Semeon’s Career-Best Run Leads UMBC Men to 13th- place Finish at Paul Short Run

Semeon’s Career-Best Run Leads UMBC Men to 13th- place Finish at Paul Short Run

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – UMBC sophomore Redatu Semeon (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) ran a career-best 8k time of 25:02 to lead the UMBC men's cross country team to a 13th-place finish in the Gold Division at the Paul Short Run, Saturday morning at Lehigh University's Goodman Course.

For the women, senior Cody Mezebish (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) led UMBC to a fifth-place finish in the Brown Division.

Indiana won the overall team competition in the men's Gold Division led by JR Ricker's tenth-place finish while James Leakos from Harvard took top individual honors with a time of 23:13.

With his 66th-place finish, Semeon led the Retrievers across the line for the first time in his career, while his time ties him with teammate Eric Schuler (Columbia, Md./Reservoir) for the tenth-fastest 8k time in school history.

Sophomore Hassan Omar (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) was the second Retriever across the line, placing 78th with a time of 25:09, while senior Jake Albino (Hampton, N.Y./Minisink Valley) scored for the third time this season, finishing in 25:22 in 95th place.  Schuler, meanwhile, also scored for the third time in three meets, completing the 8k course in 25:27 for 106th place.  Sophomore Austin Hayslett (Mt. Airy, Md./Urbana) rounded out the UMBC scoring team by placing 131st with a time of 25:39.

In the women's race, Mezebish paced the Retrievers for the first time this season by finishing 19th with a 6k time of 22:21.  Sophomore Nicole Dawson (Jessup, Md./Hammond), who led the Black and Gold in each of the first two meets, completed the course less than 20 seconds (22:39) after Mezebish. 

Junior Julie Gessler (Ellicott City, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) and sophomore Angel Bucci (Upper Darby, Pa./Upper Darby) finished the course only one second apart (23:17; 23:18) to finish in 67th and 68th, respectively.  Senior Kirsten McGovern (Sykesville, Md./Century) completed the scoring squad by finishing in 121st with a time of 23:55.

The Retrievers return to competition in two weeks when they travel to New Jersey for the Princeton Invitation on Oct. 19.