July 23, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy men’s cross country team has announced its 2014 schedule, featuring two home meets at the USNA Cross Country Course. The Midshipmen will compete in six meets prior to the Patriot League Championship on Nov. 1.
Navy opens its 2014 slate at historic Van Cortland Park for the Fordham Fiasco on Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. The Mids will compete for the third time in four seasons in Bronx, New York, as they finished first out of seven teams last season.
On Sept. 13, the Midshipmen will host the annual Navy Invitational. This will mark the 18th time in program history and 16th consecutive year that the Mids will host an individual scoring meet on their home course. Navy finished second out of nine teams last year and placed three runners in the top five.
Navy then travels to the west coast to compete against Gonzaga in a dual meet on Sept. 20 at 1:45 p.m. (ET) in Spokane, Washington.
Following a week off after their dual meet with Gonzaga, the Midshipmen return east to compete in the annual Paul Short Invitational, hosted by Lehigh University, on Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. One of the more prominent meets of the season, the Paul Short Invite normally draws in some of the nation’s best programs, including a handful from the Mid-Atlantic region. Navy placed eighth out of 47 teams last year and saw rising junior Steve Schroeder finish 14th out of 395 runners.
Navy then hosts the annual Star Meet against archrival Army on Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. Since 1968, head coach Al Cantello holds a 35-10-1 record against the Black Knights. Army however narrowly defeated Navy, 26-29, in West Point, New York last season. The Midshipmen are 3-1 against the Black Knights in Annapolis since 2005.
Lehigh will host the 2014 Patriot League Championship on Nov. 1. Navy will aim for its fifth title in the past seven seasons.
The Midshipmen will head to State College, Pennsylvania on Nov. 15 for the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships. The top two teams at the regional championship will each earn one of 18 automatic bids to the NCAA Championship held on Nov. 22 in Terre Haute, Ind.