Sept. 27, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy men's cross country team will face its biggest test of the season to date when it competes in the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday in South Bend, Ind. The 57th annual invite will take place at 5 p.m. at the Notre Dame Golf Course.
About the Notre Dame Invitational
The Notre Dame Invitational annually features some of the nation's top programs and this year is no different as 11 of the competing teams are ranked in the most recent United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national poll. The 11 nationally-ranked teams that will compete in Friday's five-mile race include: No. 10 Florida State, No. 11 North Carolina State, No. 14 Texas A&M, No. 17 Princeton, No. 20 Tulsa, No. 21 New Mexico, No. 24 Notre Dame, No. 25 Eastern Kentucky, No. 26 Michigan, No. 28 Columbia and No. 29 Washington State. Alabama, Butler, Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Indiana State, Liberty, McNeese State, Mississippi State, North Carolina and Ohio State complete the field.
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Navy at the Notre Dame Invitational
The Midshipmen are making their fourth trip to the Notre Dame Invitational and first since 2008. The Mids' best finish at the event came in 2005 when they placed 14th.
The Last Time Out
Navy in the USTFCCCA Regional Rankings
The Mids' John Sweeney (third), Kyle Satterwhite (sixth), Chris Galvin (seventh), Sean Rynning (eighth), C.J. Elward (10th) and Steve Schroeder (11th) all placed in the top-11 as Navy won its home invitational on Sept. 15 in Annapolis. The Midshipmen topped the seven-team field with a score of 34 points, while American, which had four runners in the top-12, placed second with 43 points.
For the third consecutive week, Navy is ranked sixth in the 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.
This year's NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship will take place on Nov. 9 in University Park, Pa.
The Midshipmen will be off next weekend before returning to action on Oct. 13 when they host Army in the Star Meet.