Oct. 14, 2013
Patriot League Cross Country Central | 2013 composite schedule
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - All but one team has completed its competition schedule heading into next week's Patriot League Cross Country Championships, and the recent results indicate that both the men and women's races will be wide open on Nov. 2.
American became the latest team to claim a title with the Eagles sweeping both the men and women's crowns at the Leopard Invitational. American's Nick Regan claimed his third individual title of the year on the men's side, while Loyola Maryland's Kiera Harrison won the women's race. The Leopard Invitational was held at Lafayette's Metzgar Fields Athletic Complex, the site of the Patriot League Championships next Saturday.
While the majority of League schools tuned up on the championship course, a few had other important races. Army and Navy squared off in a dual meet, with the Black Knight men emerging with a 26-29 victory for their first win over the Mids since 2008. The Navy women topped their counterparts from Army for the third year in a row. Lehigh also sent its top runners to different events, with Tyler Mueller winning the Princeton Invitational in a field of nationally and regionally-ranked opponents.
Patriot League Notebook
Navy Men, Lehigh Women Lead Patriot League Squads in USTFCCCA Regional Rankings
The final USTFCCCA regional rankings before the Patriot League Championships came out on Monday, and show just how wide open this year's race will be on Nov. 2. On the men's side, Navy (No. 6) maintains the top spot among League squads in the Mid-Atlantic Region, but is closely followed by Lehigh (No. 8), American (No. 11) and Bucknell (No. 15). The Mountain Hawks moved up four spots after their fifth-place showing at the Princeton Invitational. The men's Northeast Region has Army (No. 11) and Boston University (No. 12), putting six Patriot League teams into the rankings this week.
The Lehigh women maintained their position as the highest-ranked Patriot League team in the Mid-Atlantic Region as they bumped up two places to No. 7. American entered the rankings at No. 11 after winning the Leopard Invitational, and was followed by Bucknell (No. 14) and Navy (No. 15).
View the latest USTFCCCA Regional Rankings
14 Patriot Leaguers Reach the Winner's Circle in 2013
American's Nick Regan became the first Patriot League runner to take home three individual titles when he won the Leopard Invitational on Saturday. Regan also claimed the title at the Mount St. Mary's 5K Duals and Catholic Invitational, leading the Eagles to the team title in all three races. Two-time winners include Boston University's Rosa Moriello and Navy's Steve Schroeder and Annie-Norah Beveridge, who also added a dual meet win against Army on Friday. The 10 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) and Tyler Mueller (Princeton Invitational) on the men's side, with Army's Madison Hill (Army Open), Bucknell's Montana Dipietrantonio (Bison Open), Lafayette's Rose Willey (Lehigh Invitational) and Loyola Maryland's Kiera Harrison (Leopard Invitational) also finishing as winners of women's races. Army's Ricardo Galindo won the men's dual meet against rival Navy on Friday, while Lehigh's Mueller and Ingrid Simon were also dual meet winners against rival Lafayette and Bucknell's Dylan Cowell did so against Bloomsburg.
Nine Patriot League Squads with Meet Titles
If season results are any indication, American and Navy will be tough to beat in both the men and women's races at the Patriot League Championship. The Eagles added their third men's title and second women's crown of the season when they swept the titles at the Leopard Invitational on Saturday. The Navy men and women also have a pair of meet titles to their credit. Five other teams have won one race, including the Boston University women, Bucknell men, Holy Cross women and Lehigh men and women.
Army and Navy Split the Stars
Army won on the men's side and Navy claimed the women's race in a competitive Star Meet between the schools on Friday at West Point. Ricardo Galindo crossed the line first in the men's race to lead Army to its first victory over the Mids since 2008 by a tight 26-29 final. Annie-Norah Beveridge won the women's race for the second straight year as well, leading Navy to its third straight victory over the Black Knights. Lehigh and Lafayette also squared off in a dual meet this year, with the Mountain Hawks sweeping their rivals on Sept 21.
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
TYLER MUELLER, LEHIGH Sr., Pottstown, Pa.
Racing against a field that included nationally and regionally-ranked opponents, Mueller crossed the line in first place out of 272 runners at the Princeton Invitational on Saturday with a personal-best time of 23:36 in the 8K. It was his second first-place finish of the season, and fourth in his career. He topped his previous personal best of 23:58 set at the Paul Short Run on Oct. 5. Mueller helped Lehigh finish fifth in a 30-team field that included nationally-ranked squads Princeton, Iona and Villanova and multiple regionally-ranked teams. Lehigh finished ahead of two teams that it was ranked behind in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Mueller wins his second Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Runner of the Week award in the past three weeks.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE RUNNER OF THE WEEK
KIERA HARRISON, LOYOLA MARYLAND Sr., Syosset, N.Y.
Harrison cruised to victory at the Leopard Invitational on Saturday with a time of 21:44.87 on the course that will host the Patriot League Championships on Nov. 2. She finished more than 35 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher in the 6K race. Harrison is named Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Runner of the Week for the second time in the last three weeks.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
BRENDAN JOHNSON, AMERICAN Fr., Waldorf, Md.
Johnson becomes the first-ever student-athlete with four Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Runner of the Week awards after finishing in third place at the Leopard Invitational on Saturday with a time of 25:40.82 in the five-mile race. He secured American's sweep of the top three spots and helped the Eagles to the title in the 12-team field. Johnson eclipsed the record of three Male Rookie of the Week awards set just last season by Navy's Steve Schroeder.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
CORINA VELAZCO, AMERICAN Fr., Miami, Fla.
Velazco was the top freshman finisher out of the Patriot League and placed 11th overall with a time of 22:44.61 in the 6K Leopard Invitational on Saturday. She recorded the second-best time of the day for the Eagles, and the third-fastest among all freshmen. Velazco was one of five American runners in the top 16 as the Eagles took the title in the 14-team race. She is named Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Runner of the Week for the second time in three weeks.
RICARDO GALINDO, ARMY Sr., Farmington Hills, Mich.
Galindo placed first at the Army-Navy Star Meet with a time of 24:25.49, leading the Black Knights to their first victory over the Mids since 2008. Galindo won the dual meet race for the second year in a row.
ANNIE-NORAH BEVERIDGE, NAVY Jr., Ann Arbor, Mich.
Beveridge won the Army-Navy Star Meet with a time of 20:31.52, claiming the individual title for the second year in a row while leading the Mids to their third straight win.
NICK REGAN, AMERICAN Jr., Kensington, Md.
Regan placed first with a time of 25:24.50 at the Leopard Invitational, winning his third individual title of the year and helping the Eagles to first place overall in the 12-team field.
JULIA SULLIVAN, AMERICAN Sr., Northampton, Mass.
Sullivan placed second at the Leopard Invitational with a time of 22:21.46, helping the Eagles to a first-place finish in the 14-team event.