Sept. 1, 2012
HAMILTON, N.Y. -
The Navy men's cross country team opened the 2012 season by placing second at Colgate's Harry Lang Invitational on Saturday. No. 12 Syracuse won the men's race on the 6,400-meter course with 22 points, Navy was second with 56 points and American was third with 78 points. Eleven teams competed in the race with 103 total runners.
"We had a bunch of pockets of runners today instead of running as a group and we weren't close to Syracuse," head coach Al Cantello said. "But it's early for everyone and it was a pretty big field. Now that we have this first one out of the way we will look forward to next week where we will take on a couple more ranked teams."
Senior Christopher Galvin (Austin, Texas) led all Navy runners with a seventh-place finish at 20:19.
Junior Robert Patterson (Owings, Md.) nabbed 10th place at 20:29, senior Kyle Satterwhite (Charlottesville, Va.) was 11th (20:30) and sophomore John Sweeney (Euclid, Ohio) placed 12th (20:31).
Junior Sean Rynning (Longwood, Fla.) was Navy's fifth finisher at 20:44, good for 16th overall.
Navy fared well against the rest of the Patriot League schools in the field. The Mids placed ahead of American (3rd), Bucknell (5th), Colgate (6th) and Holy Cross (7th).
Navy was selected to win a fifth consecutive Patriot League title in the league's preseason poll and the team is currently ranked fifth in the USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Region rankings.
The Mids will next compete at the Harry Groves Invitational next Saturday. Penn State is hosting the meet at the same course where the 2012 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship will be held in November.