Men's Cross Country Comes Up Just Short at Patriot League Championship
John Sweeney placed sixth at the conference championship.
Oct. 27, 2012
HAMILTON, N.Y. - The Navy men's cross country team's bid for another Patriot League title fell just short on Saturday in Hamilton, N.Y., as Lehigh topped Navy, 54-56, to claim the championship. Lehigh's top-five runners finished in fourth, fifth, seventh, 12th and 26th places, while Navy claimed the sixth, eighth, 10th, 15th and 17th spots. The second-place finish for Navy ends its four-year run as defending conference champions.
American placed third with 74 points and Army fourth with 83.
"You have to take your hat off to Lehigh," said Navy head coach Al Cantello.
John Sweeney led all Mids with a sixth-place finish, clocking a 25:46 on Colgate's 8k Harry Lang Cross Country Course. Chris Galvin followed in eighth with a time of 25:51 and Robert Patterson placed 10th with a 25:55.
By placing in the top-seven, Sweeney earned All-Patriot League first-team honors, while Galvin and Patterson both garnered all-conference second-team accolades. It marks the second straight season Patterson has earned second-team All-Patriot League honors.
Navy's Steve Schroeder earned Patriot League Rookie of the Year honors as he placed 18th and was the top-finishing freshman at the meet.
Colgate's Christopher Johnson took the individual title with a time of 25:11, which was 0:17 ahead of second-place finisher Mark Allen of American.
Navy will return to action on Nov. 9 when it travels to University Park, Pa., for the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship. The top-two teams at the regional championship will advance to the NCAA Championship.