Nov. 12, 2011
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Army cross country concluded its season on Saturday with a pair of 16th-place finishes at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships. The Black Knight men tallied 436 points in a field of 33 teams while the women registered 518 points in a field of 36. Syracuse swept both men’s and women’s team titles.
On the men’s side, senior Barrett LeHardy earned Army’s top finish for the fifth time this season. LeHardy completed with 10,000-meter course in 32:48.5 for 58th place overall. Senior captain Dan Nix followed in 94th place, crossing the line in 33:24.6. Classmate Mike Mitchell completed the senior-led day, placing 95th of 436 by finishing in 33:24.9.
Iona’s Leonard Korir won the individual title with a time of 31:10.4. The Orange tallied 54 points, including three top-10 finishes, to win the team belt. Army earned the Patriot League’s best finish, as Colgate placed 26th with 718 points.
On the women’s side, sophomore Liz O’Donnell earned her second team-best finish in the last three races. O’Donnell completed with 6K course in 22:40.6 to place 81st overall in a field of 243. Senior captain Chelsea Prahl capped her strong final campaign with an 85th-place time of 22:42.4. Junior Marcie Nordt rounded out the Black Knights’ top three by finishing in 22:57.8 for 98th place.
Dartmouth’s Abby D’Agostino finished in 20:25.3 to capture first place overall, while Syracuse totaled 116 points and a pair of top-10 finishes to win the team trophy. The Black Knights earned the Patriot League’s top finish as Colgate placed 17th and Holy Cross ran to a 19th-place finish.
“We’re excited about the direction we’re headed. In a region that’s getting more and more competitive nationally, we’re improving,” said Army head coach Troy Engle. “On the men’s side, our seniors were gunning for a good last performance and they did it, running exceptionally well. The course was slow, soft and dry, so I don’t think the times were reflective of what they could have run elsewhere.
“On the women’s side, for us to beat Colgate shows how important our frontrunners are, especially in a meet this size. To have a sophomore (Liz O’Donnell) and freshman (Dayna Cline) in our top five is exciting for our future.”
The 16th-place finishes for Army are the best team finishes since Engle’s inaugural season in 2008 when the Black Knights earned a pair of 12th-place marks.