Sept. 14, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – On a beautiful Saturday morning, Navy sophomore Steve Schroeder led the entire race to grab his second career individual title, in as many meets, at the Navy Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 14. The Navy men’s cross country squad finished second overall behind Georgetown.
“We are riddled with injuries, which included captain Robert Patterson not running today,” said head coach Al Cantello. “Our depth kept us in the race.”
Schroeder paced the entire 75-runner meet with a finishing time of 23:55.69. His finishing time was the fourth fastest time on the USNA Cross Country Course.
“Steve Schroeder is a force to be reckon with,” Cantello firmly stated. “He will make all of the former Navy runners trivia questions.”
Georgetown’s Brian King and Andrew Springer crossed the finish line 13 and 15 seconds behind Schroeder for second and third place. Then Navy’s John Sweeney and Sean Rynning rounded out the top five.
The Hoyas finished first in the invitational, placing six runners in the top-10 for a team total of 26. Navy was right behind Georgetown, having tallied three runners in the top-5, but finished nine points shy. The Midshipmen have placed first or second in the last nine Navy Invitationals. American, UMBC and Howard, in that order, rounded out the top five of the nine total teams. George Washington, Loyola (Md.), Catholic and Bowie State completed the nine-team meet.
The Midshipmen travel back to Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, N.Y. for the Iona Meet of Champions on Saturday, Sept. 21. Navy will compete with top talent that includes Alabama, Indiana, Army, Brown, Harvard, Yale and Cincinnati.