Nov. 2, 2013
EASTON, Pa. - The Navy men's cross country team used the perfect packing method to capture their fifth overall Patriot League Championship on Saturday in Easton, Pa. The Mids tallied their fifth title in six years.
"It was a victory that was won with "esprit di corps"," said Patriot League Coach of the Year, Al Cantello. "This is the only sport that I know of that everybody does the same thing. You have different events in swimming, different positions in different sports. We lost our number one guy (Steve Schroeder) in the race and still the team pulled together and beat some good teams."
Navy packed perfectly, having four of the five scoring runners cross the tape within nine seconds of one another. Sean Rynning paced the Mids with an eighth-place finishing time of 25:31.50. Sam Peckham (25:35.70), Zach Hebda (25:38.76) and Kyle Davis (25:40.68) followed teammate Rynning with ninth, 12th and 13th place finishes, respectively. Justin Maguire rounded out Navy's fifth and final scoring runner with a 19th-place finishing time of 25:54.37.
Navy finished the championship meet with 61 total points, having edged out second-place Lehigh (63) and third-place American (66) by two and five points, respectively. Archrival Army placed fourth with 72 points and newcomer Boston University rounded out the top-five with 112 points. Bucknell (143), Holy Cross (230), Colgate (249), Loyola (Md.) (279) and Lafayette (283) completed the field of 10 programs in order.
Lehigh's Tyler Mueller was the Patriot League Runner of the Year, finishing first in the championship meet with a finishing time of 24:22.03. American's Brendan Johnson was the League's Rookie of the Year, having finished first among freshmen with a time of 25:36.81.
Navy will have two weeks to prepare for the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships on Nov. 15 in Bethlehem, Pa. The Mids ran the Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, Pa. earlier in the season, placing eighth of 47 in a slew of top competition.