DURHAM, N.H. – UMBC junior Brandan McGee (Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood) finished seventh overall, earning all-conference honors, and the UMBC men's cross country team took third place, Saturday morning at the America East Championships at College Woods. It was the highest finish for the men since winning the America East championship in 2005. The UMBC women's team took eighth place behind junior Cody Mezebish (Westminster, Md./South Carroll).
McGee led the way for the men's team for the fourth time this season, finishing the 8K race in 25:55.64, less than a minute behind race winner Eric Speakman of Stony Brook. The Retrievers also received strong performances from Tom Eldridge (Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky River) and Eric Schuler (Columbia, Md./Reservoir) whom finished 15th and 16th, respectively, to jump the squad from an eighth place finish at last year's championships.
For the women, Mezebish was once again the top-dog, finishing 33rd overall with a season-best 5K time of 18:21.16. Her time is nearly a 1:40 improvement from her other 5K time this year (20:00.56) at the Towson Invitational.
Junior Kirsten McGovern (Sykesville, Md./Century), sophomore Julie Gessler (Ellicott City, Md./Institute of Notre Dame), and freshman Nicole Dawson (Jessup, Md./Hammond) all finished less than half a minute later placing 43rd, 45th, and 47th, respectively. Sophomore Alyse Gibson (Columbia, Md./Reservoir) rounded out the scoring for the Retrievers.
Stony Brook won the overall men's race with 61 points behind Speakman's win, just seven points ahead of meet host New Hampshire. UMBC's 77 points earned the squad third place with Albany (102), Maine (132), Binghamton (134), Vermont (149), and Hartford (175) completing the standings.
The Seawolves swept the competition by winning the women's race as each of their five scoring runners finished in the top-12. UNH's Keely Maguire won the race in a time of 16:33.48 to give the Wildcats second place, nine points behind Stony Brook. Vermont (66), Albany (108), Binghamton (155), Maine (157), Hartford (185), and UMBC (197) followed.
UMBC now has 13 days off from competition before heading to Penn State for the NCAA Regionals on Friday, Nov. 9.