Men's Cross Country Competes in Strong Field at the Notre Dame Invite
Robert Patterson turned in a time of 25:01 at the Notre Dame Invitational.
Sept. 28, 2012
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Navy men's cross country team took on a host of national powerhouse programs in the 57th-annual Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind., on Friday. The 20-team field featured 10 programs ranked in the latest national top-30 poll and it was No. 20 Tulsa that came out on top by placing four runners in the top-15. Navy finished in 17th place with a team score of 415, ahead of Liberty, No. 19 Michigan and Mississippi State.
"We were shooting to be in the top-15," said Navy head coach Al Cantello. "It was an intersectional field and given hindsight, we would have come back. We'll run faster in the next meet as a result of today."
Senior Chris Galvin led all Navy finishers in the 5-mile race as he turned in a time of 24:27 to place 42nd. It marked the second time this season that Galvin was Navy's top finisher. Sophomore John Sweeney followed in 76th place with a time of 24:45.
Tulsa's Chris O'Hare topped the field of 163 participants with a time of 23:33.
The Midshipmen will be off next weekend before returning to Annapolis to face Army in the annual Star Meet on Oct. 13.