West Windsor, N.J. – UMBC's top five finishers placed within 52 seconds of one another as the Retrievers concluded the cross country regular season in cool, overcast conditions at the Princeton Invitational. Twenty-one schools and 205 competitors took part in the morning's competition.
UMBC competes at the America East Championships in two weeks at the University of Vermont.
For the second consecutive meet, senior Urgy Eado (Rockville, Md.) paced the Retrievers, as he completed the 8k course in 25:12.1, good for 63rd place. Junior Nathan Nadal (Silver Spring, Md.) was two spots and 2.6 seconds behind Eado, also two seconds behind his 8k time at Lehigh University two weeks ago.
Senior Rhys Burgett (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) also cracked the top 100, placing 93rd overall with a mark of 25:37. Junior Matthew Kane (Sykesville, Md./Century) (117th, 26:00) and sophomore Matt Bennett (Dunkirk, Md./Northern) (120th, 26:03) rounded out the scoring for the Retrievers.
UMBC placed 17th overall, with 458 points. The host Princeton Tigers (44) won the meet and America East rival Stony Brook placed third (114).
Eado and Kane each posted a pair of first-place finishes for the Retrievers in the four meets.