Sept. 24, 2012
Patriot League Cross Country Central
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - With a busy weekend ahead, including the Paul Short Run at Lehigh on Friday, all but one Patriot League team took to training instead of competition last week.
Only the Navy women hit the course, as the Mids finished 10th in a strong 14-team field at the Toledo Inter-Regional Bubble Buster on Friday. Sophomore Annie-Norah Beveridge came in 14th place out of 172 runners to lead the Mids and earn the Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Runner of the Week honor for the third time this season, tying a record set nine times before including last season by her former teammate, Jess Palacio. Kelley Robinson was Navy's top freshman finisher and received the Patriot League Rookie of the Week award.
The schedule is much busier for the upcoming weekend. Six women's teams and five men's squads will head to the Paul Short Run at Lehigh on Friday, 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.
PATRIOT LEAGUE CROSS COUNTRY WEEKLY AWARDS
M-F ATHLETIC MALE RUNNER OF THE WEEK
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M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE RUNNER OF THE WEEK
ANNIE-NORAH BEVERIDGE, NAVY So., Ann Arbor, Mich.
Beveridge claims the M-F Athletic Female Runner of the Week award for the third time after finishing in 14th place out of 172 runners at the Toledo Inter-Regional Bubble Buster on Friday. Beveridge ran the 4K race in 13:37 to come within seven seconds of a top-10 finish. She helped the Mids place 10th in a 14-team field that included four nationally-ranked opponents.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
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M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
KELLEY ROBINSON, NAVY Fr., Nederland, Colo.
Robinson was Navy's top freshman finisher at the Toledo Intra-Regional Bubble Buster on Friday, coming in fourth among the Mids' contingent and 72nd overall out of 172 runners in the field with a time of 14:19 in the 4K race. She helped Navy to a 10th-place finish in the deep 14-team field.
Patriot League Notebook
The Top Five
*Navy's Annie-Norah Beveridge won her third M-F Athletic Female Runner of the Week award on Monday.
*She ties nine other runners, including five Mids, for the most female runner of the week honors in one season in Patriot League history.
*Every Patriot League men and women's team is in action this weekend, with the majority competing in the Paul Short Run at Lehigh on Friday.
*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.
Busiest Weekend Remaining Before the Patriot League Championship
With the Patriot League Cross Country Championships just over four weeks away, the teams are embarking on a weekend filled with competition to continue to fine tune their times. 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
Nine Patriot League runners have won individual titles this season, with six on the men's side alone. American's Mark Allen (Navy Invitational) and Colgate's Chris Johnson (UB Stampede) won races on Sept. 15 to join 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) as individual winners. Among the women, Beveridge (Harry Lang Invitational), Army's Lisa 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