Sept. 10, 2012
Patriot League Cross Country Central
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - It was a light week for Patriot League cross country, but that did not stop more individual winners from emerging early in the 2012 season.
Bucknell swept the team titles at the Detroit Titan Invitational, and Bison runners also captured each of the individual crowns. Sophomore John Dugan finished first in the men's four-mile race in a time of 20:31, while senior Caroline Tolli won the women's 5K with a time of 18:27. The victory was a career first for each runner.
Dugan and Tolli each won Patriot League weekly awards on Monday for their performances, while Bucknell freshman Allison Billas was also honored. Navy's Steve Schroeder completed the honorees with his second straight Patriot League M-F Athletic Rookie of the Week award.
PATRIOT LEAGUE CROSS COUNTRY WEEKLY AWARDS
M-F ATHLETIC MALE RUNNER OF THE WEEK
JOHN DUGAN, BUCKNELL So., Ramsey, N.J.
Dugan earned his first collegiate victory by finishing in first place in a field of 106 runners at the Detroit Titan Invitational on Saturday. He ran the 4-mile race in a time of 20:31, topping the second-place finisher by 11 seconds. Dugan also helped Bucknell to first place in the eight-team field. The 2011 Patriot League Rookie of the Year is named M-F Athletic Male Runner of the Week for the first time.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE RUNNER OF THE WEEK
CAROLINE TOLLI, BUCKNELL Sr. Lockport, N.Y.
Tolli finished in first place in a field of 97 runners at the Detroit Titan Invitational on Saturday. She finished the 5K race in 18:27 for her first career victory, which also helped give Bucknell the title in the eight-team field. Tolli bested the second-place finisher by 23 seconds as she led the Bison for the second time in as many meets this season. Tolli is named M-F Athletic Female Runner of the Week for the first time.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
STEVE SCHROEDER, NAVY Fr., Monticello, Ill.
Schroeder repeats as the M-F Athletic Male Rookie of the Week for his showing at the Harry Groves Invitational on Saturday. He finished 30th in the 5.2-mile race with a time of 27:02, making him the third-highest freshman in the meet.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ALLISON BILLAS, BUCKNELL Fr., Danville, Pa.
Billas was the top freshman finisher at the Detroit Titan Invitational as she completed the 5K race in a time of 19:03. She was the fourth finisher for the Bison, placing in the team's top four in each of her first two collegiate races. Billas wins her first M-F Athletic Female Rookie of the Week award.
BRIGID BYRNE, NAVY Sr., Vienna, Va.
Byrne placed seventh overall at the Harry Groves Invitational with a time of 21:47 in her first meet of the season. She helped Navy to a third-place finish in the 10-team field.
ROBERT PATTERSON, NAVY Jr., Owings, Md.
Patterson finished ninth at the Harry Groves Invitational, completing the 5.2-mile race with a time of 26:29 for his second top-10 finish of the year.
Patriot League Notebook
The Top Five
*Three Patriot League teams have won event titles this year, with the Lehigh men doing it at the Lehigh Invitational last week in addition to Bucknell men and women on Saturday.
*Navy turned in a strong showing at the Harry Groves Invitational, placing fourth of nine teams on the men's side and third of 10 in the women's race.
*Seven Patriot Leaguers have won individual titles this year.
*Three come from Bucknell, while Lehigh, American, Navy and Army also boast individual winners in 2012.
*Six teams will compete this weekend, including Lafayette at Lehigh in a dual meet on Friday and American joining the host at the Navy Invitational on Saturday.
In the Winners Circle
With the wins by Dugan and Tolli on Saturday, seven different Patriot League runners have already captured an individual title this season. Four are on the men's side, with American's John Pope (Harry Lang Invitational), Lehigh's Tyler Mueller (Lehigh Invitational) and Bucknell's Glenn Williams (Bison Open) in addition to Dugan. Among the women, Navy's Annie-Norah Beveridge (Harry Lang Invitational) and Army's Lisa Junta (Army Open) have won individual titles along with Tolli.
A Look Ahead
Six teams will compete this weekend, with a pair of events featuring multiple Patriot League teams. Lafayette will visit Lehigh in a men and women's dual race on Friday, while American joins the host at the Navy Invitational on Saturday. In addition, Holy Cross is at the National Catholic Championship on Friday and UMass Dartmouth Invitational on Saturday and Army heads to the Iona Meet of Champions on Saturday.
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