April 16, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy women's track and field team (1-0) will compete in a pair of meets this week. Navy will participate in the McDaniel Twilight Invitational Wednesday evening in Westminster, Md. and seven distance runners will compete at the 55th Mt. SAC Relays at Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut, Calif. on Thursday and Friday.
Navy sent two runners to the Mt. SAC (Mt. San Antonio College) Relay's last spring. Jess Palacio, a 2012 graduate and All-American miler, broke her own school record, which still stands, in the 1,500m run with a time of 4:20.87. She was the fifth collegiate finisher and the ninth finisher overall in the 1,500m.
Current senior Brigid Byrne competed in the 10,000m run at Mt. SAC last year, placing fifth in her section with a personal-best time of 35:35.51. The time stands as the fifth-best in school history.
Byrne will once again compete in the 10,000m run along with sophomore Annie-Norah Beveridge. Four Navy plebes, Meghan Harvey, Amanda Mulkey, Kelley Robinson, Ashley Welker, will compete in the 1,500m run. Sophomore Christina Blair will run the 3,000m steeplechase and Navy will also compete in the 4x800m relay.
A number of American athletes that medaled at the London Olympics will be competing at Mt. SAC, including Ashton Eaton, Carmelita Jeter and Allyson Felix.
The Mids will be competing at the McDaniel Twilight Invitational for the third-straight year when the team travels to Westminster on Wednesday. Navy dominated the competition in 2012, winning 18 events at the non-team scored meet.
Navy will return three athletes who won their respective events last year at the McDaniel Invite while posting ECAC-qualifying performances. Senior Kristin Smith won the high jump (5-7, 1.70m), junior Alix Membreno won the javelin (139-11, 42.42m) and junior Lauren Allam won the discus (143-9, 43.83m).
The Mids most recently competed at the non-scored George Mason Invitational last Saturday. Junior Maressa Guynn led Navy with a pair of third-place finishes in the hammer (157-11, 48.13m) and the discus (147-8, 45.01m) and she surpassed the ECAC-qualifying mark in the discus.
Navy will compete in the Penn Relays next week, its final competition before the Patriot League Outdoor Championship, which will be hosted by Lehigh from May 3-4.