Star Meet Awaits Women’s Cross Country
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The 2017 Army-Navy Star Meet lies ahead for the Navy women’s cross country team this Saturday morning at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. The 32nd annual meeting between the service academy rivals is set for 10:00 a.m.
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The Mids are currently on a six-meet winning streak over the Black Knights dating back to 2011. Army has defeated Navy just twice, 2009 and 2010, since 2006. All-time, the Mids lead the series 20-11. Head coach Karen Boyle has led Navy in 30 of those 31 meets with the first matchup in 1986 being the only meet in which the Mids were not coached by Boyle.
Last year’s Army-Navy meet was held in Annapolis and saw the Mids roll with a 20-42 victory. Navy used a close pack of runners to finish in positions two through seven. Erin McDonnell led that pack with a time of 23:03.71. The next five Mids, Allison Parks, Mary Cate Scully (’17), Brenna McDannold (’17), Caitlin Schmitt and Ali Valenti all finished within 30 seconds of McDonnell. Army’s next closest runner was over eight seconds off the pace of Valenti.
Navy has competed in four meets so far this fall with team victories at Mount St. Mary’s 5K Duals and Salty Dog Invitationals. The Mids have also ran at the William & Mary Collegiate and Paul Short Invitationals. At the Paul Short in Bethlehem, Pa., Navy had the opportunity to run against Army and both teams ran close to each other with the Black Knights finishing 21st and the Mids 27th. A better gauge of the two teams competitiveness was the fact that both had four runnerss amongst the top-175. Navy had the edge in higher ranking performances though with three Mids in the top-140 versus two for the Black Knights. Of note, Navy was without two of its leading runners back at that Sept. 29 meet.
In the most recent USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Regional Poll, Navy stands 12th overall, while in the Northeast Regional poll, Army comes in 14th.
Saturday’s meet will be the fourth Star competition of the 2017-18 Star Series presented by USAA. Coming into the weekend Army leads 2-0 with victories in men’s golf and sprint football. There are five Stars up for grabs between Friday and Sunday with men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country and volleyball all slated for showdowns.