Patriot League Cross Country Release - 10.14.13

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Boston University's Rosa Moriello
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Boston University's Rosa Moriello
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Oct. 14, 2013

Patriot League Cross Country Central | 2013 composite schedule

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - It was a light week on the Patriot League cross country schedule, but that didn't stop another League runner from entering the winner's circle.

Boston University junior Rosa Moriello earned her second win in as many races this season when she crossed the line in 17:13 at the New England Championship on Saturday. Moriello won the race by 14 seconds, helping the Terriers to a fourth-place finish out of 43 teams. Rich Peters led the BU men to a fourth-place showing as well by finishing second with a time of 24:05.

Patriot League Notebook

Busy Week Ahead in Preparation for League Championships
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. While the League championships are just over two weeks away, Saturday will offer a pretty good preview when eight League schools gather at the same course for the Leopard Invitational. American, Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lehigh, Loyola Maryland and the Navy women will all join host Lafayette in the race as the schools get to a chance to race the League championship course. There is one other very big meet on the schedule as Navy visits Army for men and women's races at West Point on Friday afternoon. For results throughout the year, view the entire 2013 composite schedule

Navy Men, Lehigh Women Lead Patriot League Squads in USTFCCCA Regional Rankings
The Navy men rank as the top Patriot League team in the Mid-Atlantic Region at No. 5 overall. American (No. 11), Lehigh (No. 12) and Bucknell (No. 15) follow. Army (No. 10) and Boston University (No. 12) each hold spots in the Northeast Region as six Patriot League men's teams earned a spot in the rankings. The women's Mid-Atlantic Region rankings have Lehigh (No. 9) as the top League squad, just ahead of Bucknell (No. 11) and Navy (No. 13). View the latest USTFCCCA Regional Rankings

Twelve Different Patriot Leaguers with a Meet Victory in 2013
By winning the New England Championship on Saturday, Moriello became the fourth Patriot League runner with a pair of victories this season. She joins a list that includes Steve Schroeder and Annie-Norah Beveridge of Navy and Nick Regan of American. The eight others who have won a race this season include 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) 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 Oct. 5. 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.

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).

Patriot League Cross Country Weekly Awards

M-F ATHLETIC MALE RUNNER OF THE WEEK
RICH PETERS, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., Bristol, England
Peters placed second at the New England Championship with a time of 24:05, which also helped the Terriers to a fourth-place finish in the 41-team field. Peters was the runner-up in the race for the second consecutive year and helped BU to a fourth-place finish for the second straight season. He wins his first Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Runner of the Week award.

M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE RUNNER OF THE WEEK
ROSA MORIELLO, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Jr., Naugatuck, Conn.
Moriello won the New England Championship by finishing with a time of 17:13, coming in 14 seconds ahead of the closest competitor. She became the third straight Terrier to win the race while leading her team to a fourth-place finish in the 43-team field. Moriello has won her only two races of the 2013 season, and is named Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Runner of the Week for the first time.

M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
G. MATT GRECO, HOLY CROSS Fr., Blue Bell, Pa.
Greco placed 106th at the New England Championship with a time of 27:03, helping the Crusaders to a 25th-place finish. 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
MARY WELSH, HOLY CROSS Fr., Manhasset, N.Y.
Welsh placed 82nd at the New England Championship with a time of 18:56. She was the top rookie finisher for the Crusaders and helped the team to a 10th-place showing. Welsh is selected as Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Rookie of the Week for the first time.