NEW ORLEANS – Following a fourth place finish at the Navy Invitational this past weekend, the UMBC men's cross country team has moved up one spot from last week to No. 13 in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association(USTCCCA) Mid-Atlantic Poll, the organization announced on Monday afternoon.
The poll's top-three of Princeton, Georgetown, and Villanova remains unchanged from the previous week while LaSalle jumped to number four and Penn State slid back to the fifth spot.
So far this season, the Retrievers have earned two top-five team finishes, winning the America East Pre-Conference Meet at Binghamton on Sept. 7 before the placing fourth in Annapolis this past Saturday.
Junior Eric Schuler (Columbia, Md./Reservoir) led the Retrievers across the line at the season-opening meet, recording the second-fastest time (25:33.1) in the 8k course's 13-year Division I era. Sophomores Redatu Semeon (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) and Hassan Omar (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) also earned top-five individual finishes as the Retrievers nudged out the host Bearcats for the team title.
This past weekend, Omar recorded a career-best run, pacing the Black and Gold with an 8k time of 24:54.90 to move to fourth all-time in program history. In all, 11 Retriever runners finished under the 26-minute mark to set a new school record.
UMBC now has a lengthy break from competition before heading to Lehigh for the Paul Short Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 5.