Women's Cross Country Travels to Lehigh for NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional's
Nov. 14, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Navy women’s cross country prepares for the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals 6K race on Friday, Nov. 15 at Bethlehem, Pa. The meet is hosted by Lehigh University at the Goodman Campus Cross Country Cross and will begin at 1:15 p.m.
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. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind. 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 three of the last four national champions, with Georgetown most recently in 2011 and Villanova in 2009 and '10. The traditionally strong region had three teams place in the top 20 at last year's NCAA Championship, including Georgetown (12th), Penn State (14th), and Villanova (20th).
Four 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. 4, followed by No. 22 Princeton, No. 24 West Virginia, and No. 30 Penn State. Villanova is currently receiving votes.
In the USTFCCCA regional poll, the Mids are ranked No. 10, jumping five spots from 15 after their third-place finish at the 2013 Patriot League Championships. Georgetown, Princeton, West Virginia, Penn State, Villanova, Duquesne, Lehigh, Penn and LaSalle are slotted 1-9, respectively.
Navy competed against teams currently ranked in the top 15 in the Mid-Atlantic region in three 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.
Mount St. Mary’s Dual (Aug. 30) – 1. Navy (10), American (14), 3. Delaware (12)
Salty Dog Invite (Sept. 14) - 1.Navy (10), 3. American (14)
Paul Short Run (Oct. 5) – 1. Georgetown (1), 3. Villanova (5), 8. West Virginia (3), 9. Penn State (4), 14. Duquesne (6), 17. Penn (8), 25. Delaware (12), 26. Lehigh (7), 29. Bucknell (11), 30. La Salle (9), 35. Navy (10), 42. American (14)
Patriot League Championship (Nov. 2) – 2. Lehigh (7), 3. Navy (10), 4. Bucknell (11), 6. American (14)
Navy Places Third at the Patriot League Championships
Kelley Robinson was Navy’s top runner in the League championship, finishing fifth overall with a time of 22:21.86. Annie-Norah Beveridge (22:26.61) crossed the tap five seconds later to grab seventh place. Teammates Christina Blair (22:49.91), Emily Jensen (22:57.87) and Nikki Funkhauser (23:11.81) rounded out the Mids five scorers with 18th, 21st and 30th-place finishes, respectively.
Navy at Last Year's Regional Championship
As a team, the Mids placed seventh at last year's NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship, while Annie-Norah Beveridge received a bid to race in the NCAA Cross Country Championship. Navy has finished seventh, their highest finish since 2000, on three occasions.