State College, Pa.-- The UMBC men's cross country team finished in 7th place at the 2014 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional, their best finish in program history. Junior Hassan Omar (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) finished in 32nd place to lead the Retrievers.
Omar crossed the tape in a time of 30:59 on the 10k course in Happy Valley. Omar was followed by junior Austin Hayslett (Mount Airy, Md./Urbana) and senior Noah Hutton (Whitehall, Md./North Harford/Philadelphia U). Hayslett continued his strong campaign with a 47th place finish in 31:21. Hutton finished just two seconds behind Hayslett in 50th with a time of 31:23.
Senior Eric Schuler (Columbia, Md./Reservoir) and sophomore Jon Luckin (Parkton, Md./Hereford) rounded the Retriever runners, with Schuler finishing with a time of 31:34 (58th) and Luckin finishing in 31:43 (61st).
This was the best finish for the Retrievers at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals. Last year UMBC broke the top ten for the first time ever when they finished 9th. This year Coach Gittermann led his team to a 7th place finish.
Villanova won the event for the second year in a row. The Wildcats had all of their finishers finish in the top 30. Matt Fischer of Penn State won the event with a time of 30:16.