May 2, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy women's outdoor track and field program will defend its league crown at the 2013 Patriot League Outdoor Championship this weekend at Lehigh's Goodman Campus. The eight-team conference meet will feature 22 events beginning on Friday morning and ending late Saturday afternoon.
Navy won the 2012 Patriot League Outdoor Championship at Holy Cross last May with 156.5 points to finish ahead of second-place Bucknell (133.5). Carla Criste was named the Patriot League Outdoor Coach of the Year at the outdoor meet and 2012 graduate Jess Palacio was named the track-athlete of the meet after winning the 800m and the 1,500m.
Junior Veronica Ffrench won the high jump at the outdoor league meet last year and the 4x400m relay team of Sarah Bernhard, Colleen McFadden, Mansfield Murph and Natasha Druggan also took first place.
The Mids had eight second-place finishes and runners-up returning to competition at the 2013 meet are senior Jessica Ridgway (100m), senior Kristin Smith (high jump), junior Lauren Allam (discus) and junior Alix Membreno (javelin).
Navy placed second at the 2013 Patriot League Indoor Championship at West Point in February. Smith won the high jump, senior Brigid Byrne was second in the 5K, sophomore Annie-Norah Beveridge was second in the 3K, Druggan was second in the 500m and Ffrench was the runner-up in the high jump.
Heading into the conference meet, Navy has four athletes leading their events on the Patriot League performance lists and also has athletes ranked second in four events.
Byrne leads the conference in the 10,000m with her school-record time of 34:51.23 and junior Teronda Brown leads the shot put with her school-record mark of 47-5¾ (14.47m). Junior Maressa Guynn leads the discus (157-7) and Smith leads the high jump (5-7¾).
Byrne is Navy's top-ranked athlete in the NCAA's East Region, sitting at No. 31 in the 10K.
Navy will next compete at the ECAC Outdoor Championship at Princeton from May 10-12. Navy has athletes qualified in seven different events for the postseason regional meet.
2013 Patriot League Outdoor Championship
12:20 p.m. Heptathlon - 100m Hurdles, High Jump, Shot Put, 200m
1:00 p.m. Hammer
3:00 p.m. Pole Vault, Long Jump, Javelin
9:45 a.m. 10,000m
2:45 p.m. 100m Hurdle Trials
3:15 p.m. 100m Trials
3:45 p.m. 4x800m Relay
4:15 p.m. 200m Trials
9:00 a.m. Heptathlon - Long Jump, Javelin, 800m
11:30 a.m. Shot Put
2:00 p.m. High Jump, Triple Jump
3:30 p.m. Discus
11:15 a.m. 3000m Steeplechase
11:55 a.m. 4x100m Relay
12:15 p.m. 1500m
12:45 p.m. 100m Hurdles
1:15 p.m. 400m
1:40 p.m. 100m
2:10 p.m. 800m
2:50 p.m. 400m Hurdles
3:15 p.m. 200m
3:50 p.m. 5000m
4:30 p.m. 4x400m Relay
4:50 p.m. Awards Ceremony