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Women's Cross Country Tabbed to Win Patriot League Title

Rachel Slater

Aug. 31, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Navy women's cross country team has been selected as the favorite to claim the 2012 Patriot League championship, it was announced by the conference when it released its preseason poll this week. Navy picked up 11 first-place votes in the poll for a total of 95 points. Bucknell, which narrowly fell to the Mids at last year's championship, came next with 82 points and three first-place votes. Army picked up the remaining two first-place votes and accrued 71 points overall, and was followed in order by Colgate (58), Lehigh (57) and American (39), with Holy Cross and Lafayette tying for seventh with 23 points.

The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) also released its preseason rankings this week. Navy enters the season at seventh in the Mid-Atlantic region preseason poll, which is where the Mids finished at last year's regional championship.

Navy begins the 2012 season on Saturday at the Harry Lang Invitational in Hamilton, N.Y. The meet will mark the first of two trips to Colgate University, as the Mids will return on Oct. 27 to defend their title at the conference championships.

1. Navy (11 first-place votes) 95
2. Bucknell (3) 82
3. Army (2) 71
4. Colgate 58
5. Lehigh 57
6. American 39
7. Lafayette 23
8. Holy Cross 23



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