Patriot League Cross Country Release - 9.17.13

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Navy's Annie-Norah Beveridge
Navy's Annie-Norah Beveridge

Sept. 17, 2013

Patriot League Cross Country Central | 2013 composite schedule

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Only five Patriot League schools competed over the weekend, but that didn't stop more individuals and teams from reaching the winner's circle.

Patriot League Notebook

Navy' Schroeder, Beveridge Post Victories at Home
Navy's Steve Schroeder and Annie-Norah Beveridge each won their second race of the season on Saturday, and this time they did it at home. Schroeder was victorious for the second straight week as he finished the 8K Navy Invitational with a time of 23:55.69. Beveridge set a USNA Cross Country Course record by winning the 6K Salty Dog Invitational in a time of 20:46.23. Schroeder won his second straight Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Runner of the Week award for his performance, while Beveridge set a League record with her seventh M-F Athlete Female Runner of the Week honor. They join American's Nick Regan as two-time winners early in the 2013 season. Seven other Patriot Leaguers have won a race this season, including Navy's Justin Maguire (Sea Gull Opener), Army's Kendall Ward (Army Open), Bucknell's Michael McGowan (Bison Open) and Lehigh's Ryan Mahalsky (Lehigh Invitational) on the men's side, with Army's Madison Hill (Army Open), Bucknell's Montana Dipietrantonio (Bison Open) and Lafayette's Rose Willey (Lehigh Invitational) joining Beveridge as winners of women's races.

Bucknell Men, Navy Women Earn Team Titles on Saturday
The Bucknell men and Navy women became the latest squads to post team victories. The Bison placed first at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational at Penn State, led by a second-place showing for McGowan and third-place finish for John Dugan. The Mids earned the victory at the Salty Dog Invitational in Annapolis, winning their home race for the third year in a row behind Beveridge's first-place finish. The Navy women joined their male counterparts and the American men with a pair of team titles this season. In addition to the Bucknell men, team crowns have also been won by the Lehigh men and women and American women.

Lehigh Men, Navy Women Lead Patriot League Squads in USTFCCCA Regional Rankings
After three weeks of competition the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released updated regional rankings on Monday that featured some movement for Patriot League squads. After starting the year as the third Patriot League team in the men's Mid-Atlantic Region, Lehigh moved up three spots to No. 6 as the top squad from the League. Navy remained at No. 7, while Bucknell made the biggest leap in the poll by going five spots to No. 8 and American dropped seven places to No. 11. Boston University once again received the No. 9 ranking in the Northeast Region. On the women's side, Navy held at No. 6 and Bucknell remained at No. 9 in the Mid-Atlantic Region. American entered the rankings at No. 14, taking the spot of Loyola Maryland. Boston University maintained its spot at No. 15 in the women's Northeast Region rankings. View the latest USTFCCCA Regional Rankings

Coming Up Next
Eight Patriot League teams are in action over the weekend, highlighted by Lehigh visiting Lafayette for a dual meet on Saturday morning. Army, the Navy men and the Colgate women will compete at the Iona Meet of Champions, while Holy Cross races in the National Catholic Championship on Friday and UMass-Dartmouth Invitational on Saturday. Boston University runs at the Ted Owen Invitational and the Colgate men head to Buffalo to complete the weekend action. View the entire Patriot League composite schedule

Navy Sweeps Patriot League Cross Country Polls
The Navy women were unanimously projected to win the 2013 Patriot League Cross Country Championship by their peers, while the Mids edged defending champion Lehigh on the men's side to take first place in both of the sport's preseason polls announced on Aug. 22.

Navy has won the past two and four of the last six Patriot League Women's Cross Country Championships, and its peers recognized that dominance by giving all of their 18 first-place votes to the Mids for a total of 162 points. Bucknell came in second place with 144 points and two first-place votes, as coaches and sports information directors were not permitted to vote for their own school. Rounding out the women's poll were Army (117), Boston University (116), Lehigh (101), Loyola University Maryland (76), Colgate (70), Lafayette (44), Holy Cross (42) and American (28).

The men's poll was much closer, a reflection of last year's Patriot League Championship where Lehigh edged Navy by two points to win its first title and end the Mids' four-year run at the top. The Mids took first place in the preseason poll by a two-point margin over the Mountain Hawks, 153-151, even though Lehigh had 10 first-place votes to nine for Navy. The rest of the poll went in order of American (121), Boston University (115/one first-place vote), Army (100), Bucknell (90), Colgate (59), Holy Cross (46), Loyola (Md.) (36) and Lafayette (29).

The 2013 Patriot League Cross Country Championships will be hosted by Lafayette College at Metzgar Fields Athletic Complex in Easton, Pa. on Nov. 2 beginning at 11 a.m.

Patriot League Cross Country Weekly Awards

STEVE SCHROEDER, NAVY So., Monticello, Ill.
Schroeder earns the M-F Athletic Male Runner of the Week honor for the second straight time after taking first place in the 8K Navy Invitational on Saturday with a time of 23:55.69. The meet included Georgetown and American, two teams ranked ahead of the Mids in the preseason USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Region rankings. Schroeder ran the fourth-fastest time on the USNA Cross Country Course. Schroeder won for the second straight meet after claiming the crown at the Fordham Fiasco last weekend.

Beveridge sets a Patriot League record with her seventh career M-F Athletic Female Runner of the Week award, and does it in style after winning Navy's Salty Dog Invitational with a time of 20:46.23 in the 6K race. The time set a USNA Cross Country Course record and led the Mids to their third-straight team title in the event. Beveridge earns her second weekly honor of the season. The seven career awards top American's Keira Carlstrom (2002-05) for the most in Patriot League history.

Johnson earns his second straight Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Rookie of the Week award after placing 13th at the Navy Invitational on Saturday with a time of 25:02.62. It was the second-best finish of the day for the Eagles and the top mark among all freshmen in the race.

BRENNA McDANNOLD, NAVY Fr., Overland Park, Kansas
McDannold was the second freshman finisher at Navy's Salty Dog Invitational and placed 11th overall in the 6K race with a time of 21:48.26. She was just over a second ahead of American's Corina Velazco as the top freshman finisher among three Patriot League schools. McDannold wins the Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Rookie of the Week award for the first time.