Oct. 10, 2012
Patriot League Cross Country Central
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Just over two weeks before the Patriot League Cross Country Championships, teams from around the League will have their last competition this weekend before the championships on Oct. 27 at Colgate.
Every team will be on the course Saturday, with events including the Leopard Invitational, Pre-Nationals and a head-to-head run between rivals Army and Navy in Annapolis.
Holy Cross was the only team that competed last week, earning all four weekly awards from its performance at the New England Championship on Sunday.
Patriot League Cross Country Weekly Awards
M-F ATHLETIC MALE RUNNER OF THE WEEK
JOHN CICCHITTI, HOLY CROSS So., Warminster, Pa.
Cicchitti placed 21st in a field of 261 runners at the New England Championship on Sunday with a time of 24:58.82, a personal best on an 8K course. He helped Holy Cross to a 21st-place finish in the 37-team field.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE RUNNER OF THE WEEK
EMILY HUGHES, HOLY CROSS Jr., Milton, Mass.
Hughes finished in 27th place out of 251 runners at the New England Championship on Sunday with a time of 18:01.28 on the 5K course. She was the top finisher for Holy Cross and helped the Crusaders to a 16th-place finish out of 37 teams.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
DENNIS MULDOON, HOLY CROSS Fr., Weymouth, Mass.
Muldoon was Holy Cross' top freshman finisher at the New England Championship on Sunday with a time of 26:06.17, finishing in 118th place in the 261-runner field. It was his best career finish in an 8K.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
CAROLINE CARLEY, HOLY CROSS Fr., Barrington, Ill.
Carley came in 97th place out of 251 runners at the New England Championship with a time of 18:55.11 in the 5K race. She was the top freshman finisher for Holy Cross.
Patriot League Notebook
The Top Five
*All eight Patriot teams are in action on Saturday, with seven of the eight in their final competition before the League Championships on Oct. 27.
*Army and Navy will hold their annual Star Meet in Annapolis.
*American and Lafayette will each run at the Leopard Invitational, with Bucknell, Holy Cross and Lehigh (M) at the Pre-Nationals in Louisville, Ky.
*Nine Patriot League runners have won individual title this year, with six on the men's side.
*Navy's Annie-Norah Beveridge has already set a Patriot League record this year with four M-F Athletic Female Runner of the Week awards.
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