Oct. 4, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army cross country will face its biggest test of the season thus far on Saturday when the Black Knights travel to the Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, Pa. Army will toe the line against eight fellow Patriot League schools in what will be the 38th running of the annual event. The men’s 8K Gold Race is slated for 11 a.m., and will be followed by the women’s 6K Gold Race at 11:45 at Lehigh’s Goodman Campus.
The Army men will be competing at the Paul Short Run for the 11th consecutive season and 14th time overall. The Black Knights placed 23rd of 37 at the 2012 installment and have two team titles to their credit, most recently in 2006. The Army women are entered for the seventh consecutive year and 19th time overall. The Black Knight women also placed 23rd in 2012 (of 40 teams) and are eyeing their first team title in meet history. Army’s highest team finish came in 1988 when they earned sixth place.
Army will be competing for the first time since Sept. 21 when the Black Knights raced at the Iona Meet of Champions. Running for the third time in three weeks, Army finished fifth of 20 on the men’s side and sixth of 20 on the women’s. Senior Kendall Ward earned the Black Knights’ best individual finish since 1998 by crossing the line sixth in a field of 210.
Ward has earned Army’s top finish in two out of three meets this season as the Black Knights’ top three has remained consistent through the first part of the season. Senior Ricardo Galindo earned Army’s top time at Cornell on Sept. 13 and has been the Black Knights’ No. 2 man otherwise, while sophomore Tom Girardot has finished third in all three meets.
On the women’s side, senior Katie Collins finished atop the pack for the second straight meet at Iona after missing the first race of the season. Sophomore Madison Hill, after winning the individual title at the Army Open to begin the season, has finished second behind Collins in each of the last two races. Classmate Lindsay Gabow has been the third Black Knight to cross the line twice this season.
Following Saturday’s race, the next even on the Black Knights’ schedule is the annual Army-Navy Star Meet on Oct. 18. This season’s academy showdown will be contested at the West Point Golf Course as Army hopes to halt the Midshipmen’s winning streak of four meets on the men’s side and two on the women’s.