Oct. 1, 2012
Patriot League Cross Country Central
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The majority of Patriot League teams came together for the Paul Short Run on Lehigh's Goodman Campus on Friday, with Colgate's Chris Johnson and Navy's Annie-Norah Beveridge once again showing why they will be tough to beat at the Patriot League Championships on Oct. 27.
Johnson was the top finisher in the men's Gold Race, crossing the line in seventh place with a time of 24:20. Lehigh's Tyler Mueller was his closest Patriot League competitor in 19th place with a time of 24:31, helping the Mountain Hawks to their best finish in the event in a decade by placing ninth out of 37 teams.
On the women's side, Navy was outstanding with Beveridge leading the way. The sophomore came in 15th in the Gold Race with a time of 20:25, helping the Mids to a 10th-place finish in the 40-team field. Brigid Byrne came in 42nd place while Kelley Robinson was 67th.
A handful of teams competed in other events, The Navy men placed 17th at the loaded Notre Dame Invitational, the Bucknell men and women defeated St. Francis (Pa.) and American competed in the George Mason Invitational, with John Pope placing second in the race.
Patriot League Cross Country Weekly Awards
M-F ATHLETIC MALE RUNNER OF THE WEEK
CHRIS JOHNSON, COLGATE Sr., Berkeley Heights, N.J.
Johnson was the top Patriot League finisher at the Paul Short Run on Friday at Lehigh, placing seventh in the Gold Race with a time of 24:20 in the 8K. The 2011 Patriot League individual champion wins the M-F Athletic Male Runner of the Week award for the first time.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE RUNNER OF THE WEEK
ANNIE-NORAH BEVERIDGE, NAVY So., Ann Arbor, Mich.
Beveridge sets a Patriot League record with her fourth M-F Athletic Female Runner of the Week award of the season, and the third consecutive. She finished 15th out of 360 runners in the Gold Race at the Paul Short Run at Lehigh on Friday, helping the Mids to a 10th-place finish in the strong 40-team field. She ran the 6K in a time of 20:25, and has been Navy's top finisher in four of five meets this season.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
PETER SCHWARZENBERG, LEHIGH Fr., Kingwood, W.Va.
Schwarzenberg ran the men's 8K Open at the Paul Short Run on Friday, and his time of 25:44 put him among the best freshmen in any race for the day. Schwarzenberg placed 16th out of 394 competitors in the race, giving him the 21st-best time of all freshmen across all races and the sixth-best among the Lehigh contingent. He is named M-F Athletic Rookie of the Week for the first time.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
KELLEY ROBINSON, NAVY Fr., Nederland, Colo.
Robinson placed 67th out of 360 competitors at the Paul Short Run with a time of 21:44 in the 6K Gold Race. She was Navy's third finisher, and the fourth out of all Patriot League runners. Robinson is named M-F Athletic Female Rookie of the Week for the second straight time.
CHRIS GALVIN, NAVY Sr., Austin, Texas
Galvin finished 42nd with a time of 24:27 at the Notre Dame Invitational in field that included 11 ranked teams.
TYLER MUELLER, LEHIGH Jr., Pottstown, Pa.
Mueller placed 19th in the Gold Race at the Paul Short Run with a time of 24:31. He led Lehigh to a ninth-place finish in the race, the best for the Mountain Hawks in a decade.
JOHN POPE, AMERICAN Jr., Carlisle, Pa.
Pope placed second at the George Mason Invitaitonal with a time of 25:03.6 in the 7800 meter run.
DEANNA GODBY, BUCKNELL Fr., Cleveland, Ohio
Godbe earned her first career win by running 19:41 in a 5K at the St. Francis (Pa.) Father Bede Invitational on Saturday.
Patriot League Notebook
The Top Five
*Navy's Annie-Norah Beveridge set a record with her fourth M-F Athletic Female Runner of the Week award on Monday.
*Colgate's Chris Johnson, the 2011 Patriot League individual champion, claimed his first-ever M-F Athletic Male Runner of the Week honor.
*The ninth-place finish by the Lehigh men in the Gold race was its best finish of the decade in the Paul Short Run after two 10th-place finishes in 2002 and 2005.
*Navy placed 10th in the 40-team women's field.
*Almost all Patriot League teams are off this weekend, with only Holy Cross in competition at the New England Championship.
Rundown of the Paul Short Run
The Navy women and Lehigh men were the top teams from the Patriot League at the Paul Short Run Gold Race on Friday. The Mids placed 10th in a strong 40-team field, while the host Mountain Hawks came in ninth out of 37 squads for their best finish in a decade. Following Navy was Army (23rd), Lehigh (30th), Colgate (33rd) and Holy Cross (37), while Army also placed 23rd in the men's Gold Race.
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