Sept. 13, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy women's cross country team will host the annual Salty Dog Invitational this Saturday at the U.S.N.A. Golf Club. The Navy men's race is slated to begin at 11 a.m., with the women's race following at approximately 11:30 a.m.
Spectator parking will be available off Greenbury Point Rd. at the golf course and there will be attendants on hand to direct traffic. Fans are encouraged to arrive early.
About the Salty Dog Invitational
Navy will welcome seven teams to Annapolis for this year's Salty Dog Invitational, including three teams ranked in the top 15 in the USTFCCCA's Mid-Atlantic region poll. Maryland is slotted 11th in the most recent poll, while American is 14th and Loyola is 15th. George Washington, Johns Hopkins, UMBC and Malone will also compete this weekend.
Navy is hosting the Salty Dog Open/Invitational for the 11th consecutive year. Prior to the Salty Dog Invitational, the Midshipmen played host to the Navy Invitational six times. The Mids will be looking for fifth fourth invitational title on Saturday, as they were champions in 2002, '04 and '05 and `11.
Last year, Navy won the Salty Dog Invitational by placing five runners in the top-13.
Navy in the USTFCCCA Regional Rankings
The Mids strong showing at the Harry Groves Invitational last weekend bumped them up one slot to sixth in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Mid-Atlantic region rankings. Georgetown, Villanova, Penn State, West Virginia and Princeton are ranked 1-5, respectively.
The Last Time Out
Navy used a pair of top-10 finishes from Brigid Byrne (seventh) and Annie-Norah Beveridge (eighth) to place third as a team at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational. Host Penn State won the invitational by placing five runners in the top 10, earning a team score of 25. Princeton, ranked 15th in the nation, finished second with 52 points. Navy finished with 97 points, edging out 21st-ranked West Virginia for third place.
Navy will travel to Toledo, Ohio, for the Toledo Bubble Buster Invitational on Sept. 21. Several of the nation's top teams are scheduled to compete in the event, including: No. 9 Arkansas, No. 11 Michigan, No. 18 Toledo, No. 19 San Francisco and No. 20 Syracuse.