Beveridge Ready for the NCAA Championship
Nov. 16, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy will be represented at the NCAA Women's Cross Country Championship for the second consecutive year when sophomore Annie-Norah Beveridge toes the line at the national meet on Saturday. The 33rd-annual NCAA Championship, hosted by the University of Louisville, will take place at E.P. `Tom' Sawyer State Park on Saturday at noon.
"I'm really excited and it's going to be a great experience," said Beveridge. "I'm starting to think about the race and my strategy. I'm just going to try and be smart and run my own race and not go out too hard."
Beveridge received a bid to this year's national meet by virtue of finishing as one of the top-four runners not associated with an NCAA Championship-qualifying team at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship. Georgetown and Penn State took the Mid-Atlantic region's two automatic bids and Villanova was selected as an at-large team. Three other teams from the region - LaSalle, Princeton and West Virginia - also had individuals receive at-large bids to compete at the NCAA Championship.
Beveridge will be the seventh Mid to compete in the NCAA Championship and is the youngest since Jackie Hayes qualified as a freshman in 1995. Here's a look at how each Navy runner fared at the event:
|Runner ||Year ||Place|
|Jess Palacio ||2011 ||164th|
|Amy Watson||2008  ||153rd|
|Melissa Foon||2000  ||75th|
|Rebecca Cline||1997  ||138th|
|Jackie Hayes||1995  ||99th|
|Kerry O'Neill||1992  ||91st|
The native of Ann Arbor, Mich., was the Patriot League's most decorated runner this season. Beveridge led Navy to its second consecutive conference championship by winning the individual title. She was the No. 1 overall finisher in three meets this season and placed in the top 15 of every race in which she competed. Beveridge was also named the Patriot League Runner of the Week a conference-record five times in 2012.
Saturday's championship race will be Beveridge's ninth meet of the season.
"It will be a little overwhelming at first, I'm sure. But this season has prepared me with a lot of big meets," said Beveridge. "I'm grateful for the opportunity and I hope to represent Navy well."