Sept. 15, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
With six runners placing in the top-11, the men's cross country team won the Navy Invitational on Saturday morning under near perfect conditions at the U.S.N.A. Golf Club. The Midshipmen topped the seven-team field with a score of 34 points, while American, which had four runners in the top-12, placed second with 43 points. Malone was third with 76 points.
American's Mark Allen (24:42) and John Pope (24:50) were the first two runners to complete the 8k course, followed by Navy's top finisher John Sweeney (25:00). After Malone's Andrew Trusty (25:04) and American's Mark Leininger (25:06.43) crossed in the fourth and fifth positions, respectively, the Mids came on strong as they claimed five of the next six spots.
Captain Kyle Satterwhite led the pack as he finished a touch behind Leininger with a time of 25:06.62 to take sixth place. Chris Galvin and Sean Rynning were next with times of 25:09 and 25:13, respectively.
After Max Robinson of Johns Hopkins took the ninth spot, C.J. Elward and Steve Schroeder sealed the title for Navy as they finished one second apart in 10th and 11th place, respectively. Elward posted a time of 25:23 and Schroeder a 25:24.
It was Navy's solid packing up front for the entire race that allowed them to take home the title.
"Our strength is our depth," said Navy head coach Al Cantello.
With Kyle Davis (25:43) and Ryan Kelley (25:48) taking the 14th and 15th spots, Navy finished with eight runners in the top-15.
Saturday's Navy Invitational title was the Mids' seventh in the past 13 years. Prior to Saturday, the Midshipmen last won the team title in 2010.
By finishing in third place, Sweeney has now placed in the top-15 of all three meets so far this season. Galvin's seventh-place finish was his second of the season as he also took the same spot in the season-opening Harry Lang Invite.
Navy will be off next weekend and will return to action at the Notre Dame Invitational on Sept. 28 in South Bend, Ind.