Oct. 12, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy men's cross country team will renew its rivalry with Army this weekend as the two teams will clash in the annual Star Meet on Saturday at 11 a.m. in Annapolis. The dual will take place at the Naval Academy Golf Club.
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.
The Midshipmen have captured 12 of the last 15 Stars and are 46-28-1 (.620) all-time against Army. In his 45 seasons as cross country head coach, Al Cantello has 33 career Star Meet victories.
Last season at West Point, the Mids defeated Army, 19-37, taking five of the top-seven spots.
In winning five of the last six duals with Army, Navy's average margin of victory has been 16.8 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 0-2-1.
The Last Time Out
Competing with a host of national powerhouse programs at the Notre Dame Invitational, Navy placed 17th in a field that included 10 teams ranked in the national top-30 poll. Senior Chris Galvin led all Navy runners across the finish line for the second time this year as he posted a time of 24:47 on the 5-mile course to take 42nd place.
Quoting the Coach
Navy head coach Al Cantello on this weekend's Star Meet...
"This meet is anachronism, but in this culture it remains sacrosanct."
Navy and USTFCCCA Rankings
In the most recent United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Mid-Atlantic regional rankings, which were released on Oct. 1, Navy is ranked ninth. The Mids were previously ranked as high as sixth in the 15-team poll.
Running Against the Best
True to form, the Midshipmen haven't shied away from tough competition this season. Navy has competed with at least one nationally ranked opponent in three of its four meets this season, including the Harry Lang, Harry Groves and Notre Dame Invites. The Notre Dame Invitational featured the highest amount of ranked teams with 10.
The Mids have had three runners that have been a part of the team's top five in all four races this season, including seniors Kyle Satterwhite
and Chris Galvin and sophomore John Sweeney
. Galvin has been Navy's top placer on two occasions as he was the first Mid to cross the finish line at the Harry Lang Invitational and Notre Dame Invitational.
Navy will be off next weekend in preparation for the Patriot League Championships, which will take place on Oct. 27 in Hamilton, N.Y.