June 17, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy women's cross country team has released its 2013 schedule and will open the fall slate on Aug. 30 at the Mount St. Mary's Duals in Emmitsburg, Md. Navy will compete in four invitational meets, followed by duals against Army and Lafayette before the Patriot League Championships.
"With just two meets, the month of September allows us some great training opportunities," said Navy head coach Karen Boyle. "October picks up in intensity, as we gear up for Army and the Patriot League Championships. November will reflect how well we've prepared and how healthy we are as we near NCAA Regionals and the National Championships.
"I like our schedule; it's very challenging and will definitely force us to step up to the next level."
Following the Mids' visit to Mount St. Mary's, which will be their first since 2009, Navy will have a week off before hosting the annual Salty Dog Invitational on Sept. 14. The Mids won their second consecutive Salty Dog Invite last season.
Navy will have another week off prior to competing at the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational on Sept. 28 in Charlottesville, Va.
The Mids will return to a familiar event on Oct. 5 when they travel to Bethlehem, Pa., for the 39th-annual Paul Short Run. Navy will be making its 17th appearance at the event, which annually features some of the top teams in the region. Last season Navy placed 10th out of 40 teams.
Army and Navy will meet in the annual Star Meet on Friday, Oct. 18 at West Point. The Mids have won two consecutive meets against the Black Knights and five of the last seven duals.
Navy will make a stop in Easton, Pa., the following day, Oct. 19, to take on Lafayette in a dual race. The competition will give the Mids a chance to see the course that will be the site of the 2013 Patriot League Championships on Nov. 2. Navy will be looking for its third consecutive league title after topping the eight-team field in each of the last two seasons.
This year's NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships will take place on Nov. 15 in Bethlehem, Pa. The top two teams at the regional championship will each earn one of 18 automatic bids to the NCAA Championships, which will occur Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind.