Women's Cross Country Takes Seventh at the NCAA Regional
Nov. 9, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - For the second consecutive year, the Navy women's cross country team placed seventh at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship. Navy finished with a total of 202 points in Friday's race in University Park, Pa. No. 15 Penn State (61 points) and No. 9 Georgetown (63 points) placed first and second, respectively, earning the region's two automatic team bids to the NCAA Championship. Villanova's Nicky Akande won the individual title with a time of 20:14.
For the seventh consecutive race this season, sophomore Annie-Norah Beveridge and senior Brigid Byrne were Navy's top-two finishers. Beveridge placed ninth as she completed the 6k course in 20:37, while Byrne clocked a time of 21:23 to take 25th. By both placing in the top-25, Beveridge and Byrne earned All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors.
Beveridge's ninth-place finish was the best by a Mid at the regional championship since Melissa Foon took third in 2000. With the possibility of Friday's third-place team, Villanova, receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship, Beveridge still has the chance to receive an individual at-large bid to compete at the national championship. Both the team and individual bids will be announced on Saturday afternoon.
"Today was a great team effort and we're really excited to have two runners named to the all-region team," said Navy head coach Karen Boyle. "Our goal is to get the team closer to getting to the top five in the region. We've got a young team with just one senior, so just about everyone will be back next year. We're definitely making huge strides toward getting to the NCAA Championships."
Freshman Kelley Robinson wrapped up a strong rookie campaign as Navy's third finisher on Friday. She completed the course in 21:46 to take 38th overall. Sophomore Christina Blair finished 0:16 later in 46th place.
Sophomore Emily Jensen was Navy's fifth finisher, placing 82nd with a time of 22:42.
"We had a successful season. We won the Patriot League title, defeated Army and performed well today," said Boyle.