Women's Cross Country Travels to the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional
Nov. 8, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's cross country team will compete in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship this Friday in University Park, Pa. The 6k race includes 33 teams and will begin at noon at the Blue-White Golf Courses on the campus of Penn State University.
About the NCAA Regional Championship
The top two teams at the regional championship will each earn one of 18 automatic bids to the NCAA Championship, held on Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky. In addition, 13 teams will receive at-large bids to the NCAA Championship, which will be announced this weekend.
The top-four runners not associated with the top-two finishing teams in Friday's race will earn an automatic individual invite to the NCAA Championship. In addition, two at-large runners will be selected from the remainder of the national pool to compete at the national championship.
The Mid-Atlantic region has produced the last three national champions, with Georgetown last season and Villanova in 2009 and '10. The traditionally strong region had four teams place in the top 15 at last year's NCAA Championship, including Georgetown (first), Villanova (third), West Virginia (eighth) and Penn State (13th).
Three teams enter this Friday's race ranked in the most recent United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCC) national poll. Georgetown is the highest-ranked squad at No. 9, followed by No. 15 Penn State and No. 25 Villanova.
In the USTFCCCA regional poll, the Mids are ranked No. 7. Georgetown, Penn State, Villanova, West Virginia, Princeton and LaSalle are slotted 1-6, respectively.
Navy competed against teams currently ranked in the top 15 in the Mid-Atlantic region in six invitational races this season. Below is a recap of how the Mids fared in each meet against the region's current top-15 teams. The number in parentheses indicates the team's current regional ranking.
Harry Lang Invitational, Sept. 1 - 2. Bucknell (9), 3. Navy (7)
Harry Groves Invitational, Sept. 8 - 1. Penn State (2), 2. Princeton (5), 3. Navy (7), 4. West Virginia (4), 6. Delaware (11), 7. Rutgers (14), 9. St. Joseph's (12)
Salty Dog Invitational, Sept. 15 - 1. Navy (7), 4. Maryland (15)
Toledo Bubble Buster, Sept. 21 - 10. Navy (7), 11. West Virginia (4)
Paul Short Run, Sept. 28 - 3. Georgetown (1), 7. Villanova (3), 10. Navy (7), 16. Penn (10), 19. Delaware (11), 25. Maryland (15), 27. St. Joseph's (12)
Patriot League Championship, Oct. 27 - 1. Navy (7), 2. Bucknell (9)
Navy Claims Second Consecutive Patriot League Title
Navy placed three runners in the top-six, including the individual champion Annie-Norah Beveridge, and captured its second straight Patriot League title. The Mids recorded a total of 46 points to win the title, beating out second-place Bucknell, which posted a total of 68.
Beveridge became the third Mid in program history to win the individual title. Brigid Byrne, who placed second, and Kelley Robinson, who took sixth, both earned a spot on the All-Patriot League first team by placing in the top seven.
Navy at Last Year's NCAA Regional
The Midshipmen posted their best finish since 2000 as they placed seventh at last year's regional championship in Princess Anne. Jess Palacio earned her second All-Mid Atlantic Region honor by placing 12th.