Both the UMBC's men's and women's cross country teams take part in the 45th edition of the Paul Short Run, presented by ASICS, this Saturday, September 29. Lehigh University hosts the largest intercollegiate cross country meet in the nation at its Goodman Campus with approximately 6,000 athletes from nearly 450 colleges and high schools slated to compete this year.
The 2018 running of Paul Short features a deep and talented field from across the nation and all three NCAA divisions. The UMBC men take part in the Gold Race, which gets underway at 11:00 a.m., while the women run in the Brown Race, at 1:00 p.m.
For the men's Gold Race, Mid-Atlantic ranked schools such as Penn, Saint Joseph's, Lehigh, La Salle and American will see action. UMBC will also run alongside America East foes Albany, New Hampshire and Vermont.
The UMBC women will be competing in the College Brown Race, which will feature America East rivals Binghamton and Hartford and local rivals Towson and Mount St. Mary's.
Meet results will be available on www.umbcretrievers.com and via Twitter @umbcxctr.
Worth Noting, Ladies First
- Freshman Morgan Casey (Silver Spring, Md./Montgomery-Blair) paced the women in the opening meet at Mount St. Mary's on August 31. Casey crossed the tape in 14th position overall in a time of 19:50.91.
- Senior Kelsey Ponton (Laurel, Md./Reservoir) led the Retrievers at the Salty Dog Invitational at the Naval Academy on Sept. 13. She crossed the tape in 12th place overall, slicing well over a minute off her time from a year ago over the 6k course.
- At last year's Paul Short Run, a pair of then-sophomores, Kaya Knake (Canton, Mich.) and Briana Roberts (Pennsauken, N.J,) led UMBC women's cross country's effort in the Brown division. Knake bested the 23-minute mark and placed 62nd overall (198 finishers) in a time of 22:58. Roberts came in eight spots behind, with a mark of 23:07 in the 6k race.
And the Gentlemen
- UMBC junior Brian Cave (Sykesville, Md./South Carroll) turned in the best performance of his career, leading the Retrievers with an impressive sixth-place finish at the season-opening Mount St. Mary's Duals on August 31. Cave nearly bested the 16-minute mark, posting a time of 16:01.89.
- Senior Nathan Nadal (Silver Spring, Md./Wootton) placed fourth overall, breaking up a quintet of Navy runners to cross the line in UMBC's most recent competition, the Navy Invite on Sept. 13. Nadal completed the 8k course in 25:58.73 in less than ideal conditions at the USNA Golf Course.
- Nadal is UMBC's leading returning competitor from last year's Paul Short Run. He placed in the top half of the field in a time of 25:12. UMBC's total time of 2:06.16 was over two minutes faster than the 2016 mark of 2:08.31. The Retrievers placed 31st of the 40 competing men's squads in the top collegiate division.
- Both squads will compete in the Princeton Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 13, the final prep before the America East Championships.