Beveridge Finishes 116th at the NCAA Championship
Nov. 17, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In the first NCAA Women's Cross Country Championship appearance of her career, Navy sophomore Annie-Norah Beveridge placed 116th out of 253 runners on Saturday at Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. Oregon won the 33rd-annual NCAA Championship, while Iowa State's Betsy Saina claimed the individual title with a time of 19:27.9.
"It was a tough race and everyone when out really fast," said Beveridge. "It was fun being on the line before the race. I was excited and a little nervous, but not as nervous as I am before an Army-Navy meet."
Beveridge completed the rolling 6k course in a time of 20:53.3. It marked the fist time since World War II the NCAA Division I championship took place on a Saturday instead of a Monday.
"It was a great experience," said Beveridge. `I'm definitely motivated to get back here."
Beveridge's finish was the best by a Mid at the national championship race since Melissa Foon placed 75th in 2000.
Saturday's race capped stellar sophomore season for Beveridge. The Ann Arbor, Mich., native led Navy to its second consecutive conference championship by winning the individual title. She was the No. 1 overall finisher in three meets this season and was named the Patriot League Runner of the Week a conference-record five times in 2012.