short Run hosted by Patriot League foe Lehigh. The 38th annual meet, contended at the Mountain Hawk's Goodman Campus, featured nearly 50 teams including a number of conference foes of the Black Knights. The Army men placed 14th of 47 with 487 points, while the women finished 39th of 48 with 1013 points.
James Leakos of Harvard won the men's individual title with an 8K time of 23:13, while Lehigh's Tyler Mueller was the top finisher from the Patriot League, placing sixth in a field of 395. Indiana claimed the men's title with 89 points. Other Patriot League teams that raced included Navy (eighth), American (20th), Lehigh (24th) and Bucknell (42nd).
Georgetown won the women's team title with 481 points, while Dartmouth's Abbey D'Agostino claimed the individual crown with a 6K time of 19:44. Lehigh was the top Patriot League team on the women's side, finishing 26th on its home course, followed by Bucknell (29th), Navy (35th), American (42nd), Loyola (45th) and Colgate (tied for 47th). Loyola senior Keira Harrison was the top individual performer from the conference, placing 21st of 401 with a time of 20:58.
Senior Kendall Ward led the Army men for the second consecutive meet and third time in 2013 by crossing the line 28th overall with an 8K time of 24:34. Ward was followed by classmate Ricardo Galindo who placed 77th with a time of 25:08. Ward and Galindo have been the top-two Black Knights through all four meets this season.
Junior Nathan Fisher broke into Army's top three for the first time by finishing 113th (25:30) and was followed by senior Joshua Ecker (138th; 25:40) and junior Cody Barger (143rd; 25:43).
In the women's 6K race, sophomore Madison Hill led Army for the second time this season, crossing the line 120th overall with a time of 22:00. Hill was followed by senior Katie Collins, who placed 153rd (22:15). Sophomore Lindsay Gabow was the third Black Knight to finish for the second straight meet, placing 216th (22:41).
Junior Emily Buck (285th; 23:10) and Nicole Carter (316th; 23:29) rounded out Army's top five.
The next event on the Black Knights' schedule is the annual Army-Navy Star Meet on Oct. 18. This season's academy showdown will be contested at the West Point Golf Course as Army hopes to halt the Midshipmen's winning streak of four meets on the men's side and two on the women's.