Beatty leads Black Knights to second-place finish

October 1st, 2020 | Army and Community Sports, Sports
The Army West Point men’s cross country team finished second at the Three Team Battle in Beantown at Coogan Course Friday at Highland Park in Attleboro, Mass. The Black Knights were led by junior Marshall Beatty (above) who finished third with a time of 24:43. Photo by Army Athletic Communications

By Nick Lovera
Army Athletic Communications

The Army West Point men’s cross country team finished second at the Three Team Battle in Beantown at Coogan Course Friday at Highland Park in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Army finished with a team score of 38 points, with Syracuse posting a score of 18 to claim their second consecutive meet victory. Meet host Boston College placed third with a score of 80.
The Black Knights were led by junior Marshall Beatty who finished third with a time of 24:43. Beatty is one of two former Patriot League Rookie of the Year winners to place in the top 10 on Friday, as sophomore Garrett Gough finished ninth at 25:31.
Syracuse redshirt senior JP Trojan finished first to claim his second win in two races since joining the Orange from William & Mary. Trojan (24:41) and teammate Joe Dragon (24:42) narrowly edged Beatty to give the Orange a one-two finish in the race.
“They had a big pack of five guys and I was hoping if I strung them out at the end that some of the guys would fall off and our guys would pick up some spots,” Beatty said. “The guys up front hung on pretty well and it ended up being me fighting with their third and fourth guy. I was a little bit off from the top two, but I am happy how things turned out.”
Army now turns its attention to service academy rival Navy and the Army-Navy Star Meet which will take place on Oct. 17 in Annapolis.
Unlike his first two Star Meets as a Black Knight, Beatty enters this one as an upperclassmen in a leadership position on the team, something he is excited to take on.
“It’s been interesting to move into that role for sure,“ Beatty said. “We had some great mentors here during my first two years and they taught me a lot. Our younger guys have been wiling to step up and learn and that is a big key for us moving forward. Now we move on to Navy and I know we are more than capable of getting the win. We are very confident.”