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Men's Cross Country Hosts Navy Invitational on Saturday

Robert Patterson was Navy's top finisher last weekend.

Sept. 13, 2012

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men's cross country team will compete in the first of two home events this Saturday at the U.S.N.A. Golf Club as it hosts the annual Navy Invitational. The seven-team invite is slated to begin at 11 a.m. with the junior varsity race occurring beforehand at 10:30 a.m.

Spectator parking will be available off Greenbury Point Rd. at the golf course and there will be attendants on hand to direct traffic. Fans are encouraged to arrive early.

United States Olympian Matt Centrowicz, who placed fourth in the 1,500-meter race at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games, will be on hand as the honorary starter.

About the Navy Invitational
The Midshipmen will join six other schools at this year's annual Navy Invitational. Navy will welcome American, George Washington, Johns Hopkins, Loyola, Malone University and UMBC.

This will be the 16th time in program history, and 14th consecutive year, that Navy will host an individual scoring meet on its home course. The Midshipmen have won six of the previous 12 meets as their last team title came in 2010. Last year, No. 28 Eastern Kentucky took home the Navy Invitational title. The Mids have finished first or second in the event in each of the last seven seasons.

Navy in the USTFCCCA Regional Rankings
After competing against some of the top teams in the region last weekend, Navy is now ranked sixth in the most recent United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Mid-Atlantic Region Poll. Princeton, Georgetown, Villanova, Penn State and LaSalle are ranked 1-5, respectively.

The Last Time Out
Navy finished fourth at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational last Saturday in University Park, Pa. Princeton, now ranked No. 15 in the nation, won the meet with 25 points, and 16th-ranked Georgetown took second with a total of 58. Host Penn State was third with 78 points.

Junior Robert Patterson led Navy with a ninth-place finish.



Schroeder Making an Early Impact
Freshman Steve Schroeder was named the M-F Athletic Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the second time in as many weeks. Schroeder has been Navy's top plebe in both meets this season and in his last outing at the Harry Groves Invitational, he placed 30th and was the third-highest finishing freshman in the meet.

Up Next
Navy will be off next weekend before returning to run at the Notre Dame Invitational on Sept. 28 in South Bend, Ind.

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