Men's Cross Country Prepares for Patriot League Championship
Nov. 1, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Navy men’s cross country shoot for their fifth Patriot League Championship Title, since 2003, on Saturday, Nov. 2 in Easton, Pa. The meet will start at 11 a.m.
The Midshipmen are looking to join American (2002-07) as the only other program to win five Patriot League titles. Navy had a chance to become the second team in League history to win five consecutive titles, but fell three points short to Lehigh (54-56) last season.
Last Time at the Patriot League Championship
Despite the top-three spots taken by three different schools and Lehigh and Navy not being one of them, the Mids and Mountain Hawks were separated by two points for first and season. Lehigh edged out Navy, 54-56, in the 2012 League Championship. Both teams finished with three of the top-10 finishers and of those six top-10 finishes between Lehigh and Navy, the Mids’ Christopher Galvin is the only runner to have graduated.
Navy Against The Field
Navy competed against Patriot League teams in trio of meets this season. Excluding the Army-Navy dual, below is a meet-by-meet breakdown of how Navy fared against fellow opponents from the conference.
Navy Invite (Sept. 14) - 2. Navy (37), 3. American (83), 7. Loyola (Md.) (194)
Iona Meet of Champions (Sept. 21) - 3. Navy (103), 5. Army (117)
Paul Shorts Run (Oct. 5) – 8. Navy (330), 14. Army (487), 20. American (594), 24. Lehigh (698)
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. 21, Navy dropped one spot to sixth. The Mids were previously ranked as high as fifth in the 15-team poll. Fellow Patriot League teams Lehigh, American and Bucknell are ranked eighth, 11th and 15th in the region, respectively.
Navy will compete at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships on Nov. 15 in Bethlehem, Pa.