Women's Cross Country Ready for the Patriot League Championship
Junior Brigid Byrne
Oct. 28, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's cross country team will travel to Bethlehem, Pa., and the campus of Lehigh University for the Patriot League Championship this Saturday at 12 p.m.
Navy at the Patriot League Championship
Navy returns to Bethlehem, Pa., where it last captured the Patriot League title in 2008. The Mids also took home a share of the championship in 2007 when they tied with Bucknell for the top spot.
Navy took fourth place at last season's championship, while Jess Palacio finished third overall. Palacio will look to become Navy's first individual champion since Amy Watson in 2008.
Quoting the Coach
Coach Karen Boyle's take on this weekend's Patriot League Championship...
"It's always exciting to be in the hunt for the championship. The nice thing about hitting it now is that we're healthy. Several of the teams have a top front-runner, but we have great depth in our lineup. We'll be ready to race."
Mids Add Meet to Schedule
Navy has added the ECAC Championship to its schedule, which will take place on Nov. 19 at Van Cortland Park in Bronx, N.Y.
Navy and the USTFCCCA Regional Rankings
The Mids enter the Patriot League Championship ranked sixth in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's (USTFCCCA) Mid-Atlantic region poll.
Navy worked its way up the regional rankings after a preseason No. 9 ranking. The Mids then moved into seventh after the first week and then sixth after the second week, which is where they since have remained .
Since the first week of the season, Navy has been the highest-ranked Patriot League team in any region.
The Last Time Out
Navy runners took six of the top-10 spots as the Mids defeated Army, 25-31, in the Star Meet on Oct. 14 at the West Point Golf Course. Jess Palacio led the field to capture her third individual title of the season.
Brigid Byrne followed in second place, while a pair of freshmen in Shannon Cuthbert and Annie-Norah Beveridge, claimed sixth and seventh place, respectively. Katie Taylor completed Navy's scoring five in ninth place and Mollie Hebda took 10th.
Palacio Sets the Pace
Senior captain Jess Palacio has asserted herself as one of the top runners in the Mid-Atlantic region again this season. Palacio has been Navy's top finisher in all four meets in which she competed and captured the individual titles at the UMES Lid-Lifter Invitational, the JMU Open Invitational and the dual against Army.
The Sun Valley, Nev., native has been named Patriot League Runner of the Week on three occasions this year. Her five weekly conference accolades over the past two seasons are the most by any runner in the league.
One of the major keys to Navy's success this season remains the strong contributions it has received from the freshman class. Annie-Norah Beveridge and Shannon Cuthbert have both placed in the top five for Navy in all five meets this season.
Beveridge was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week on Sept. 12 and 19. Cuthbert claimed the league's weekly honor on Sept. 6 and Oct. 17.
After a week off, Navy will compete at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship on Nov. 12 in Princess Anne, Md.