The UMBC men's and women's cross country squads will compete in the America East Championships on Saturday, Oct. 28 in St. Alban's City, Vermont. The races will take place at the Hard'ack Recreation Area and the University of Vermont will serve as the host institution. The women's 5k race gets underway at 11:00 a.m., while the men's 8k race follows at noon.
Meet Info- America East Championships
Where: Hard'ack Recreation Area, in St. Albans City, Vt. (Host School: Univ. of Vermont)
When: Saturday, October 28 – Women's Race (5k) 11:00 a.m., Men's Race (8k), noon
Defending Champions: New Hampshire (women), Stony Brook (men)
2017 UMBC Finish: Women (5th of 9), Men (8th of 9)
How to Watch: Live video available at AmericaEast.tv
Social Media: @umbcxctr, @UMBCAthletics, @AmericaEast, @AEDigitalNet, #RetrieverNation, #AEChamps #AEXC
Men's Season in Review: The men opened the campaign on Sept. 1 at the Mount St. Mary's 5k duals. Junior Matt Kane (Sykesville, Md./Century) led the squad and posted an eighth-place finish (of 85 competitors). It was the first time in his career that Kane led his teammates across the line. The men posted two dual meet victories and conceded two defeats in the opening competition for all five squads. UMBC defeated the host Mountaineers, 21-39, and Franklin Pierce, 15-50, but fell to American, 16-39, and George Washington, 20-37.
Eight days later, UMBC travelled to Annapolis for the Navy Invitational and produced an outstanding meet. The Retrievers' average time of 25:59.56 over the 8k course was nearly 34 seconds better than last year's mark of 26:33.11. Four Retriever runners placed in the top 15 and that quartet finished within 4.5 seconds of one another. Kane placed 11th in a time of 25:48.00. He edged teammate Urgy Eado (Rockville, Md.), as the senior placed 12th in 25:52.30. Junior Nathan Nadal (Silver Spring, Md.) and senior Rhys Burgett (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) crossed in 14th and 15th respectively in times of 25:52.29 and 25:52.66.
UMBC did not compete again until Sept. 29, when they took part in the Paul Short Run at Lehigh. Eado led the way and placed 97th overall out of a field of 359 finishers, breaking the tape in a time of 24:59.
Most recently, the Retrievers competed in the Princeton Invitational (Oct. 14). For the second consecutive meet, Eado paced the Retrievers, as he completed the 8k course in 25:12.1, good for 63rd place. Nadal was two spots and 2.6 seconds behind Eado.
Last Year's America East Championships: Junior Matt Kingeter (Glencoe, Md./Hereford) paced the host Retrievers with an 18th place finish at the 2016 America East Cross Country Championships in a meet held at Jerusalem Mill and hosted by UMBC. Kingeter covered the difficult 8k course in a time of 25:22.0 and earned his initial first-place finish for his team during his two campaigns. Burgett was the Retrievers' second finisher, coming in 38th position in a time of 26:03.9, while Nadal finished in 49th place (26:17.2).
Post-Season Honor: Kingeter was selected to the 2016 America East Conference Cross Country All-Academic team.
Championship Pedigree: The Retriever men have captured two team titles both on the course at Binghamton University in 2005 and in 2013. UMBC coaching staffs, led by Murray Davis in 2005 and Matt Gittermann in 2013, earned Coach/Staff of the Year honors in those meets. UMBC posted third-place finishes in 2012 and 2014.