Sept. 15, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
Strong performances from its top runners helped the Navy women's cross country team claim the Salty Dog Invitational on Saturday at the U.S.N.A. Golf Club. The Mids posted a team score of 29 points, edging second-place Johns Hopkins by 12, to take its second straight Salty Dog title. The win also gives Navy a 6-0 record on the season as the meet was scored as a double dual as well.
"I liked that we were aggressive from the start today," said Navy head coach Karen Boyle. "We also did well toward the end of the race as we worked well to pack up. It was a very strong performance by our entire team."
Leading the way for Navy on the 6k course were sophomore Annie-Norah Beveridge and senior captain Brigid Byrne as they finished in second and third place, respectively. Beveridge's 21:52 tied for the fifth-fastest time in course history, while Byrne's 22:07 was the fourth-quickest time by a Navy runner on the course.
"Annie-Norah and Brigid have consistently been running together this season," said Boyle. "Having two runners out in front allows them to easily work together."
Hannah Oneda of Johns Hopkins won the individual title with a time of 21:50.
Holly Clarke (22:10) of Hopkins and Tina Oprean (22:37) of Malone crossed in the fourth and fifth places, respectively, just ahead of Navy's next two finishers. Sophomore Christina Blair (22:49) and freshman Kelley Robinson (22:52) sealed the sixth and seventh spots for the Mids. Another freshman, Joanna McCoy (23:02), was the fifth Mid to cross the finish line, taking 11th place.
Autumn Greba made it three consecutive freshman finishers for Navy as she claimed 13th with a time of 23:07. Emily Jensen gave Navy seven runners in the top 16 as she clocked a time of 23:14.
Following the Blue Jays' second-place total of 41 points was Malone, which took third with 101. Maryland (121), Loyola (143), George Washington (145) and UMBC (149) rounded out the meet.
Next week, Navy will head to Ohio for the Toledo Bubble Buster. The event will certainly be a good test for the Mids as it feature several teams ranked in the nation's top-25.
"I think we're getting much more confident and we seem to be getting more consistent throughout the entire race," said Boyle. "We'll have to be ready for next week."