WEST POINT, N.Y. - For the second time in as many weeks, an Army cross country duo has earned a pair of Patriot League honors, according to the League's weekly selections. Freshman Jillian Busby was tabbed as the Female Rookie of the Week, while senior captain Zac Reiter garnered Honorable Mention on the men's side, as each led their respective squad in the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa. last weekend.
Busby, who has been Army's first-place runner in the first four races, ran the 6,000-meter course in a season-best 21:46, a full 70 seconds better than her previous best in a 6k race. The Merrimack, N.H. native earned 78th place out of a 363 runner field, as the Black Knights finished in 31st of the 40 teams.
On the men's side, Zac Reiter also collected Patriot League laurels for his effort in the 8k race. The Rock Springs, Wyo. Native crossed the line in 24:36 to claim 51st overall in among 386 runners. Reiter's finish was 11 seconds faster than his previous best performance in an 8k race, and marked the fourth consecutive race that he ranked as Army's top runner. Behind Reiter's outing, the Black Knights notched 15th place out of 42 teams.
The Black Knights will take a break this weekend, before returning to action Oct. 16 at the West Point Golf Course to host Navy in the annual Star Meet between the two storied rivals. The men's team defeated Navy in Annapolis, Md. last season and tied with the Midshipmen for the Patriot League Championship. The women's teams posted five consecutive head-to-head wins against the Mids from 2001-2005, but have suffered three straight losses since.