The UMBC women's cross country squad takes its final test before post-season competition as head coach Matt Gittermann's squad competes at the Princeton Invitational on the campus of Princeton University in Princeton, N.J. on Saturday, Oct. 14th.
The men's 8k race is at 9:30 a.m., while the women's 6k race begins at 10:30 a.m.
Competing at the meet are teams from: American, Columbia, George Mason, George Washington, Guelph (men), Hampton (women), Harvard, Hofstra, La Salle, Lehigh (men), Lipscomb, Marist, Maryland (women), McNeese State, Monmouth, Penn, Rider, St. Joseph's, Stony Brook, Temple, Towson (women), UMBC and Laval.
In Review: The Retrievers most recently competed in the 44th Paul Short Invitational Friday, Sept. 29th. A pair of sophomores, Kaya Knake (Canton, Mich.) and Briana Roberts (Pennsauken, N.J,) led UMBC women's cross country's effort in the Brown division of the Paul Short Run, held on the campus of Lehigh University.
The Michigan native bested the 23-minute mark and placed 62nd overall (198 finishers) in a time of 22:58. Roberts came in eight spots behind, with a mark of 23:07 in the 6k race.
Knake became the third different Retriever to lead UMBC across the tape in three competitions this year. Senior Courtney Mattson (Prince Frederick, Md.) and Roberts were the Retrievers' top two competitors in prior meets at Mount St. Mary's and Navy.
Junior Kelsey Ponton (Laurel, Md.) and freshman Emma Kartalia (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) also cracked the top 100, placing 88th and 99th respectively. Ponton completed the course with a mark of 23:26, while Kartalia crossed the line at 23:47.
UMBC finished 16th of the 24 competing teams. Columbia won the competition, placing three runners in the top 12, while Canisius' Siobhan Quinn was the medalist, finishing in a time of 20:38.
Last Year at Princeton Invitational: Senior Sophia Cologer turned in an outstanding performance, placing third overall against a strong field at the Princeton Invitational at the West Windsor Fields. Cologer negotiated the 6k course in a time of 21:24.8, cutting five seconds off her 13th place effort from a year ago at Princeton. Cologer paced the Retrievers to a seventh-place team finish amongst 22 squads. For the third consecutive meet, senior Chelsea Vane was UMBC's second-place finisher, crossing the tape in 30th position in a time of 22:14. Junior Olivia Richter (Oxford, Conn.) also posted a top-40 finish amongst the 215 competitors, clocking in at 22:22.
Up Next: The Retrievers will return to action on Oct. 28th at the America East Championships at the University of Vermont.