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Women's Cross Country Looking to Repeat as Conference Champions

Captain Brigid Byrne

Oct. 25, 2012

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's cross country team will travel to Hamilton, N.Y., this Saturday in search of its second consecutive Patriot League championship. Saturday's conference championship race is slated to begin at 11 a.m. at the Harry Lang Cross Country Course on the campus of Colgate University.

Navy and the Patriot League Championships
The Mids are hoping to claim their fourth championship in the last six seasons. Navy shared the title with Bucknell in 2007 and then won it outright in both 2008 and 2011.

Last season in Bethlehem, Pa., Jess Palacio became Navy's first individual champion since Amy Watson in 2008 as the Mids narrowly clipped Bucknell, 53-56, to claim the league title. Brigid Byrne (ninth), Annie-Norah Beveridge (10th), Shannon Cuthbert (16th) and Katie Taylor (17th) were Navy's top-five runners.

With the Navy men also winning, it marked the second time since 2008 both squads won their respective titles in the same year.

Quoting the Coach
Coach Karen Boyle's take on this weekend's championship...

"We're excited for this race because we know it will be a tough battle as every team has some really strong front-runners. Fortunately, everyone on our team is healthy and I feel like we're peaking at the right time."

Navy Against Patriot League Competition This Season
Navy competed against Patriot League teams in two meets this season. Excluding the Army-Navy dual, below is a meet-by-meet breakdown of how Navy fared against fellow opponents from the conference.

Harry Lang Invite (Sept. 1) - 2. Bucknell (122), 3. Navy (67), 5. Colgate (147), 6. Holy Cross (156), 7. American (200)



Paul Short Invite (Sept. 28) - 10. Navy (332), 23. Army (654)

Navy and USTFCCCA Rankings
The Mids enter this weekend's Patriot League Championship ranked sixth in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's (USTFCCCA) Mid-Atlantic region poll. Navy was previously ranked seventh but moved up one spot after soundly defeating Army in the Star Meet.

Bucknell (No. 10) is the only other Patriot League school ranked in the region.

Beveridge's Breakout Year
Sophomore Annie-Norah Beveridge has been Navy's top finisher in each of the last four meets and in five of six this season. The native of Ann Arbor, Mich., has been named the Patriot League Runner of the Week a conference-record five times this season. She has placed in the top 15 of all six meets this season.

Rookies Rising
Navy's freshman class has significantly contributed to the success of the team this season. In five of six races in 2012, at least two rookies have finished among Navy's top-five. Kelley Robinson, who has been in Navy's top-five in each of the last five meets, has been named Patriot League Rookie of the Week on two occasions this season.

Up Next
Navy will head to University Park, Pa., for the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals on Nov. 9.

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