ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy men’s and women’s cross country teams return to action Friday night as midshipmen host the Navy Invitational at the USNA cross country course in Annapolis. The women’s 6K starts at 6:00 p.m. with the men’s 4.9 mile race at 6:30 p.m. Additionally, there will be an open 5K at 5:00 p.m. with an alumni mile at 7:20 p.m.
Live results will be available from M&D Timing.
Last weekend, the contenders competed in Penn State’s Spiked Shoe Invitational. The women’s cross country team finished third overall, while the men’s team finished fifth. On the women’s side, seniors Elizabeth Sullivan (Portsmouth, RI) and Junior Emilie Boutin (Chicopee, Mass.) paced the Mids runners with a pair of top-15 performances in the 6K competition, while Alexander Kirkland (Bel Air, Md.) finished top of the Mids in the men’s, with a time of 26:21.9 in the 5.2 mile race.
Meet the participants
Navy, George Mason, George Washington, Hagerstown CC, Howard, Loyola, Maryland, McDaniel, Richmond, Rowan and UMBC
Sullivan and Kezal earn weekly Patriot League honors
The Patriot League announced its weekly Cross Country Honors and Navy Runners Elizabeth Sullivan (Portsmouth, RI) and Mia Claire Kezal (Saco, Maine) were selected as Runner and Rookie of the Week, respectively. The duo helped Navy finish third at Penn State’s Spiked Shoe Invitational. The contenders finished with 80 points as a team, finishing behind Syracuse (21 points) and meeting host Penn State (54).
Sullivan was the Navy’s top finisher at the Penn State Spiked Shoe Invite. She finished 11th overall in the individual competition with a time of 21:33.5 – just 1.5 seconds off the top 10. The senior had the fastest time in a 6km race of any contender this season by 19 seconds.
Kezal was the Navy’s top freshman finisher at the competition, posting a time of 21:54.3 in the 6km race. His time was the best freshman time for the Navy and the sixth-best among freshmen in the competition—best among Patriot League competitors. The rookie finished 24th overall, earning 20 points from Navy to help the Midshipmen finish third overall in the team standings. Kezal’s time is the best freshman performance of the season for the Navy at nearly a minute (58.2 seconds).
Last outing (WOMEN):
All five Navy women’s cross country runners finished in the top 30 to lead the contenders to a third-place finish at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational at Penn State Golf Course in University Park, Pennsylvania Senior Elizabeth Sullivan (Portsmouth, RI) and Junior Emilie Boutin (Chicopee, Mass.) led the Mids runners with a pair of top-15 performances in the 6K meet.
Competing in his first race of the season, Sullivan clocked a team best time of 21:33.5 to finish 11th overall, while Boutin was less than a second off the pace in 12th with a time of 21:34.0 . Ellie Abraham (Brookings, SD) was just behind the pack in 17th with a time of 21:38.2 to score 14 points.
First-year student Mia Claire Kezal (Saco, Maine) crossed the finish line in a time of 21:54.3 in his first collegiate meeting to finish 24th overall and score 20 points for the contenders. First-year student Sophie Compton (San Diego, Calif.), who won the Salisbury Fall Classic last week, cut their 6k time to 22:18.9 to complete Navy’s score. Emilie Ettrich (Whispering Pines, North Carolina) and Caroline Thurlby (Overland Park, Kan.) rounded out the top 7 Mids with times of 22:20.6 and 22:23.5, respectively.
Last outing (MEN):
The Navy men’s cross country team recorded a fifth-place finish at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational at Penn State Golf Course in University Park, Pa. Alexander Kirkland (Bel Air, Md.) finished top of the Mids, with a time of 26:21.9 in the 5.2 mile race.
Ryan O’Dea (Louisville, Ky.) finished 10 seconds behind Kirkland with a time of 26:31.3, while Jack Rooney (Raleigh, NC) was third for the Mids with a time of 26:37.1. Nicolas Valdivieso and Ben Countiss (Houston, Texas) rounded out Navy’s top five with times of 26:43.6 and 26:46.3, respectively. Justin Mumford (New Baden, Ill.) clocked 26:51.4 in his second collegiate race, while Mitchell Rome (Dallas, Pennsylvania) clocked 26:51.4 in his first collegiate action. the 2022 season.