Oct. 8, 2013
Patriot League Cross Country Central | 2013 composite schedule
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - A top-10 finish for Lehigh senior Tyler Mueller and a top-25 showing for Loyola University Maryland senior Kiera Harrison highlighted the Patriot League efforts in the prestigious Paul Short Run on Saturday at Lehigh University's Goodman Campus.
Patriot League Notebook
Patriot Leaguers Compete Against the Best in the Nation at Paul Short Run
The Paul Short Run brought a number of nationally and regionally-ranked teams to Lehigh's campus on Saturday, and the Patriot League teams and individuals fared well against the top competition. In the men's gold race, Mueller (6th) was the top Patriot League finisher with Navy's Steve Schroeder (14th) also coming in the top 15. Navy (8th) had the highest finish and was followed among Patriot League teams by Army (14th), American (20th), Lehigh (24th) and Bucknell (42nd). Harrison placed 21st in the women's gold race to cross the finish line first among Patriot League runners. Host Lehigh (26th) had the top finish of League squads followed by Bucknell (29th), Navy (35th), Army (39th), American (42nd), Loyola (45th) and Colgate (47th). Holy Cross, Lafayette and the Colgate and Loyola Men each competed in the Brown races, with the Crusader women coming away with a victory in a 45-team field.
Navy Men, Lehigh Women Lead Patriot League Squads in USTFCCCA Regional Rankings
Twelve Different Patriot Leaguers with a Meet Victory in 2013
With their strong showing at the Paul Short Run, the Navy men moved up two places to rank as the top Patriot League team in the Mid-Atlantic Region at No. 5 overall. American (No. 11) bumped up one spot, while Lehigh (No. 12) and Bucknell (No. 15) both fell. Army (No. 10) and Boston University (No. 12) each moved up one spot in the Northeast Region as six Patriot League men's teams earned a spot in the regional rankings. The women's Mid-Atlantic Region had a shake-up among Patriot League teams as well, with Lehigh (No. 9) coming from outside the rankings to earn the top spot among League squads after its impressive performance at the Paul Short run. Bucknell (No. 11) and Navy (No. 13) each fell in the rankings, while American dropped out. View the latest USTFCCCA Regional Rankings
Twelve Patriot Leaguers have 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), Boston University's Alec Olson (Ted Owen Invitational) 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), Boston University's Rosa Moriello (Ted Owen Invitational) 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, while Bucknell's Dylan Cowell did so against Bloomsburg.
Nine Patriot League Squads with Meet Titles
The Holy Cross women became the latest Patriot League team to win a meet when they placed first out of 45 teams in the Brown race at the Paul Short Run on Saturday. The Crusaders were in the top spot in a race that featured Patriot League foe Lafayette and a handful of other Division I squads. The Crusaders were the ninth Patriot League team to win a race this season, joining the Boston University women,
Bucknell men, Lehigh men and women and American women as one-time winners. The American men and Navy men and women have each won a pair of team titles this season.
Light Weekend Ahead
After nine Patriot League teams ran in the Paul Short Run on Saturday, only two will be in competition this weekend. Both will be in the same race, as Boston University and Holy Cross each compete at the New England Championships in Boston on Saturday. View the entire 2013 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
TYLER MUELLER, LEHIGH Sr., Pottstown, Pa.
Mueller ran a personal-best 23:58 to place sixth overall in a strong field at the prestigious Paul Short Run on Lehigh University's Goodman Campus. He topped his 8K previous best, which came at last year's Paul Short run, by more than 30 seconds. Mueller was the highest Lehigh finisher in the race since 1976, and was first among Patriot League competitors. Mueller wins his first Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Runner of the Week award.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE RUNNER OF THE WEEK
KIERA HARRISON, LOYOLA MARYLAND Sr., Syosset, N.Y.
Harrison led all Patriot League competitors and placed 21st overall with a time of 20:58 at the 6K Paul Short Run at Lehigh on Saturday. Her time was the second-fastest in Loyola women's cross country history over a 6k course, just seven seconds off her school record set earlier this year. Harrison was 40 seconds ahead of the next Patriot League finisher. She is named Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Runner of the Week for the first time.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
BRENDAN JOHNSON, AMERICAN Fr., Waldorf, Md.
Johnson was the top finisher among Patriot League freshmen as he came in 71st place with a time of 25:07 at the 8K Paul Short Run at Lehigh on Saturday. He had the second-best finish of the day for the Eagles. Johnson earns his third Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Rookie of the Week award, tying Navy's Steve Schroeder (2012) for the most in League history.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
CORINA VELAZCO, AMERICAN Fr., Miami, Fla.
Velazco was the top finisher for the Eagles and crossed the line first among all Patriot League freshmen with a time of 22:26 in the 6K Paul Short Run at Lehigh. She finished 175th overall in the strong field. Velazco is named Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Rookie of the Week for the first time.
STEVE SCHROEDER, NAVY So., Monticello, Ill.
Schroeder placed 14th at the Paul Short Run with a time of 24:24 on the 8K course, which also helped the Mids to an eighth-place finish in the prestigious race.
ANNIE-NORAH BEVERIDGE, NAVY Jr., Ann Arbor, Mich.
Beveridge placed 78th at the 6K Paul Short Run with a time of 21:38.