Oct. 27, 2012
HAMILTON, N.Y. – Postseason began for Army cross country on Saturday morning as the Black Knight women earned a third-place finish and the men placed fourth at the 2012 Patriot League Championships. Hosted by Colgate, Army took home a total of five All-Patriot League certificates, including sophomore Lisa Junta’s first-team nod.
In the women’s race, Navy captured the team crown for the second consecutive year with its 46-point total. Bucknell followed in second with 68 points, with Army rounding out the top three with 78. Lehigh finished fourth (84), while Colgate earned fifth (147), Lafayette and Holy Cross tied for sixth (168), and American placed eighth (171).
The Midshipmen earned the top-two individual times led by Annie-Norah Beveridge who won the individual title with her 6K time of 21:45.4, besting a field of 72.
On the men’s side, Lehigh dethroned Navy, which entered Saturday’s race having won the three most recent conference crowns. The Mountain Hawks totaled 54 points, while Midshipmen followed closely with 56. American took third place with 74 points, followed by Army in fourth with 83. Bucknell (fifth, 120), Colgate (sixth, 130), Holy Cross (seventh, 198) and Lafayette (eighth, 245) rounded out the team results.
Colgate’s Chris Johnson placed first overall in the men’s field of 76, finishing Colgate’s 8K course in 25:11.0.
Junta ran to a third-place finish, the best by Black Knight in the women’s race since 1998 when Gretchen Dobert was runner-up. The sophomore crossed the line in 22:14.3, edging out the fourth-place finisher by 27 seconds. Junta has earned the Black Knights’ top time in all six races this season, including Saturday’s efforts towards first team All-Patriot League recognition.
For the third consecutive meet, senior captain Mary Prakel was Army’s No. 2 runner, finishing eighth overall (23:06.2) to earn all-league second-team honors. For the second straight meet, sophomore Rachel King was the third Black Knight to cross the line, placing 12th overall with a time of 23:25.4 to also snag second-team recognition.
With three Black Knights finishing among the top 14, Army collected three All-Patriot League certificates for the first time since 2009. At the 2009 meet, Courtney Clement placed fourth for first-team honors, while Ashley Morgan (10th) and Chelsea Prahl (14th) snagged second-team accolades.
Army has earned three or more all-conference nods four times since the league changed to its current two-tiered honor system in 2002. The 2002 race was Army’s most decorated as six Black Knights took home all-league medals.
Senior Jill Busby (21st, 23:47.9) and junior Kelly Kingma (34th, 24:29.8) rounded out the point earners for the Army women. The Black Knights’ 78 points were its best tally since 2005, when Army totaled 67 points en route to a second-place finish.
For the Army men, junior Ricardo Galindo continued his standout year by earning second team All-Patriot League honors with a ninth-place 8K time of 25:54.2. Galindo has earned Army’s top finish in all six races this season, en route to his first career all-conference nod.
Junior Kendall Ward also collected all-league honors for the first time, finishing 14th overall with a time of 26:06.1. Saturday’s race was Ward’s fourth meet of the season, earning Army’s No. 2 time for the first time in 2012.
Army collected two All-Patriot League certificates for the second time in three years.
Seniors rounded out the scorers for the Black Knights as Mark Castelli (16th, 26:11.0), James Hodgen (20th, 26:17.3) and Kevin Russell (24th, 26:27.0) finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively, for Army.
The Black Knight men finished fourth for the second consecutive year and third time overall.
Army’s postseason continues on Nov. 9 at the NCAA Northeast Regionals. This year’s race, hosted by Yale and Fairfield, is slated for Madison, Conn., at Hammonasset State Park. The women’s 6K will begin at noon, followed by the men’s 10K at 1:15 p.m.