Men’s Cross Country Faces Off with Army in 80th Star Meet
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy men’s cross country team will go head-to-head with the Army Black Knights this Saturday morning at the 80th Star Meet at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. Saturday’s race, which is part of the 2017-18 Star Series presented by USAA, is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m.
The Mids have won the last three Star meets and seven of the last eight to push Navy ahead 49-29-1 all-time in series. Under the leadership of head coach Al Cantello, the Mids are 37-10-1. In addition to his 37 wins with the cross country program, Cantello accrued 12 as the head coach of the Navy indoor and outdoor track & field teams between 1981 and 1988. A win on Saturday would make him the first coach in Navy history to accumulate 50 Star victories.
Last year in Annapolis, the Mids swept the competition with a perfect score of 15; the final decision was 15-42. Lucas Stalnaker (’17) led Navy’s effort with a course-record time of 23:39.39. Ryan McCoy (’17) finished runner-up, ahead of this season’s top returner, Jake Brophy at 24:01.97. Current team captain Cory Donley finished fourth with a 24:08.19 time. Two more returning runners, Gabriel Collison (24:32.27) and Kevin Murray (24:38.36) ranked eighth and ninth, respectively.
Through five meets in 2017, Navy has earned three team victories, in addition to a sixth-place finish at the Roy Griak Invitational and a fifth at the Paul Short Run. In Bethlehem, Pa., two weeks ago at the Paul Short, Navy raced alongside Army and outpointed the Black Knights, 193-284. Navy finished with four runners in the top-35, while the Black Knights responded with just one top-35 result.
In this week’s USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Regional Poll, the Mids are ranked third. Navy trails just Georgetown and Penn in the ranking. On the opposite side of this Saturday’s matchup, Army ranks fifth in the Northeast Regional Poll.