Patriot League Cross Country Release (9.12.11)

Navy's Cody Rome

Sept. 12, 2011

Patriot League Cross Country Weekly Release (9.12.11) Get Acrobat Reader

Center Valley, Pa. — There wasn’t a great deal of action over the weekend with only three Patriot League teams competing, but Navy still shined against challenging competition.

The Navy men’s team finished second at the Fordham Fiasco Invitational with the Mid-Atlantic Region’s top team, Princeton, finishing first. The Mids’ Cody Rome placed third behind two Princeton runners and ahead of two more Tigers who finished in the top 10. Rome’s time of 25:44 in the 8K helped the Mids edge out Penn, ranked sixth in the Mid-Atlantic heading into the weekend, and Yale, ranked 12th in the Northeast. For his performance, Rome was named the Patriot League Male Runner of the Week for the first time in his career.

Navy’s Jess Palacio earned her second Female Runner of the Week and fourth overall this week after her first-place finish at the JMU Open Invitational. She finished the 5.2K in 19:06.4, helping the Mids place first.

Navy capped its sweep of the weekly awards with freshman Annie-Norah Beveridge being named the Female Rookie of the Week. She placed fourth at the JMU Open Invitational with a time of 19:27.8 in the 5.2K.

All eight schools will be in action this weekend with several events, including the IONA Meet of Champions and the Salty Dog Invitational.

Patriot League Notebook

Navy men, women lead League in Regional polls
Seven Patriot League teams, including four on the men’s side, are ranked in the top 15 in their respective regions. Navy and Lehigh are the only League teams to be ranked on both the men’s and women’s side.

Navy, the 2010 Patriot League champions, leads the men, staying at No. 5 in the Mid-Atlantic Region. American moved up to sixth and Lehigh jumped to 10th.

The Army men are ranked 15th in the Northeast Region.

Navy moved up to seventh in the women’s Mid-Atlantic Region poll, followed by Bucknell at No. 9 and Lehigh at No. 10. Colgate dropped out of the Northeast Region poll after earning a preseason ranking of No. 14.

DeRoo looking for No. 3
After two straight Patriot League Championships, Colgate senior Elise DeRoo is back for one more title. She opened the season with an individual title at the Harry Lang Invitational, posting the second-best time in the event’s history, finishing the 4,200-meter run with a time of 15:48, which was 30 seconds faster than Syracuse’s Rebekah MacKay.

She also is looking for her second straight Scholar-Athlete award in cross country and fifth total Scholar-Athlete award after having won in it twice in indoor track and field and once in outdoor track and field.

American men, women start strong
Both the American men’s and women’s cross country teams picked up 6-0 wins at the Mount St. Mary’s 5K Duals in the first week, earning victories over regional ranked teams.

Led by Mark Allen, who finished first in 15:25.60, the men’s team, ranked seventh in the Mid-Atlantic Region, collected wins over No. 5 Navy, No. 10 Maryland and No. 12 UMBC.

The unranked women’s team, led by Octavia Rinehardt’s first-place finish (19:17.71), beat Maryland, ranked 13th in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

The Eagles were idle over the weekend, but they’ll have a great test this weekend when they compete against Navy at the Salty Dog Invitational.

Navy men, Colgate women selected to repeat
The Navy men’s and Colgate women’s cross country teams have been selected to repeat as champions in 2011 Preseason Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Poll. The preseason polls are voted on by the coaches and the sports information directors.

The Navy Midshipmen, who won their third straight men’s title last season, earned 98 points and 14 first-place votes in the preseason poll. American got the other two first-place votes, finishing second with 84 points. Army followed with 75 points, and Colgate (54) edged out Lehigh (51) for fourth place. Bucknell (46), Holy Cross (25) and Lafayette (15) rounded out the poll.

The Colgate women, who won their first title last season, recorded 96 points and 12 first-place votes to top the preseason poll. Bucknell (86) and Navy (74) each received two first-place votes to finish second and third in the poll. Army was fourth with 58 points, and Lehigh (43), American (39) and Holy Cross (37) were separated by six points. Lafayette finished eighth with 15 points.

The Raiders return three of their four All-League runners from last season, including the individual champion, senior Elise DeRoo, and the individual runner-up, senior Chelsea Burns. Kendall Lyons, who placed 13th at last season’s championship, also returns.

DeRoo, who has won two straight individual titles, will look to win a third title this season when the Patriot League Championships take place Oct. 29 at Lehigh University. She also will look to return the NCAA Championships, where she finished 100th last season. DeRoo was the 2010 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year and she has won four total scholar-athlete awards in cross country and track and field.

On the men’s side, Navy loses two-time individual champion Andrew Hanko, but returns four All-League runners from last season, including three former Rookies of the Year — senior Jeremy Haney, junior Dean Black and sophomore Clay Elward.

Patriot League Cross Country Weekly Awards

Male Runner of the Week
 Sr., Eagle, Idaho
Rome finished third of out 214 at the Fordham Fiasco Invitational, helping the Mids place second out of 16 teams. The field included the Mid-Atlantic’s top team, Princeton, and the then-No. 6 team, Penn. Also included in the field was the Northeast Region’s No. 12 team, Yale. Rome ran the 8K in 25:44.

Female Runner of the Week
 Sr., Sun Valley, Nev.
Palacio placed first out of 63 runners at the JMU Open Invitational, finishing the 5.2K in 19:06.4. The senior helped Navy finish first over five teams, including James Madison, ranked fifth in Southeast Region. Palacio has won weekly awards four times in her career. This is the second straight season she has opened with back-to-back weekly awards.

Male Rookie of the Week
No Nomination

Female Rookie of the Week
 Fr., Ann Arbor, Mich.
Beveridge finished fourth out of 63 runners in a time of 19:27.8 at the JMU Open Invitational.

Honorable Mentions
 Sr., Roanoke, Va.
LeHardy placed third out of 48 runners at a tri-meet with Cornell and Binghamton, finishing the 5-mile course in 26:27.5. Army placed second at the meet.