Navy Finishes First at Salty Dog Invitational
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy women’s cross country team won the 2017 Salty Dog Invitational on Saturday morning. Racing as one of eight teams on the United States Naval Academy Golf Course, the Mids used five top-10 finishes to win the team title with 29 points. Claire Ostrowski (So., Virginia Beach, Va.) and Emily Craig (Fr., Reistertown, Md.) led Navy individual as the duo ranked in second and third place, respectively.
“I was really impressed with the fact that we were behind Maryland at the two-mile mark as we were in a two-team pack race,” remarked head coach Karen Boyle. “We did a fantastic job of filling in the gaps and working over the final mile through ‘Bertha’ and the ‘roller coaster’ for the win. Everybody worked really hard through the last mile to seal the win."
In the race for individual supremacy, Ostrowski and Craig battled with Maryland’s Emily Bracher down the stretch. At the conclusion of the 6K competition, Bracher came out on top with a time of 22:28.45. Ostrowski and Craig were close together at 22:45.47 and 22:47.93. Terrapin runners finished in fourth and fifth place, but the Mids claimed sixth, eighth and 10th positions to go ahead in team scoring. Maryland’s fourth runner didn’t finish until 18th place. That differential helped Navy win the points battle, 29 to 47 over Maryland. American (56), Towson (108) and UMBC (138) rounded out the top-five, while St. Mary’s Md. (199), McDaniel (210) and Bowie State (242) finished in sixth, seventh and eighth.
Ali Valenti (Jr., Lansdale, Pa.), Erin McDonnell (Jr., Traverse City, Mich.) and Rachel Fairbanks (Jr., Jamesville, N.Y.) were the Mids that finished in the top-10 for Navy with respective times of 23:00.65, 23:07.58 and 23:19.47.
“We did intervals through the course on Tuesday so everyone knew what to expect,” said Boyle. “The team said that they felt better in the last 1,000 today than they did in the interval work outs earlier this week. That worked out great.”
Navy will be back in action next Friday at the William & Mary College Invitational with a 6:00 p.m. meet.