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UMBC Cross Country Set to Compete at America East Championships
Senior Alex Hyland will be looking for individual gold at the America East Championships this weekend.
STONY BROOK, N.Y.óThe UMBC menís and womenís cross country teams are set to compete in the 2007 America East Conference Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Stony Brook University with the womenís 5K race slated to begin at 10:30 a.m. and the menís 8K at 11:30 a.m.
All nine schools will compete in Saturdayís race, with defending menís champion
The Retrievers will be looking to improve upon their sixth place finish on the menís side and eighth place finish on the womenís side from 2006 and look to have strong contenders for individual titles in senior Alex Hyland (
This will by Hylandís first trip to the America East Championships after joining the Retrievers during the indoor track and field season in the 2006-07 season. The St. Francis (
Sophomore Suzanne Gabriel (
Senior captain Tawny Barin (Columbus, N.J./North Burlington County) was the third Retriever to cross the line in í06, running a time of 19:25.90 for 46th place, while sophomore Mairin Leahy (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key) rounded out the scoring five with a time of 19:50.00, good for 54th place.
Junior exchange student Suzanne Richards (Backwell, England/Longborough University) will also figure to be an impact for the Retrievers this weekend, as she has held the Retrieversí second-fastest times for the only two meets she has competed in this season.
On the menís side, the Retrievers return an All-Conference selection in Kelhower, who finished ninth at last yearís conference race, running an 8K time of 25:08.60. None of the rest of the Retriever scoring five from 2006 return for the 2007 race, but a host of new talent, and veterans, led by freshman Paul Zwama (Groningen, Netherlands/CSG Dingstede) will give Kelhower a challenge for the top Retriever spot this year.
Zwama has been the first Retriever across the line in three of the past four meets and looks to be on track for a great performance this weekend as he has improved in each outing this season. Junior Andrew Madison (Edgewater, Md./
Full results and recap will be posted on umbcretrivers.com when they become available.