Oct. 14, 2011
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The Navy women's cross country team took six of the top-10 spots as it defeated Army, 25-31, in the Star Meet on a rainy Friday afternoon at the West Point Golf Course. Navy has now won four of the last six duals between the two programs.
"Today was just a great team effort for the win and I'm so proud of them," said Navy head coach Karen Boyle. "Army ran really tough - we had to run an exceptional race and we left everything out there."
As she has done in every meet in which she has competed since last season, senior captain Jess Palacio led all Navy runners by taking first place. Palacio, stayed with the pack early on, but eventually broke away to extend her lead and finished with a time of 20:49.
"Once Jess helped get the team through the challenging part of the course early on, she was confident and stepped it up," said Boyle.
Brigid Byrne continued her solid junior campaign as she followed Palacio in second place with a time of 21:27 - edging Army's Elizabeth O'Donnell, who finished just four seconds later in third place.
Two more Black Knights, Chelsea Prahl (21:31.5) and Marcie Nordt (21:41.1), placed fourth and fifth, respectively, before a pair of Navy freshmen broke through.
Shannon Cuthbert (21:59.7) and Annie-Norah Beveridge (22:03.4), who have been Navy's top-two newcomers all season, didn't miss a beat in their first-career Star Meet as they placed sixth and seventh, respectively.
"Shannon and Annie-Norah stayed together all race and did a great job," said Boyle.
Senior Katie Taylor had another strong run as she rounded out Navy's top five and placed ninth with a time of 22:11.4.
Classmate Mollie Hebda
crossed the finish line in 22:12.4 to complete the top 10.
"Our upperclassmen provided great leadership and everybody was so tough and resilient," said Boyle.
Navy is now 15-11 (.570) all-time against Army.
The Mids will be off next weekend to prepare for the Patriot League Championship, which will take place on Oct. 29 in Bethlehem, Pa.