Men's Cross Country Faces Army on Friday
Senior Ken Bunnell
Oct. 12, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men's cross country team will travel to West Point, N.Y., on Friday for the annual Star Meet against Army. The race is set for 4 p.m. at the West Point Golf Course.
The Midshipmen have captured 11 of the last 14 Stars and are 45-28-1 (.615) all-time against Army. In his 44 seasons as head coach, Al Cantello has 32 career Star Meet victories.
Last season, the Mids captured 10 of the top 12 spots and defeated the Black Knights, 20-41.
In winning four of the last five duals with Army, Navy's average margin of victory has been 16.5 points. Navy's only loss to Army during that stretch came by one point in 2008.
So far this season, Navy's all-sports record against Army is 3-1, including a 2-1 mark in Star games as the golf and men's soccer teams both defeated the Black Knights.
Navy leads the all-time series across all varsity sports, 937-712-39 (.567).
Quoting the Coach
Coach Al Cantello's take on this week's race...
"More than any other sport, a home course in cross country favors the home team. Running on a brand new course is a kvetch for us."
The Last Time Out: The Paul Short Run
In competing against some of the top teams in the nation, the Mids placed 11th out of 45 teams at the 38th annual Paul Short Run on Sept. 30. The meet featured seven nationally ranked teams as well as several top programs from the Mid-Atlantic region.
Cody Rome placed 26th in the 402-runner field to lead all Midshipmen as he navigated the 8k course in 24:51.
Navy and the USTFCCCA Rankings
In the most recent United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) regional rankings, Navy remained fifth in the Mid-Atlantic region. Princeton, Georgetown, Villanova and Penn State are ranked 1-4, respectively in the region. Princeton (No. 14), Georgetown (No. 16) and Villanova (No. 19) are also ranked nationally.
Navy is the highest ranked Patriot League team in any region.
Rome Continues to Lead the Mids
Senior Cody Rome has been Navy's most consistent runner this season as he has been the Mids' top finisher in all four meets in which he has competed.
The Eagle, Idaho native was named Patriot League Runner of the Week three consecutive times this season, becoming the seventh runner in conference history to garner the accolade three straight times.
The last conference athlete to be named Runner of the Week in three consecutive weeks was former Midshipman Andrew Hanko, who won the award four straight times last season.
Rome was also named ECAC Runner of the Week on Sept. 27.
Navy will have next weekend off, as it will prepare to defend its conference title at the Patriot League Championship on Saturday, Oct. 29.