Nov. 8, 2011
Link to Patriot League Release
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy women's cross country runners Brigid Byrne and Katie Taylor were both voted to the Academic All-Patriot League team, it was announced by the conference on Tuesday. The seven-member team is voted on by the league's sports information contacts.
Byrne, a junior, is now a two-time Academic All-Patriot League honoree after also garnering the award last season. The Vienna, Va., native has been one of the team's top-three runners in all five meets this season, and placed in the top six, overall, on four occasions. She earned Second Team All-Patriot League honors after placing ninth at the conference championship on Oct. 29.
In the classroom, Byrne currently boasts a 3.87 GPA. The English major was named to the Superintendant's List and Commandant's List in all four previous semesters heading into this school year.
Taylor has also been a key player in Navy's success this season as she has four top-10 finishes and has scored for the Mids in four meets. The native of Salem, Ore., ensured Navy's Patriot League title as she completed the Mids' top five by placing 17th at the championship meet.
Taylor is an ocean engineering major and currently has a 3.59 GPA. She has been named to the Commandant's List five times and twice to the Superintendant's List. Taylor, who has also earned a spot on Dean's List while at the Naval Academy, was chosen to Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in 2009 and '10.
The Academic All-Patriot League Team was added for all sports last season to honor additional student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honor.
Byrne, Taylor and the rest of the Navy women's cross country team are gearing up for the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship, which will be held this Saturday at 1:15 p.m. in Princess Anne, Md.