Byrne Wins 5,000m at Maryland Invitational
Jan. 19, 2013
LANDOVER, Md. - Senior Brigid Byrne won the 5,000m run to highlight the Navy women's track and field team's performance at the Maryland Invitational at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex Saturday. Navy turned in 22 top-10 and 11 top-five performances at the meet. The field had 17 different women's teams and a number of unattached competitors. There was no team scoring.
"We had a very solid performance from the distance crew today, especially in the 5K," head coach Carla Criste said. "Also, the pole vaulters rose to the occasion and competed well."
Byrne won the 5,000m run with a time of 17:09.95 and sophomore Annie-Norah Beveridge was second at 17:24.62. Both Byrne and Beveridge were under the ECAC Championship qualifying standard in the 5K and freshman Joanna McCoy was ninth in the race at 18:39.59.
The NCAA mandated that all times ran on indoor flat tracks are converted to banked track times for consistency in NCAA performance lists and ECAC qualifications (Navy's home indoor track is banked). Byrne's converted 5,000m time on Saturday's flat track is a 17:02.12, which is the second-best time in the ECAC this season, her personal best and the second-best indoor time in Naval Academy history.
Beveridge was the top collegiate finisher and the second overall in the 3,000m run at 10:05.79. Sophomore Christina Blair placed third in the 3,000m at 10:16.00 and was also third in the mile with a time of 5:05.83. Freshman Meghan Harvey was eighth in the mile (5:25.19).
Freshman Ashley Welker placed second in the 800m run at 2:18.48 and was followed by freshman Dale Lescher in fourth place (2:20.56) and freshman Amanda Mulkey in sixth (2:20.79). Freshman Ashley Ross clocked a 43.39 to place sixth in the 300m dash and senior Natasha Druggan ran a 1:41.97 to take seventh place in the 600m.
Freshman Marissa Stewart and senior Jordan Kronshage each cleared 11-3¾ (3.45m) in the pole vault, both matching their season-best performances. Stewart placed second based on previous attempts while Kronshage placed third. Junior Elizabeth Rubin placed fifth in the pole vault at 10-4 (3.15m).
Freshman Crystan McLymore turned in a season-best triple jump mark of 37-0½ (11.29m) to place seventh.
Junior Maressa Guynn took fourth place in the weight throw with a season-best mark of 50-10 (15.49m) and junior Teronda Brown was sixth (49-5/15.06m). Brown also placed 10th in the shot put (40-2/12.24m).
Senior Arabia Littlejohn took 10th in the 200m (26.82), freshman Morgan O'Connor placed ninth in the 3,000m (10:41.35) and senior Kristin Smith was 10th in the high jump (5-4¼/1.63m) to round out Navy's top-10 performances on Saturday.
Navy will next compete at George Mason's Patriot Games in Fairfax, Va. on Saturday, January 26.