PRINCETON, N.J. – Junior Brandan McGee (Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood) returned to early season form, pacing the men's squad for the first time since mid-September while classmate Cody Mezebish(Westminster, Md./South Carroll) continued her strong season by once again leading the women as the UMBC cross country teams competed at the Princeton Invitational, Saturday morning at West Windsor Field. The men's team finished fifth in a field of 24 as the women placed 19th overall.
For McGee, it was his third time leading the Retrievers this season, but first since the Navy Invitational on Sept. 15. The junior completed the 8K course in a school-record time of 24:45.65 to finish 16th overall in the championship race. Behind McGee, the other six Retriever scorers all crossed the finish line within three seconds of each other, led by juniors Jake Albino (Hampton, N.Y./Minisink Valley) and Tom Eldridge (Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky River) who finished in a time of 24:59. Junior Vinny DiSalvo (Washingtonville, N.Y./Washingtonville) and freshman Hassan Omar (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) rounded out the scoring for UMBC.
On the women's side, Mezebish also was the top Retriever finisher for the third time this season, taking 66th on Saturday with a 6K time of 23:03.50. Since the Salty Dog Invitational on Sept. 15, the junior has led UMBC in each race except the Towson Invitational. For the fourth straight race, freshman Nicole Dawson (Jessup, Md./Hammond) was the second Retriever across the line, this time with a 6K time of 23:29.20 for 97th place. Sophomore Alyse Gibson (Columbia, Md./Reservoir) scored for the first time this season, taking 99th place, while classmate Julie Gessler (Ellicott City, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) and freshman Harmony Roche (Millersville, Md./Severn School) also scored.
UMBC now has two weeks off from competition before traveling to the America East Championships on Oct. 27. The championship meet, which is hosted by the University of New Hampshire, will take place at College Woods, outside of Durham, N.H..