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Women's Cross Country Ready For Tough Test on Friday

Captain Brigid Byrne

Sept. 20, 2012

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - After taking first place in its home invitational last weekend, the Navy women's cross country team will travel to Toledo, Ohio on Friday for what should be its toughest test of the season to date. The Mids will compete in the Toledo Inter-Regional Bubble Buster, which will include four of the nation's top-25 teams.

About the Toledo Bubble Buster
This year's Toledo Bubble Buster is comprised of 14 teams representing nine conferences. The field features four teams ranked in the latest national top-25 poll, including No. 22 Syracuse, No. 23 San Francisco, No. 25 West Virginia and the host Rockets, which are currently 18th. Butler, Ohio, Eastern Michigan, Columbia, BYU, Portland, Lipscomb, UNC Charlotte and Iowa round out the field.

The race will take place at the Ottawa Park Golf Course at approximately 6:10 p.m.

The Last Time Out
Navy claimed its second consecutive Salty Dog Invitational in Annapolis last Saturday as the Mids posted a team score of 29 points, edging second-place Johns Hopkins by 12. The seven-team meet was also scored as a double dual, giving the Mids a 6-0 record on the season.

Annie-Norah Beveridge and Brigid Byrne placed second and third, respectively, to lead the Mids, while Christina Blair and Kelley Robinson took sixth and seventh. Joanna McCoy finished in 11th place to complete Navy's top-five.

Beveridge Honored Again by League
Sophomore Annie-Norah Beveridge picked up her second M-F Athletic Patriot League Runner of the Week honor for her runner-up showing at last weekend's Salty Dog Invite. The Ann Arbor, Mich., native was in the lead pack the entire 6k race and her time of 21:52 tied for the fifth-fastest in course history and was just two seconds behind the first-place finisher.



Navy in the USTFCCCA Rankings
Navy remains in sixth place in this week's United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Mid-Atlantic region rankings. Navy began the week in seventh, but moved up one slot after finishing third at the Harry Groves Invite on Sept. 8. Georgetown, Villanova, Penn State, Princeton and West Virginia are ranked 1-5 in the region, respectively.

Up Next
Navy will compete at the Paul Short Run on Sept. 28 in Bethlehem, Pa.

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