Sept. 18, 2012
Patriot League Cross Country Central
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Seven of the eight Patriot League schools took to the course over the weekend, and there were plenty of positive results for both individuals and teams.
American and Navy both participated in the Navy Invitational, with American senior Mark Allen winning the individual crown while the Mids placed just ahead of the Eagles in the team standings on the men's side. The Navy women finished first as well, with Annie-Norah Beveridge leading the way with a second-place finish in a field of 123 runners. Both Allen and Beveridge earned Patriot League M-F Athletic Runner of the Week honors for their performances.
The defending Patriot League men's cross country individual champion showed he is ready to compete for another crown, as Colgate senior Chris Johnson placed first in the UB Stampede with a time of 24:59.6. He won the race by 20 seconds in the fastest time on the course in the past three years. Youth was also served for the Raiders, as freshmen Mike McConville and Olivia Brackett turned in strong performances on Saturday to receive the Patriot League M-F Athletic Rookie of the Week awards.
It was a strong weekend for Army and Lehigh as well. The Black Knight women won the Iona Meet of Champions for the first time in program history, placing first in the 12-team field behind top 10 finishes from sophomore Lisa Junta and freshman Lindsay Gabow. The Lehigh men and women each took down rival Lafayette in a dual meet, as the men won 16-47 behind first-place finisher Tyler Mueller while the women recorded a 17-46 triumph over the Leopards led by senior Julia Perry's individual victory. The Lehigh men beat Lafayette for the 14th straight year, while the women won for the eighth season in a row.
PATRIOT LEAGUE CROSS COUNTRY WEEKLY AWARDS
M-F ATHLETIC MALE RUNNER OF THE WEEK
MARK ALLEN, AMERICAN Sr., Miami, Fla.
Allen placed first at the Navy Invitational on Saturday, running the 8K race in a time of 24:42.5 to cross the finish line nearly eight seconds ahead of teammate John Pope, the second-place finisher. The Eagles finished second in the seven-team field as Allen ran just over a minute over the course record. He earns the M-F Athletic Male Runner of the Week award for the second time in his career.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE RUNNER OF THE WEEK
ANNIE-NORAH BEVERIDGE, NAVY So., Ann Arbor, Mich.
Beveridge placed second at the Navy Invitational with a time of 21:52 in the 6K race, leading her squad to the title in the seven-team field. Beveridge's time tied for the fifth-fastest in course history and was just two seconds behind the first-place finisher. She is named the M-F Athletic Female Runner of the Week for the second time this season.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
MIKE McCONVILLE, COLGATE Fr., Hingham, Mass.
McConville placed 16th out of 80 runners at the UB Stampede with a time of 25:55.0 on Saturday. He is one of only three Colgate freshmen to run under 26 minutes for an 8K. His time placed McConville second among the Colgate contingent as the Raiders placed third in the six-team race. McConville is named M-F Athletic Male Rookie of the Week for the first time.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
OLIVIA BRACKETT, COLGATE Fr., Weston, Mass.
Brackett had a strong outing for the Raiders as she placed sixth out of 97 runners at the UMass Cross Country Invitational on Saturday. Brackett ran the 5K race in a time of 18:30.14 to earn the top mark among Colgate runners and finish as the best freshman in the meet by 30 seconds. It is her second top 10 finish in as many meets this season, and also her second M-F Athletic Female Rookie of the Week award.
CHRIS JOHNSON, COLGATE Sr., Berkeley Heights, N.J.
Johnson won the UB Stampede with a time of 24:59.6, the fastest mark on the 8K course in the past three years.
TYLER MUELLER, LEHIGH Jr., Pottstown, Pa.
Mueller finished first in the Lehigh-Lafayette dual meet with a time of 24:54 on the 8K course, leading the Mountain Hawks to a 16-47 win over the rival Leopards.
LISA JUNTA, ARMY So., Springfield, Va.
Junta helped Army to its first-ever title at the Iona Meet of Champions by placing third out of 82 runners in the 6K race with a time of 22:23.10.
JULIA PERRY, LEHIGH Sr., Reading, Mass.
Perry won the Lehigh-Lafayette dual meet with a time of 22:35 on the 6K course as the Mountain Hawks defeated the rival Leopards by a 17-46 score.
Patriot League Notebook
The Top Five
*American's Mark Allen and Colgate's Chris Johnson both won invitational titles on the men's side last weekend.
*The Navy men and women swept the team crowns at Saturday's Navy Invitational, while
the Army women won the team title at the Iona Meet of Champions for the first time.
*Lehigh beat rival Lafayette in a dual meet in both the men's (16-47) and women's (17-46) races.
*Six Patriot League teams have won invitational titles this year, including both the Bucknell and Navy men and women.
*Nine different Patriot Leaguers, from six different schools, have won individual titles this year.
Light week before the Paul Short
We're nearing the midway point between the start of the season and the Patriot League Cross Country Championships on October 27, and almost all of the teams will spend the upcoming weekend in training instead of competition. The only squad to compete over the weekend will be the Navy women, who head to the Toledo Bubble Buster Invitational on Saturday. The teams in training are looking at a big weekend ahead on Sept. 28-29. Six women's teams and five men's squads will head to the Paul Short Run at Lehigh on Sept. 28, while the next day the remainder of the teams are in action with American at the George Mason Invitational, Bucknell heading to the St. Francis (Pa.) Invitational and the Navy men competing at the Notre Dame Invitational.
In the Winners Circle
Allen and Johnson added their names to the growing list of individual winners from the Patriot League in the fall. Six of the nine invitational winners have come on the men's side, with Allen (Navy Invitational) and Johnson (UB Stampede) joining
American's John Pope (Harry Lang Invitational), Lehigh's Tyler Mueller (Lehigh Invitational) and Bucknell's Glenn Williams (Bison Open) and John Dugan (Detroit Titan Invitational). Among the women, Beveridge (Harry Lang Invitational), Junta (Army Open) and Bucknell's Caroline Tolli (Detroit Titan Invitational) have won individual titles in the early part of the 2012 season.
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