Women's Cross Country Repeats as Patriot League Champs
Brigid Byrne placed second at the Patriot League Championship.
Oct. 27, 2012
HAMILTON, N.Y.- The Navy women's cross country team placed three runners in the top-six, including the individual champion Annie-Norah Beveridge, and captured its second straight Patriot League title on Saturday in Hamilton, N.Y. The Mids recorded a total of 46 points to win the title, beating out second-place Bucknell, which posted a total of 68, and third-place Army, which registered a team score of 78.
Navy has now captured three outright Patriot League titles in the last five seasons.
"The team really wanted it and we came out and ran an awesome race," said Navy head coach Karen Boyle, who was named Patriot League Coach of the Year. "Our emphasis was to finish strong and we were able to do that. It was a great team effort."
In addition to the team title, it marked the second consecutive year a Mid captured the individual title as Beveridge joined Jess Palacio (2011) and Amy Watson (2008) as Navy's conference champions. Beveridge complted Colgate's 6k course in 21:45.
Finishing right behind Beveridge was senior captain Brigid Byrne, who took second with a time of 22:04.
"Having a 1-2 punch up front was huge," said Boyle. "Annie-Norah and Brigid have been great all year and they showed it again today."
Navy's third finisher was freshman Kelley Robinson, who clocked a 22:55 for sixth place. Robinson has been in Navy's top five in each of the last six meets.
"It was really impressive performance by Kelley today," said Boyle. "She has been so solid and consistent all the way through this year."
Sophomores Maria Arnone (23:40) and Christina Blair (23:44) crossed the finish line consecutively in 18th and 19th, respectively, to complete Navy's top five.
"We packed up well together in the back and were able to hold it together," said Boyle. "Maria and Christina were clutch today."
Beveridge, who was named Patriot League Runner of the Meet, joined Byrne and Robinson on the All-Patriot League first team by placing in the top seven.
Navy will return to action on Nov. 9 when it travels to University Park, Pa., for the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship. The top-two teams at the regional championship will advance to the NCAA Championship.