Marshall Beatty represented the Army West Point Men's Cross Country team at the 2021 NCAA Cross Country Championships yesterday afternoon. The cows appearance marks the fourth time in the past five years that the Patriot League has been represented at the championships.
“It was really tough, and I can't wait to come back next year,” said Beatty. “I learned you have to stay focused, and you have to train really hard, and it is much easier to have your team with you than to run by yourself.”
In his first NCAA appearance, Beatty finished 159th overall with a time of 32:19.6 alongside sophomores Peter Morris of the University of Virginia and Quinn Nicholson of Georgetown University.
“Marshall competed well today,” said head coach Mike Smith. “The one thing that is universally true about the NCAA cross country meet is that everyone in the race is good. No matter what your regular season results have been you have to be on your game at this meet or you will get pushed far back pretty quickly. The race went out very fast and Marshall measured it early but was unable to move as far up as he wanted to. He fought hard and now has the realization that he has to get better if he wants to have a higher finish at this race. He has the tools to do well here and now I think he has the experience he needs to prepare to come back again in a year.”
Army will continue into their outdoor track and field season in the coming weeks. The Black Knights are set to host Monmouth University this Saturday, March 20 at Shea Stadium.