Oct. 13, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Army cross country was swept by rival Navy in the annual Star Meets for the second year in a row, as the Midshipmen captured the men’s race 20-43, and the women’s showdown 20-40 in Annapolis, Md. Black Knight junior Ricardo Galindo highlighted the day for Army as Galindo captured the men’s individual title by besting a field of 24.
Galindo finished Navy’s 8K course in 24:38.56, edging out the Midshipmen’s John Sweeney by a shade over two seconds. The Army junior is the first Black Knight to capture first place overall since 2008, when Jon Anderson led the squad to their most recent Star Meet team victory. Galindo’s finish also marks the first time since 2007 when the first-place time did not belong to a member of the team which won the meet. He has earned Army’s top time in all five races this season.
After Galindo, Navy collected the next eight-best time to seal its victory. Army’s No. 2 finisher for the fifth consecutive race was senior James Hodgen, who crossed the line in 25:07.59 for 10th place overall and nine points. Classmate Mark Castelli earned the Black Knights’ third-best time for the third time this season with his mark of 25:19.34, earning 13th place.
Senior Dan Jester and freshman Thomas Girardot rounded out Army’s point earners, placing 17th and 18th, respectively. Jester crossed the line in 26:06.39, while Girardot followed in 26:16.49.
On the women’s side, injuries wrote the story for the Black Knights as they found themselves without two of their top-three runners of the season in freshman Lindsey Gabow and junior Liz O’Donnell.
Sophomore Lisa Junta continued on a similar successful path, capturing Army’s top time for the fifth meet of the year. Junta placed second overall in a field of 21, completing the 6K course in 21:37.90, breaking the course record along with the first-place finisher from Navy.
The Midshipmen took four of the top-five finishes, as Army’s Mary Prakel earned the Black Knights’ second-best time for the second consecutive meet. Prakel crossed the line in 22:44.80 to place sixth overall. Sophomore Rachel King (ninth, 23:10.10), freshman Angelica Dickson (11th, 23:21.50) and senior Jill Busby (13th, 23:24.70) rounded out the Black Knights’ scorers.
Navy sophomore Annie-Norah Beveridge won the individual title, setting a course record with a time of 21:13.90.
The wins for Midshipmen increased their leads in both all-time series. Army falls to 28-46-1 in the men’s races, and 10-17 in the women’s meets. Navy has won four consecutive men’s Star Meets and back-to-back women’s races.
“The bright spot on the men’s side was that Ricky (Galindo) won overall,” said Army head coach Troy Engle.” After him though, there was a pretty big drop. One of the things of significance in the men’s race today was our packed line just wasn’t there. We didn’t have our best day and that set us back, but I’m proud of Ricky.
“For the women, Lisa (Junta) had a lightning-fast time. But without Lindsey (Gabow) and Liz (O’Donnell), it really took the guts out of the meet for us. It’s hard to replace those girls who have been running out front for us all season.”
The Army-Navy meet marks the final regular-season competition for the Black Knights. Army will have two weeks to prepare for the Patriot League Championships, which will be hosted by Colgate on Oct. 27.