Sept. 19, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army cross country will compete at the 19th annual Iona Meet of Champions for the fourth consecutive year on Saturday as the Black Knight women eye their second consecutive team title. The women’s 6K race will kick off at 9:30 a.m., at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y., and will be followed by the men’s 8K at 10:15. The Army women won last season’s Meet of Champions, besting a field of 12, while the men placed fifth of 14.
Army is one of three Patriot League members scheduled to race on Saturday morning; the Colgate women and Navy men are also expected to be entrants. Additionally, Adelphi, Albany, American International, Boston College (men), Brown, Kent State, Manhattan, Marist, Monroe, Northeastern, Quinnipiac, Siena, St. Francis (N.Y.), St. John’s (women), Saint Joseph’s, UMass Lowell, Valparaiso and Yale are also scheduled to compete.
Army is coming off a pair of losses last Friday at Cornell. The Black Knight men fell 40-19, while the women suffered a 50-15 setback. Senior captain Ricardo Galindo earned the men’s top time, edged by just 1.2 seconds out of first place to claim runner-up honors at the meet. Senior Katie Collins, competing in her first race since Nov. 2011, was the first Army woman to cross the line, placing 16th overall.
Army will be making its 10th appearance at the Iona Meet of Champions. The Black Knight men and women each have a team title to their credit, with the Army men capturing the inaugural race trophy in 1996 and the women winning last season’s installment. For more information on Saturday’s race and past results, click here.
Following Saturday’s meet, Army will have two weeks to prepare for its next competition: the Paul Short Run. Hosted by Patriot League foe Lehigh, the 38th annual race is set for Oct. 5 in Bethlehem, Pa. Nine of the 10 Patriot League schools are expected to race, with only Boston University missing from the fold. Both Black Knight squads placed 23rd at last season’s meet out of a field of nearly 50 schools.