PRINCETON, N.J.óThe UMBC menís and womenís cross country teams competed in the Princeton Invitational Saturday in Princeton, N.J. The men's team finished 12th, while the womenís team placed fifth.
Senior Andrew Madison (Edgewater, Md./South River) was the first Retriever across the line, finishing in an 8K time of 26:18.10 in 61st place overall. Senior Michael Christmas (Invercargill, New Zealand/James Hargest College) placed 80th overall 26:35.40, while freshman TJ Cowing (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) placed 106th in 27:07.40. Sophomore brothers Roy Jones and Tim Jones (New Market, Md./Linganore) rounded out the scoring five.
On the women's side, senior Sara Parkinson (Lancashire, England/Loughborough University) finished second behind Gabriel for the Retrievers in a time of 23:56.40, good enough for 12th place overall. Sophomore Keri Wilson (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) finished 27th in 24:27.20, while freshmen Megan Arnold (Sicklerville, N.J./Timber Creek Regional) and Laura Blevins (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) rounded out the scoring five.
The Retrievers return to action on Saturday, Oct. 31 for the 2009 America East Cross Country Championships, hosted by Vermont.