Feb. 14, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Army's gymnastics team returns to action this weekend when it heads to Atlanta, Ga., for the annual All-Academy Championships. The Black Knights, ranked 13th nationally, take on No. 14 Air Force and No. 15 Navy at the Georgia State Sports Arena at 6 p.m. Saturday.
The meet will be held during the 30th Peachtree Invitational at the Sports Arena on the campus of Georgia State University. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for children aged 7-12 with no charge for those under the age of six.
The Black Knights, who finished runner-up two weeks ago at their annual West Point Open, will be in the thick of battle to claim their first All-Academy title since 2007. Two-time defending champion Air Force presents a strong challenge as the Black Knights fell to the Falcons, 414.2-408.1, in a dual match in mid-January. Navy has been idle since competing at Army's West Point Open where the Midshipmen placed fifth.
Though Army leads the field at the all-academy meet with a 409.45 three-score average, followed by Air Force (408.05) and Navy (398.467), the Falcons have the top scores in five of the six team events. Air Force has a slight edge over Army on floor exercise (69.83-69.45), still rings (69.083-68.800) and parallel bars (68.200-68.133), while also topping the field on vault (71.833) and high bar (65.683).
Army is the leader on pommel horse behind its 67.917 average that ranks No. 10 in the country with the Falcons four spots back at 14th (66.10). Navy's top two events are still rings (68.233) and high bar (65.567) ranking 14th in both.
Army senior Garrek Hojan-Clark and freshman Jesse Glenn are ranked, along with Air Force's Tory Brown (vault) and Tyler Huebner (still rings), among the nation's top 20. Glenn is second nationally as an all-arounder with an 84.45 average, and Hojan-Clark lists third on pommel horse (15.217) on his signature event and heads into the meet unbeaten in four competitions thus far.
Hojan-Clark captured the pommel horse title at the West Point Open, just the fourth Black Knight in 22 years to claim win that event, and Glenn was the first Black Knight to win the all-around title. Glenn is also listed 21st on high bar (14.133) and 26th on parallel bars (14.217).
Air Force's Gared Chapman and Army's Glenn are coming off of solid performances competing last weekend at the Winter Cup Challenge. Glenn turned in his top scores on floor exercise and vault in the preliminary round. He placed 12th on vault (14.25) and 15th on floor exercise (13.6) among the field of 34 in the evening session. In the combined sessions of 74 competitors, he was 27th on vault, 33rd on floor exercise, tied for 41st on pommel horse, tied for 50th on high bar and 51st on parallel bars. Gared posted a 13.9 on vault and 12.1 on still rings.
It will be a homecoming for senior Jared Breeden who is from Peachtree City, Ga., and competed for Gym South. Breeden's main events this year are floor exercise and vault where he has scored a 13.8 and 14.15, respectively.