PRINCETON N.J. - Senior Keri Wilson (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) picked up her first top-20 finish in an invitational meet this season and junior TJ Cowing (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) was the top finisher for the UMBC men's cross country team Saturday morning at the Princeton Invitational. The Retriever women finished in 10th place (out of 11 teams) with 220 points while the men also finished in 10th (of 14 teams) with 303 points.
Placing 18th, Wilson ran the 6k course in 23:28 just off from her season best finish which came at the Paul Short Invite. Freshman Alyse Gibson was the second fastest Retriever on the day placing 44th in a season-best time of 24:35. Kirsten McGovern (Sykesville, Md./Century), Julie Gessler (Ellicott City, Md./Institute of Notre Dame), and Cody Mezebish (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) rounded out the top five for UMBC.
The top three men for UMBC all finished within 30 seconds of each other with Cowing leading the way, followed by sophomore Brandan McGee (Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood) and Sam Boimov (Montogomery Village, Md./Gaithersburg/Salisbury) finishing in 25:43 and 26:08 respectively.
The Retrievers now have two weeks off from competition before heading up to Albany, N.Y. for the America East Championships on Saturday, Oct. 29.