Patriot League Cross Country Championships Preview

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Navy's Annie-Norah Beveridge
Navy's Annie-Norah Beveridge

Oct. 30, 2013

Patriot League Cross Country Championships Central | Results

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - All 10 schools will compete for the Patriot League Men and Women's Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Lafayette's Metzgar Athletics Complex, and the results from the 2013 season indiciate the races will be wide open for team and individual titles.

The competition will start with the men's 8K race at 11 a.m., followed by the women's 6K at 12 p.m. The top finisher in each race is named the individual champion for the Patriot League, while the highest-finishing freshman takes home the Rookie of the Year honor. A Patriot League Coach of the Year will also be voted on for both the men and the women. The top-seven finishers in each race earn first-team All-Patriot League status, while places eight through 14 receive second-team All-League honors.

The Navy women and Lehigh men will each be looking to defend their titles, but there will be plenty of competition in the races. There are six men's and four women's teams in the latest USTFCCCA regional rankings, while 14 individuals and nine teams have won meet titles in 2013.

Navy was picked first in the preseason on both the men and women's side, with the Mids edging Lehigh in the men's poll and taking home all possible first-place votes for a decisive selection on the women's side. The Navy men maintain that top spot among League squads in the USTFCCCA regional rankings coming into the race, as the Mids stand at No. 6 in the Mid-Atlantic Region with the defending champion Mountain Hawks close behind at No. 8. Lehigh has emerged as the highest-ranked team on the women's side, with the Mountain Hawks at No. 7 in the Mid-Atlantic followed by American at No. 11.

Navy junior Annie-Norah Beveridge will be looking to defend her individual title in the women's race, as she won last year's race at Colgate by nearly 20 seconds before going on to compete in the NCAA Championships. Beveridge won a pair of meet titles this season, and also claimed first place in a dual matchup with rival Army. Boston University's Rosa Moriello is the only other multi-meet winner this season, while others who have won a meet include Army's Madison Hill, Bucknell's Montana Dipietrantonio, Lafayette's Rose Willey and Loyola Maryland's Kiera Harrison, who won the Leopard Invitational at Metzgar Athletics Complex two weeks ago.

Beveridge is one of three first-team All-Patriot League honorees who return in 2013. Colgate's Olivia Brackett finished fifth and Navy's Kelley Robinson was sixth in each runner's freshman campaign last season, with Brackett earning the Rookie of the Year honor. Second-team All-Patriot League honorees who return to the course are Willey (9th), Bucknell's Deanna Godby (10th) and Katie Jessee (13th) and Lehigh's Ingrid Simon (11th).

The top-four finishers from last year's men's race have either moved on or been sidelined in 2013, leaving Lehigh's Ryan Mahalsky (5th) and Tyler Mueller (7th) as first-team All-Patriot League honorees who have been active this season. Returning second-team All-League selections include Army's Ricardo Galindo (9th) and Kendall Ward (14th), Navy's Robert Patterson (10th) and American's Nick Regan (11th).

While the list of returning All-League honorees is short, the winner's list from 2013 is quite impressive. Regan is the only three-time meet winner in the Patriot League, while Navy's Steve Schroeder, last year's Rookie of the Year, has won a pair of races. The others who have won a race this year include Mahalsky, Mueller, Ward, Navy's Justin Maguire, Bucknell's Michael McGowan and Boston University's Alec Olson. Another runner to watch is Boston University's Rich Peters, who placed second in his most recent race at the New England Championships on Oct. 12 and qualified for the NCAA Championships last season.

Nine Patriot League teams won a meet title in 2013, with the American men claiming three crowns while the AU women and Navy men and women each won a pair. American swept the men and women's titles at the Leopard Invitational on Oct. 19, beating out multiple Patriot League schools on the course that will host the League Championships.

Additional notes for the Patriot League Championships are included below. For more, including results on Saturday, visit Patriot League Cross Country Championships Central

Patriot League Championship Notebook

Navy Men, Lehigh Women Lead Patriot League Squads in USTFCCCA Regional Rankings
On the men's side, Navy (No. 6) maintains the top spot among League squads in the USTFCCCA 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 Oct. 19. 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 Oct. 18. 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, 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. 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.

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). .