Nov. 18, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy women's cross country team will compete in its final meet of the season this Saturday when it travels to New York for the ECAC Championship. Senior Jess Palacio will not partake in Saturday's race, as she will compete in the NCAA Championship on Monday in Terre Haute, Ind.
About the ECAC Championship
Saturday's 5k ECAC Championship race will begin at 11:15 a.m. and take place at historic Van Cortland Park in Bronx, N.Y. While the Navy men competed at Van Cortland Park earlier this season, Saturday's event will be the first appearance at the famed course for the women's team since winning the Fordham Invitational in 2008.
In addition to Navy, the teams competing in Saturday's invitational include: Columbia, Duquesne, Iona, James Madison, LaSalle, Liberty, Princeton, St. Joseph's, Syracuse, and William & Mary. While Georgetown and Villanova qualified for the NCAA Championship, both are scheduled to also have runners competing in Saturday's event.
Mids Place Seventh at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship
Navy posted its best finish since 2000 at this year's NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship as it placed seventh in a field that included four teams ranked in the nation's top-30 poll.
Jess Palacio led all Mids as she placed 12th to earn All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors for the second consecutive year. After the region's third and fourth-place teams received at-large bids to the NCAA Championship, Palacio also received in invitation to compete at the national championship.
Brigid Byrne (37th), Annie-Norah Beveridge (42nd), Katie Taylor (52nd) and Shannon Cuthbert (57th) completed Navy's scoring five.
Mids Looking for Their Fifth Invitational Title of the Season
Entering this weekend, Navy has won a total of four invitational titles in 2011, which is the most in a season by a Navy team under coach Karen Boyle
. Navy opened the season by winning three invites in consecutive weekends, including: the UMES Lid-Lifter Invitational (first of eight teams), the James Madison Invitational (first of five teams) and the Salty Dog Invitational (first of 11 teams). The Mids' Patriot League championship on Oct. 29 gave them their fourth title of the season.