Sept. 28, 2012
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Navy women's cross country team put together one its best outings of the season on Friday afternoon as it took 10th place at the Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, Pa. The 38th-annual event included three teams ranked in the top-10 national poll, as well as 20 schools that are ranked in the top-15 in their respective United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) regional polls.
Cornell won the event with a team score of 55 points as it had four runners place in the top-13. The Midshipmen posted a team total of 332, which was just a point behind ninth-place New Hampshire.
A total of 360 runners representing 40 teams competed in the Paul Short Run as Navy posted its best finish in the 6k race since also taking 10th place in 2008.
"In an event of this size, there are so many bodies up front at the start of the race, but we were able to run very well in the middle and then finish strong," said Navy head coach Karen Boyle. "I'm very impressed with our times and how fast we were able to finish the race, especially considering the course was muddy and not in ideal shape."
All seven of Navy's scoring runners on Friday posted faster times than the team's top-seven at the event last season.
Annie-Norah Beveridge led all Mids for the fourth time in five meets this season as her time of 20:25 was good enough for 15th place. Captain Brigid Byrne followed 50 seconds later in 42nd place with a time of 21:15. Freshman Kelley Robinson was the first of three freshmen to score points for Navy, as she placed 67th with a time of 21:44.
Sophomore Christina Blair clocked a time of 22:01 to take 91st place and freshman Autumn Greba was Navy's fifth finisher, turning in a 22:19 for 117th. Navy's third freshman in its top-seven was Joanna McCoy, who finished in 22:40 to take 149th. Maria Arnone followed in 165th place with a time of 22:49.
Dartmouth's Abbey D'Agostino claimed medalist honors with a time of 19:58, which was 24 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.
Navy will have a break from competition next weekend, but will return on Oct. 13th to host Army in the Star Meet.