– The Temple University
men's cross country squad travels to compete in the Army West Point Open this Friday, September 14th. The meet will be held at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., and will have the men racing 7,600 meters at 10:40 a.m.
From the Coach
> "This is a new meet we just added to our schedule this year and I know the guys are excited about competing against one of the premier cross country programs in the northeast," noted head coach James Snyder
. "Army has received votes in the latest USTFCCCA National Polls and are coming off a breakthrough season where they narrowly missed qualifying for the NCAA Championships after a 3rd place finish in the northeast region."
> Snyder spoke on the diligent training the Owls have endured to prepare them for their challenging schedule. "As our team continues to grow and improve, it is imperative that we elevate the level of competition on a meet to meet basis. Our men are training at a very high level at the moment and this race should give us a much better indication of the progress we've made as a program since last fall."
Last Time Out
> The Owls head to the Army West Point Open coming off a dominating season-opening performance at the Temple Invitational. Despite dismal weather conditions, the Owls conquered the challenging 8,000-meter course at Belmont Plateau, finishing first overall.
> Senior Louis Corgliano
won the hilly race at Belmont with a time of 26:56.9. This was the first official cross country race for the University of Maryland transfer, after boasting All-Big10 honors for the Terrapins' track and field squad.
> Temple also dominated well beyond Corgliano, as he led a phenomenal pack that showed nine out of the top 10 runners in Cherry and White.
> Senior Tyji Mays
had an impressive performance at the home meet, finishing third with a time of 27:19.8. Trailing him in this team-driven pack were juniors David Fitzgerald
, Kevin Lapsansky
and Zach Seiger
, all finishing within six seconds of one another.
> Two sophomores crossed next, as Kristian Jenson and Anton Harrsen
showed ample teamwork, finishing in 27:26.3 and 27:26.8 respectfully. Fellow sophomore Noah Curtin
had a breakout race, notching the second best run of his career and crossing the finish line ninth with a time of 27:39.5.
About the Army West Point Open
> Army West Point held their home event for the first time in 2007, and has continued the tradition for all but two of the last dozen years. The meet was originally raced at the West Point Golf Course for the first eight years, until switching locations to Bowdoin Park in 2017.
> Bowdoin Park is a 301 acre park located on the banks of the Hudson River. It features a 600 meter starting area, challenging hills and wide trails, and became the home to Army Cross Country in 2017.
> The six teams scheduled to compete in the 2018 Army West Point Open are Army West Point, George Washington, Marist, Manhattan, St. Bonaventure, and Temple.