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Women's Cross Country Places Third at the Harry Groves Invite

Christina Blair placed 20th on Saturday.


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Navy women's cross country team used a pair of top-10 finishes from Brigid Byrne and Annie-Norah Beveridge to place third as a team at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational on Saturday in University Park, Pa. Host Penn State won the invitational by placing five runners in the top 10, earning a team score of 25. Princeton, ranked 15th in the nation, finished second with 52 points.

Navy, which registered a total of 97 points, edged No. 21 West Virginia for third place as the Mountaineers had a team total of 104 points.

"I'm very pleased with how we ran today. We have a lot of freshmen that are still recovering from plebe summer and are working on their fitness; I was happy with them today," said Navy head coach Karen Boyle.

In her first appearance of the season, Byrne led Navy by posting a time of 21:36 on the 6k course, which was good for seventh place. Beveridge, who garnered medalist honors at the Harry Lang Invitational last weekend, followed Byrne across the finish line in eighth place with a time of 21:47.

"Our front-runners matched up really well with the other school's top runners today," said Boyle.

Sophomore Christina Blair was the third Navy runner to finish as she clocked a time of 22:22, which was good for 20th place overall.

A pair of freshmen rounded out Navy's top five as Kelley Robinson and Autumn Greba finished just one second apart. Robinson turned in a time of 22:42 and Greba a 22:43 to place 30th and 32nd, respectively.



Two more freshmen in Joanna McCoy (23:10) and Meghan Harvey (23:22) finished 39th and 44th, respectively.

"We're young and we're still working on the process of running as a team and that will come together as the season goes on," said Boyle. "Each week we are seeing some progress toward our goal."

Saturday's race was the first of two for Navy in University Park as the Mids will return on Nov. 9 for the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships.

"It was good to see the course today - we're looking forward to coming back in a couple of months."

Navy will be in action at home next Saturday when it hosts the Salty Dog Invitational.

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