WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army sophomore distance specialist Lisa Junta was named the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week after leading the women's cross country team at the Iona Meet of Champions on Saturday at Van Cortlandt Park in New York City. The Black Knights bested the field of 12 teams to win the crown for the first time in program history.
Junta earned Army's top time for the third consecutive week, completing the hilly 6,100-meter course in 22:23.10. The time was the third-best by a point earner (82) and listed fourth overall (112). Supported by teammates junior Liz O'Donnell (sixth) and freshman Lindsay Gabow (eighth), Junta led the Army trio of top-10 finishers.
The Black Knights totaled 63 points while averaging a course time of 23:13 to capture their first Iona Meet of Champions team title in program history. Prior to Saturday's win, Army's top finish in nine tries was third place, which was achieved in both 1995 and 1997.
This is Junta's second AAA honor after collecting 2011-12's final certificate of the season (May 14) for winning the 10,000-meter run title at the outdoor ECAC Championships. The sophomore is the first cross country runner to be named Army's top weekly athlete since Oct. 18, 2010, when Marcie Nordt was tabbed.
After three consecutive weekends of competition, Army will enjoy its first bye week of the season this week. The Black Knights' next meet will provide their first peak at Patriot League competition when they travel to Lehigh on Sept. 28 for the Paul Short Invite.