Oct. 18, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Senior John Sweeney (Euclid, Ohio) and juniors Sam Peckham (Valencia, Calif.) and Steve Schroeder (Monticello, Ill.) all unofficially crossed the finish line first, with their hands held together, as they led the Navy men’s cross country team past Army, 16-47 on Saturday in the annual Star meet. Navy earned the second overall Star on the year.
“It’s a burr under our saddle every year,” Navy head coach Al Cantello said. “We are glad about our overall performance and we are going to move on to the next meet.”
Navy was in full control of the race from start to finish. As Navy passed by each mile marker, the Mids held the top three spots and never let go. Sweeney placed first, for the first time in his career, with a mark of 24:43.64. Peckham and Schroeder finished second and third, respectively, with times of 24:44.18 and 24:44.94. All three runners finished within 0:01.3 seconds of one another.
Following the top three runners, Zach Hebda (Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Lucas Stalnaker (So., Tega Cay, S.C.) rounded out Navy’s top five runners with fourth (24:54.68) and sixth-place (25:01.56) finishes respectively.
Army’s Thomas Girardot led the Black Knights with a fourth-place finish, crossing the tape at 24:56.32. Robert Barger and Matthew Bearden rounded out Army’s top three scoring runners with ninth and tenth-place finishes at 25:59.40 and 26:07.78, respectively.
Navy will have next weekend off in preparation for the Patriot League Championships, which will take place on Nov. 1 in Bethlehem, Pa.