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Women's Cross Country To Compete With Top Teams at Paul Short Run

Sophomore Christina Blair

Sept. 27, 2012

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's cross country team will compete for the fifth consecutive week this Friday when it takes part in the annual Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, Pa. Navy will compete in the women's Gold Race, which will start at 11:45 a.m.

About the Paul Short Run
The Paul Short Run is in its 38th season and Navy is making its 16th appearance at the event. In Navy's last trip to the event in 2011, the Mids placed 15th out of 45 teams.

This year's Gold Race features 20 teams that are ranked in the top-15 in their respective United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) regional polls. It also includes three nationally ranked programs in No. 4 Georgetown, No. 7 Providence and No. 9 Villanova.

In addition to Navy, seven of the Mid-Atlantic region's top-15 teams will be participating in the race, including: No. 7 Duquesne, No. 12 St. Joseph's, No. 14 Maryland, No. 9 Penn, No. 11 Delaware, No. 2 Villanova and No. 1 Georgetown. Navy is slotted seventh in the Mid-Atlantic region.

For a complete list of the competing teams, click here.

The Last Time Out
Navy prepped for this weekend's competition by taking part in the Toledo Bubble Buster last Friday, which featured four teams that are currently ranked in the USTFCCCA national top-30 poll. The Mids placed 10th in the meet and were led by sophomore Annie-Norah Beveridge, who took 14th out of 172 individuals in the race. Brigid Byrne (50th), Christina Blair (66th), Kelley Robinson (72nd) and Autumn Greba (91st) completed Navy's top five.

Navy in the USTFCCCA Rankings
Navy dropped one slot and is currently seventh in this week's USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic region rankings. Georgetown, Villanova, Penn State, West Virginia, Princeton and Duquesne are ranked 1-6 in the region, respectively.



Beveridge Honored Again; Robinson Receives Rookie Honor
For the second straight week, sophomore Annie-Norah Beveridge was named the Patriot League M-F Athletic Runner of the Week. Beveridge has been Navy's top finisher in three of four meets this season and was named the conference's runner of the week on all three occasions.

Freshman Kelley Robinson was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for her performance at last weekend's Bubble Buster. She was the first Mid to earn the award since Shannon Cuthbert last season.

Rookie Impact
The Mids have received significant contributions from their younger runners this season, especially the freshman class. In all four meets this season, at least three rookies have been a part of Navy's top-seven runners. Autumn Greba is the only freshman that has scored for Navy in all four meets.

Up Next
Navy will have next weekend off, but will return to action on Oct. 13 when it hosts Army in the annual Star Meet.

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