Oct. 10, 2012
Patriot League Cross Country Central
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Nearly all teams have completed their final race before the Patriot League Cross Country Championships on Oct. 27, and the weekend's competition foreshadowed what should be a great battle for the men and women's individual and team titles.
Navy, the defending champion and preseason favorite in both men and women's cross country, wrapped up its pre-championship schedule by taking care of rival Army on Saturday at the Star Meet in Annapolis. The Mids won 23-40 in the men's race and 20-43 on the women's side to sweep the Black Knights. Army's Ricky Galindo won the men's race and Navy's Annie-Norah Beveridge captured the women's event, with both earning Patriot League M-F Athletic Runner of the Week awards on Monday for their performances.
The American men could provide a test to the Mids, and showed their ability again by winning the Leopard Invitational at Lafayette on Saturday. The Eagles won their first team title of the season behind a second-place showing from Mark Allen.
Other solid individual outings last week came from Lehigh's Tyler Mueller and Bucknell's Caroline Tolli at the NCAA Pre-Nationals, as well as Colgate's Olivia Brackett and Navy's Steve Schroeder who continued to emerge as top freshmen on the women's and men's sides, respectively.
Patriot League Cross Country Weekly Awards
M-F ATHLETIC MALE RUNNER OF THE WEEK
RICKY GALINDO, ARMY Jr., Farmington Hills, Mich.
Galindo became the first Black Knight since 2008 to place first overall at the Army-Navy Star Meet with a time of 24:38.56 at the 8K in Annapolis. He held off Navy's top finisher by two seconds to win the individual title, becoming the first individual champion from the losing team since 2007. Galindo has earned Army's top time in all five races this season. He is Army's first M-F Athletic Male Runner of the Week since 2008.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE RUNNER OF THE WEEK
ANNIE-NORAH BEVERIDGE, NAVY So., Ann Arbor, Mich.
Beveridge extends her Patriot League record with her fifth M-F Athletic Female Runner of the Week award of the season, and her fourth in a row in a week where she was in competition. Beveridge led Navy to a 20-40 win over rival Army in the Star Meet in Annapolis by running a course record time of 21:13.9 in the 6K. Beveridge was 24 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher and shattered the previous course record of 21:45 set by American's Keira Carlstrom in 2004.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
STEVE SCHROEDER, NAVY Fr., Monticello, Ill.
Schroeder claims his third M-F Athletic Rookie of the Week award of the year after finishing fifth in the Star Meet against rival Army with a time of 24:48.06 on the 8K course. He was Navy's fourth finisher, and helped the Mids to a 20-43 victory over the rival Black Knights. He sets a Patriot League record with his third Rookie of the Week honor of the season.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
OLIVIA BRACKETT, COLGATE Fr., Weston, Mass.
Brackett placed eighth in the Leopard Invitational with a time of 21:36.63 on the 6K course, helping the Raiders to a third-place finish in the 13-team field. She was the top Patriot League finisher in a field that also included American and host Lafayette. Brackett recorded her third top-10 finish of the season, and is named M-F Athletic Female Rookie of the Week for the third time to tie a League record also held by Army's Jillian Busby (2009) and Navy's Rachael Honrath (2010).
TYLER MUELLER, LEHIGH Jr., Pottstown, Pa.
Mueller placed 54th out of 272 runners in a strong field at the NCAA Pre-Nationals. He finished the 8K in a time of 24:05.0, 26 seconds faster than his previous best.
MARK ALLEN, AMERICAN Sr., Miami, Fla.
Allen placed second at the Leopard Invitational with a time of 25:06.99 in the 8K race. He helped the Eagles defend their team title in the race.
CAROLINE TOLLI, BUCKNELL Sr., Lockport, N.Y.
Tolli placed 13th of 243 runners at the NCAA Pre-Nationals, finishing the 6K race in a time of 21:47.6.
MEGAN KEENE, COLGATE So., Darien, Conn.
Keene came in 10th place at the Leopard Invitational with a time of 21:45.74 in the 6K race.
Patriot League Notebook
The Top Five
*Navy topped Army on Saturday to win the Star Meet on both the men's and women's side.
*It was the fourth straight Star win for the men, and fifth in seven years for the women.
*Navy's Annie-Norah Beveridge won the women's race in a course record time of 21:13.9 and extended her League record with a fifth M-F Athletic Runner of the Week award this season.
*The American men won the Leopard Invitational at Lafayette, their first team title of the season.
*Every team except for Holy Cross has completed its competition heading into the Patriot League Championships at Colgate on Oct. 27.
Patriot League Championships Ahead on Oct. 27
For all but Holy Cross, which competes at the Central Connecticut Mini-Meet on Friday, the Patriot League Championships will be the next race at Colgate University's Harry H. Lang Course on Oct. 27 beginning at 11 a.m. Navy is the defending champion and preseason favorite on both the men and women's side. Colgate's Chris Johnson will get a chance to defend last year's individual title on his home course as he tries to become the second straight repeat winner after Navy's Andrew Hanko claimed the individual crown in 2009 and 2010. Johnson and American's Mark Allen are back after earning first-team All-Patriot League status last year on the men's side, while five runners return after second-team All-Patriot League honors. In the women's race, Bucknell's Caroline Tolli is the only first-team returnee after last year's fifth-place finish. Navy's Brigid Byrne and Annie-Norah Beveridge, who placed ninth and 10th, respectively, also return to the women's 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.
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.
For more, including the Patriot League composite schedule, team information pages and 2012 record book and championship page, visit Patriot League Cross Country Central