NEW ORLEANS – After taking 13th overall out of 47 teams in the Gold Division at the Paul Short Run, the UMBC men's cross country team has jumped to ninth in the Mid-Atlantic Region in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll, the organization announced on Monday afternoon.
The ninth-place ranking is the highest-ever for the Retrievers in program history and marks a four-place jump after sitting in 13th each of the last two weeks.
Princeton, Georgetown, Villanova, and LaSalle occupy the top-four spots for the second straight week, while Navy climbed from fifth to seventh.
Sophomore Redatu Semeon (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) led the Black and Gold across the line at Lehigh, recording a career-best 8k time of 25:02 to tie teammate Eric Schuler (Columbia, Md./Reservoir) for the tenth-fastest time in school history. Semeon placed 65th overall and was followed closely by classmate Hassan Omar (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) and senior Jake Albino (Hampton, N.Y./Minisink Valley).
This season, the Retrievers have built on their 2012 success by winning the America East Pre-Conference Meet back on Sept. 7 at Binghamton and following it up with a fourth-place finish at the Navy Invitational. Schuler took the top individual spot at the America East race by recording the second-fastest time in course history (25:33.2). Then, at Navy, Omar paced the Retrievers with a career-best 8k time of 24:54.90 for an 11th-place finish.
UMBC has this coming weekend off before traveling to New Jersey for the Princeton Invitational on Oct. 19.