BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania. – The Navy women’s cross-country team continued their successful campaign in 2021 as the Mids started playoff action on Sunday with a 2021 Patriot League championship victory over Goodman Campus cross-country from Lehigh University. Building on the momentum of its victory over the Army two weeks ago, the Navy used a similar pack strategy and passed Boston University in the second half of the race and placed its five runners scoring in the top 12 14.7 seconds apart from each other as the Mids finished with 47 points versus 52 for the Terriers. Directed by Elizabeth sullivan (Jr., Portsmouth, RI) and Ellie Abraham (So Brookings, SD) finishing within 0.3 seconds of each other in seventh and eighth place, respectively, Navy won its fifth title in program history and the first since 2012.
“We started the race today with a plan and the women held themselves accountable from start to finish,” said the head coach. Kim lewnes. “It was a complete team effort. I’m so impressed with the 21 second gap one to six.
“Our team has worked really hard for this. We have been aiming for a Patriot League championship since fall 2019. We did not have the opportunity to participate in the 2020 championship last year, which made us even more hungry. I’m so proud of these women! “
The 6 km race on the Goodman course began with Boston University holding a 16 point lead over the Navy at the one mile checkpoint, 32-48. Both teams had four runners in the top 10, although the Terriers saw their duo of Corinne Batsu and Andrea Claeson sitting in first and second. Abraham and Sullivan were almost in stride with the BU pair as they clocked 0.3 and 0.4 seconds behind with times of 5: 50.3 and 5: 50.4, respectively, good for fourth and fifth. places. Team captain Jessica nangle (Sr., Southampton, PA) and Emilie Boutin (So., Chicopee, Mass.) Were the third and fourth Midshipmen to pass the mile mark in ninth and tenth places, respectively.
The Boston-Navy rivalry continued into the next segment of the race as the same two teams placed first and second at the two-mile mark, with the Terriers ahead 34-51 over the Mids. Abraham stayed in the lead as she scored with a split time of 11: 32.2 just 0.4 seconds behind Army Georgia Jones, who paced the field. Sullivan and Nangle were within five seconds of Abraham as the duo completed the top 10. A little further into the field, Winter boese (Jr., Clark, Colorado), Boutin and Maddie Warrender (Sr., Mount Wolf, Pa) began to integrate a group of teams in 13th, 16th and 17th places at the two mile checkpoint.
In the latter half of the race, Navy made its way to the top spot in the team standings as the Mids’ pack strategy dominated the individual standings. Initially behind Boston when the Terriers had individual third, fourth and fifth places, a trailer of Mids led by Sullivan began to cross the finish line back to back in seventh, eighth and ninth places. Sullivan finished the 6 km race with a time of 21: 45.4, 0.3 seconds ahead of Abraham, who finished in 21: 45.7. Boese was the third Navy runner to finish as she was ninth at 21: 52.8. After Lafayette’s Autumn Sands came in tenth, Navy clinched the team title with three other Midshipmen riders sprinting across the finish line in the form of Warrender (21: 56.2), Boutin (22:03 , 4) and Nangle (22: 06.0). That streak of 11th, 12th and 13th concluded Navy’s score with 47 points, as BU did not complete its five-person score before Madeline Bachmann broke through to 21st place for a total of 52 points.
The final standings saw Navy in first place with 47 points, Boston in second with 52 and Army in third with 70 points. Bucknell and Lehigh rounded out the top five with team scores of 119 and 160 points, respectively. Holy Cross (191), Lafayette (194), Loyola (204), Colgate (226) and American (298) completed the conference rankings.
At the post-competition awards ceremony, the top six Mids all won All-Patriot League nods with Sullivan named in the first team and Abraham, Boese, Warrender, Boutin and Nangle honored in the second. team. The six All-Patriot League winners are the second in program history, behind the 2008 Navy team which won seven runner awards. In addition, the head coach Kim lewnes was named the Patriot League Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year.
The Navy will continue its playoff action on Friday, Nov. 12 with the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship. The Mids will be looking to recreate today’s result as they will race the same cross country course at the Goodman campus.
Patriot Navy League Championship Titles
2007 (Co-Champions), 2008, 2011, 2012, 2021