Mids Kick Off 2017 Season with Six Wins at Mount St. Mary's Duals
EMMITSBURG, Md. - The Navy women's cross country team began their 2017 campaign with an exclamation mark on Friday afternoon at the Mount St. Mary's 5K Duals as the squad recorded a perfect 6-0 mark and posted five of the top-10 individual times, including a 14.2-second win by newcomer Claire Ostrowski (So., Virginia Beach, Va.).
"We had a really strong start to the season today going 6-0 versus a seven team field," exclaimed head coach Karen Boyle. "We had a great mix of scoring from across our classes. Two weeks out of Plebe Summer and the Reform of the Brigade and we we're already showing solid team chemistry."
Friday marked the cross country debut of Ostrowski, who participated with Navy's track & field team as a freshman. The newcomer showed no nerves and scorched the field with a 5K time of 17:57.91. Ostrowski's nearest competitor was George Washington's Halley Brown, who came in over 14 seconds behind at 18:12.19.
Grace West (Pinehurst, N.C.) followed up her sophomore classmate with a fifth-place time of 18:19.32.
A close trio of Midshipmen runners within seven seconds of each other in the form of Rachel Fairbanks (Jr., Jamesville, N.Y.) in seventh place at 18:26.54, Ali Valenti (Jr., Lansdale, Pa.) in ninth at 18:30.52 and Lilly Myers (Fr., Erie, Pa.) in tenth at 18:32.91 gave Navy five of the top-10 finishers.
"Claire is in her first year of cross country with us and she's on an incredible roll coming off her third place finish in the outdoor Patriot League Championship in the spring," remarked Boyle. "She took control and pulled away to win the meet today. She had a solid pack running behind with Grace, Rachel, Ali, Lilly, Erin and Allison rounding out our top-seven."
Five more underclassmen helped showcase Navy's dominance as a grand total of 12 Mids finished amongst the top-25 overall individuals. Freshman Josie Korenak (St. Louis, Mo.) came in 16th with a time of 18:49.72, ahead of her classmates Morgan Bollinger (Lockport, Ill.), who had the 19th-best time at 18:55.46 and Caroline Foley (Hockessin, Del.), who clocked in at 18:56.84, good for 21st place. Sophomores Caroline Ascherl (Granville, Iowa) finished 20th at 18:56.33, while Karla Mendoza (Madison, Neb.) was 25th at 19:05.64.
"I'm extremely excited to see how far we can go with this awesome group of talented runners!" exclaimed Boyle.
In the dual scoring format, Navy finished with a 6-0 overall mark. The Mids defeated Mount St. Mary's, 15-50, Franklin Pierce, 15-50, UMBC, 15-50, Maryland, 19-44, American, 21-39 and George Washington, 22-38.
Navy finished with a perfect 6-0 mark to rank first on the seven-team leaderboard. George Washington (4-1-1) and American (4-1-1) tied for second place before Maryland (3-3), UMBC (2-4), Franklin Pierce (1-5) and Mount St. Mary's (0-6) rounded out the field.
Navy will turn its attention to next weekend's Salty Dog Invitational on Saturday, Sept 9 at the United States Naval Academy Golf Course. The women's meet is scheduled to begin at 9:45 a.m.