Women's Cross Country Tops Army to Retain the Star
Brigid Byrne clocked a time of 21:56.9 in Satuday's win over Army.
Oct. 13, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's cross country team got a course-record time from sophomore Annie-Norah Beveridge and defeated Army, 20-40, in the annual Star Meet on Saturday at the U.S.N.A. Golf Club in Annapolis. Navy runners took seven of the top-10 places in the 6k race to pick up their second consecutive win over the Black Knights. The Mids have now won five of the last seven duals between the academies.
Annie-Norah Beveridge established a course record with a time of 21:13.9, easily smashing the old mark of 21:45, set by Keira Carlstrom of American in 2004.
"We're ecstatic. To get seven of the top-10 positions shows the depth of our team," said Navy head coach Karen Boyle. "Annie really finished strong and I'm excited for her. I'm also really proud of our team - this is something that stays with them the rest of their lives."
Beveridge held the top spot throughout the race, but Army's Lisa Junta, who placed second with a time of 21:37.9, stayed close up until the final kilometer.
Navy senior captain Brigid Byrne was the third runner to finish under 22:00, clocking a time of 21:56.9. Christina Blair, who posted a time of 22:20.8, and Kelley Robinson, who clocked a 22:201.2, followed to give Navy four of the top-five spots.
"We've been preaching on packing together, or at least running in pairs, and we were able to do that very well today," said Boyle.
Meghan Harvey was Navy's final scorer, taking 10th with a time of 23:17.7.
The Mids will have next weekend off to prepare for the Patriot League Championships, which will take place on Oct. 27 in Hamilton, N.Y.