Oct. 31, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Traveling to Bethlehem, Pa., the Army women’s cross country team will compete for its first Patriot League title since 2004.
The Black Knights are coming off of two weeks of rest with their last competition coming on Oct. 18 when they dropped a close dual meet with service academy rival Navy, 26-29.
The Black Knights have claimed five titles, with four straight coming from 1994-97. They have finished in the top five in each championship race.
“I think our women raced well at the Paul Short meet and that was without Madison Hill, and she should be with us this weekend,” said head coach Mike Smith. “She should provide us an even better opportunity to be competitive against the best teams in the conference. I don’t know that there is a clear favorite, I think looking at the other teams and their personnel that we are competitive. We have good bodies, we just have to get them to click on Saturday. If they click then we’ll be very competitive.”
The Black Knights have faced only a handful of Patriot League teams this season, including Navy and Lehigh. The team fell to the Midshipmen 26-29 in the annual Star Meet, and squared off against Lehigh at the Paul Short Run.
“I hesitate to predict because it’s impossible, but I know that we’ve been on that course and we ran reasonably well the last time we were on that course so if we duplicate what we’ve already done before and we add in Madison Hill, we should be pretty competitive,” added Smith. “I’m feeling good about where they are psychologically and emotionally, so it’s something that we’re looking forward to. It will be fun to watch them put their fitness to the test.”
Two of the team’s top three runners from 2013 will compete for this year’s title. Hill finished first for the Black Knights last season, taking 12th overall. Lindsay Gabow was Army’s No. 2 runner, claiming 19th place.