COCKEYSVILLE, Md. – Both the UMBC men's and women's cross country teams placed third at the Towson Invitational, Friday evening at Oregon Ridge Park. Junior Vinny DiSalvo (Washingtonville, N.Y./Washingtonville) led the men, finishing in fifth place, while junior Kirsten McGovern (Sykesville, Md./Century) paced the women taking third place.
McGovern's finish was her first ever as the Retriever's top runner as she completed the 5K course in 19:08.83. For the second straight week freshman Nicole Dawson (Jessup, Md./Hammond) was the second Retriever across the line (19:42.29) with sophomore Sarah Daly (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) just five seconds behind (19:47.73) for the Black and Gold. Junior Cody Mezebish (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) and sophomore Julie Gessler (Ellicott City, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) rounded out the scoring for UMBC.
For DiSalvo, competing in his first race of the season, it was also his first time pacing the Retriever squad, finishing the five mile run in 26:53.93, just a half of a minute behind the race leader. Freshman Zach Hopkins (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) was the next Retriever to finish the competition, placing 15th overall in a time of 28:24.65. JuniorAndrew Smith (Chadds Ford, Pa./Garnet Valley) placed 17th, while freshmen Andrew Keresztes (Port Jefferson, N.Y./Port Jefferson) and Ben Pickett (Abingdon, Md./John Carroll) finished 19th and 20th, respectively.
UMBC returns to competition next Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Mason Invitational. The race at Oatlands Plantation is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.