Sept. 24, 2013
Patriot League Cross Country Central | 2013 composite schedule
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - First-year member Boston University added to the line of individual and team winners from the Patriot League with a strong performance at the Ted Owen Invitational over the weekend.
Patriot League Notebook
Olson, Moriello Lead a Strong Performance for BU
Boston University's Alec Olson and Rosa Moriello each crossed the finish line first at the Ted Owen Invitational over the weekend to add their names to the list of winners from the Patriot League this season. Olson finished the 8K race in a time of 26:09.79, while Moriello's winning time was not clocked due to a scoring malfunction. Twelve different Patriot Leaguers have now won a meet this season, including two-time winners Steve Schroeder and Annie-Norah Beveridge of Navy and Nick Regan of American. The rest of the list includes 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) also finishing as winners of women's races. Lehigh's Tyler Mueller and Ingrid Simon were also dual meet winners against rival Lafayette on Saturday.
Eight Patriot League Squads with Meet Titles
Lehigh Sweeps Lafayette in Dual Meet
The Boston University women became the latest Patriot League team to win a meet when they finished first among seven squads at the Ted Owen Invitational on Saturday. They join the Bucknell men, Lehigh men and women and American women as one-time winners, while the American men and Navy men and women have each won a pair of team titles this season.
The first of two dual meets between Patriot League teams took place on Saturday with Lehigh posting another impressive performance against rival Lafayette. The Mountain Hawks won 15-50 for their 15th-straight victory on the men's side, and 25-34 for a ninth-straight win in the women's race. There is one more rivalry dual meet in the Patriot League this season when Navy visits Army on Oct. 18.
Lehigh Men, Navy Women Lead Patriot League Squads in USTFCCCA Regional Rankings
There was little movement in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) regional rankings on Monday, but one Patriot League team did make a major leap into the polls. Army came from outside of the rankings to grab the No. 10 position in the men's Northeast Region, one spot ahead of Boston University. Lehigh, Navy and Bucknell remained in order at No. 6, No. 7 and No. 8 in the men's Mid-Atlantic Region rankings, with American dropping one spot to No. 12. On the women's side, Navy (No. 6), Bucknell (No. 9) and American (No. 14) all held their rankings in the Mid-Atlantic Region, while BU fell out in the Northeast. View the latest USTFCCCA Regional Rankings
Coming Up Next
With nine Patriot League teams competing in the Paul Short Run at Lehigh on Oct. 5, this weekend's schedule of events is very light as the squads prepare. Bucknell will be the only team with both men and women in action as the Bison compete at both the Boston College Coast to Coast on Friday and the Bloomsburg Invitational on Saturday. The Navy women race Saturday at the Virginia Panorama Farms Invitational, while the Colgate men are in action on Sunday at Cazenovia. 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
M-F ATHLETIC MALE RUNNER OF THE WEEK
ALEC OLSON, BOSTON UNIVERSITY So., Excelsior, Minn.
Olson finished first at the Ted Owen Invitational with a time of 26:09.79 in the 8K race. He helped lead the Terriers to a second-place finish in the seven-team field. Olson is named Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Runner of the Week for the first time, and is BU's first recipient of the award.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE RUNNER OF THE WEEK
INGRID SIMON, LEHIGH Jr., Princeton Junction, N.J.
Simon led Lehigh to a victory against rival Lafayette by placing first in the dual meet with a personal-best time of 22:42.60 in the 6K race. She earned her first collegiate win while surpassing her previous top mark by 11 seconds, and finishing 15 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. The Mountain Hawks captured their ninth-straight win against Lafayette. Simon earns her first Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Runner of the Week award, and the first for a Mountain Hawk since 2011.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ALEX FITZGERALD, LEHIGH Fr., Setauket, N.Y.
Fitzgerald finished sixth at the Mountain Hawks' dual meet against Lafayette with a time of 27:03.9 in the 8K race. He was the top freshman finisher in the field and helped Lehigh to its 15th straight victory against its rival. Fitzgerald was racing his first collegiate 8K. He is named Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Rookie of the Week for the first time.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ALEXA DEEMER, LAFAYETTE Fr., Bethlehem, Pa.
Deemer was the top freshman finisher in the women's Lafayette-Lehigh meet by coming in sixth place overall with a time of 23:25.9 in the 6K. She was 43 seconds off the winning time in the race. Deemer earns the first Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Rookie of the Week award for Lafayette since her teammate, Rose Willey, was selected in 2010.
TYLER MUELLER, LEHIGH Sr., Pottstown, Pa.
Mueller placed first at the Lehigh-Lafayette meet with a time of 25:23.10 in the 8K. He won the race against the Leopards for the second straight year.
STEVE SCHROEDER, NAVY So., Monticello, Ill.
Schroeder was the third-place finisher at the Iona Meet of Champions with a time of 25:33 in the 8K, helping Navy to a third-place showing in the 20-team field.
ROSA MORIELLO, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Jr., Naugatuck, Conn.
Moriello finished first at the Ted Owen Invitational to lead the Terriers to a victory in the seven-team field.