American's John Pope
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Patriot League cross country teams are off and running for the 2012 season, and a potential preview of the October League Championship showed that the title will be up for grabs this year.
Five League squads competed at Colgate's Harry Lang Invitational on Saturday, run on the course that will hold the 2012 Patriot League Cross Country Championships on Oct. 27. The Navy, the preseason Patriot League favorite, came in second place to edge out American (3rd) on the men's side, with Bucknell (5th), Colgate (6th) and Holy Cross (7th) close behind. In the women's race, the preseason favorite did not place first among League squads as Bucknell (2nd) just finished ahead of Navy (3rd). Colgate (5th), Holy Cross (6th) and American (7th) were not far behind the Bison and Mids.
While highly-ranked Syracuse teams won both the men and women's races, the Patriot League produced the individual champion on each side. American's John Pope crossed the line in 20:03.00 to win the men's race, with Navy's Annie-Norah Beveridge claiming the women's title in 15:51.
Pope and Beveridge claimed the first Patriot League Runner of the Week awards, with Navy's Steve Schroeder and Colgate's Olivia Brackett winning the respective Rookie of the Week honors for finishing as the top Patriot League freshmen in the race.
PATRIOT LEAGUE CROSS COUNTRY WEEKLY AWARDS
M-F ATHLETIC MALE RUNNER OF THE WEEK
JOHN POPE, AMERICAN Jr., Carlisle, Pa.
Pope earned his first collegiate victory at Colgate's Harry Lang Invitational on Saturday, winning the event that included five Patriot League schools with a time of 20:03.00. He helped American to a third-place finish in the 11-team field. The 2011 second-team All-Patriot League honoree wins his first M-F Athletic Male Runner of the Week award.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE RUNNER OF THE WEEK
ANNIE-NORAH BEVERIDGE, NAVY So., Ann Arbor, Mich.
Beveridge took first place at Colgate's Harry Lang Invitational on Saturday, besting the field of 104 runners by 11 seconds. She led the entire 4,200-meter race and her time of 15:51.00 was the second-fastest ever run on the course. Beveridge helped Navy to a third-place finish in the 11-team field. The 2011 Patriot League Rookie of the Year receives her first M-F Athletic Female Runner of the Week award.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
STEVE SCHROEDER, NAVY Fr., Monticello, Ill.
Schroeder turned in a strong performance in his first collegiate race, placing 21st in a time of 20:51.00 to help Navy place second to No. 12 Syracuse at Colgate's Harry Lang Invitational on Saturday. The Mids placed ahead of the other four Patriot League schools in the field, with Schroeder finishing 27 seconds ahead of the next-closest freshman from a League competitor. Schroeder wins his first M-F Athletic Male Rookie of the Week award.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
OLIVIA BRACKETT, COLGATE Fr., Weston, Mass.
In a race where five Patriot League freshmen placed in the top 16, Brackett emerged as the top of the group at her home course by placing seventh in a time of 16:15.00 at the Harry Lang Invitational on Saturday. She was the third Patriot League finisher overall in a field that included five teams from the League. Brackett helped Colgate to a fifth-place finish in the 11-team field in her collegiate debut. She is named M-F Athletic Female Rookie of the Week for the first time.
LISA JUNTA, ARMY So., Springfield, Va.
Junta came in first place out of 60 runners at the Army Open, finishing the approximately 5,300-meter course in 19:06.30 to claim the top spot by over a minute.
LINDSAY GABOW, ARMY Fr., Pelham, N.Y.
Gabow came in second behind Junta at the Army Open, finishing in a time of 20:07.10 to end up as the only freshman in the top-seven finishers at her first collegiate meet.
TYLER MUELLER, LEHIGH Jr., Pottstown, Pa.
Mueller led Lehigh to a team victory at its own invitational on Friday by also claiming the individual crown, finishing the 6K race in a time of 18:24.70 to become the third straight Mountain Hawk to win the race.
Patriot League Notebook
The Top Five
*American's John Pope recorded his first career win at the Harry Lang Invitational
*Navy's Annie-Norah Beveridge ran the second-fastest time on the Colgate women's cross country course to win the individual crown in the same event.
*Lehigh's Tyler Mueller, Army's Lisa Junta and Bucknell's Glen Williams each won individual titles on their home course on Friday.
*The Lehigh men claimed first place at their host invitational.
*Four Patriot League teams will be in action for the upcoming weekend.
In the Winners Circle
Five Patriot League runners crossed the finish line first on the opening weekend of the 2012 season. Pope and Beveridge took individual honors in crowded fields at the Harry Lang Invitational. Army's Lisa Junta finished in first place by more than a minute at the Army Open with a time of 19:06.30, while Lehigh's Tyler Mueller led his team to a victory by claiming individual honors at the Lehigh Invitational in 18:24.70 and Bucknell's Glenn Williams claimed his first victory with a time of 15:09.00 at the Bison Open.
A Look Ahead
After an opening weekend where every team competed, only four squads will hit the course on Friday and Saturday. Army runs at the Cornell/Binghamton Tri-Meet on Friday, while on Saturday Holy Cross is at the Nassaney Invitational, Navy heads to the Harry Groves Invitational and Bucknell runs at the University of Detroit Mercy Invitational.
Navy Picked to Sweep Patriot League Cross Country Titles Again
After winning both the men and women's titles at the 2011 Patriot League Cross Country Championships, Navy has been predicted to do the same in 2012 as coaches and sports information directors put the Mids at the top of both the men and women's preseason polls on Thursday.
The Navy men, who have won four straight Patriot League titles, were the first-place pick of 13 voters and garnered 97 points overall to take the top spot in the poll. American was next with 84 points and a pair of first-place votes, with Lehigh picking up the remaining first-place projection and taking home 71 points. Army (64), Bucknell (53), Colgate (39), Lafayette (23) and Holy Cross (17) completed the rankings on the men's side.
The Navy women had just two fewer points than the men in taking first place in the preseason poll. Navy, which has won three titles in the past five seasons, took home 11 first-place votes and 95 points to claim the top spot. Bucknell, which narrowly fell to the Mids at last year's championship and has placed first or second for seven consecutive years, came next with 82 points and three first-place votes. Army picked up the remaining two first-place votes and accrued 71 points overall, and was followed in order by Colgate (58), Lehigh (57) and American (39), with Holy Cross and Lafayette tying for seventh with 23 points.
The 2012 Patriot League Cross Country Championships will be contested at Colgate University's Harry H. Lang Course on Oct. 27 beginning at 11 a.m.
For more, including the Patriot League composite schedule, team information pages and 2012 record book and championship page, visit Patriot League Cross Country Central