The UMBC men's and women's cross country teams return to action on Saturday, Sept. 10 when both squads travel to the U.S. Naval Academy for competition.
The women will take part in the Salty Dog Invitational, which will begin at 8:30 a.m., while the men compete in the Navy Invitational at 9:30 a.m. Both meet times have been altered from their original starting times.
Competing in the women's meet will be Bowie State, George Washington, Loyola, Maryland, McDaniel, UMBC and Navy. In the men's meet, Bowie State, George Washington, Loyola, McDaniel, UMBC and Navy will take part.
Last Week's Recap
The UMBC men's cross country team opened their 2016 campaign in traditional style, competing at the Mount St. Mary's Dual 5k's. UMBC placed its top five competitors amongst the top 13 attached runners. In his first collegiate race, freshman Matt Bennett (Dunkirk, Md./Northern) crossed the tape first for the Retrievers, completing the 3.11-mile trek in a time of 15:46.2. Junior Rhys Burgett (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) was right behind Bennett, placing sixth in 15:47.2.
Nineteen Retrievers took part in the opening day race, as UMBC finished at 2-2. Three American University runners placed in the top four and the Eagles edged UMBC, 28-30. AU's Alaeldin Tirba posted the top time of 15:30.5. UMBC easily posted dual meet victories over the host Mountaineers (15-50) and Franklin Pierce (18-42), but were edged by George Washington, 26-29.
Last Time in Annapolis
UMBC did not compete in the meets at Navy in the fall of 2015, opting to compete in the pre-conference (Wolfie Invitational) meet at Stony Brook on Sept. 12.
In 2014, then-junior Hassan Omar led the UMBC men's cross country team to a third-place finish (of ten competing teams) at the Navy Invitational Meet. Omar, who placed 11th at this meet in 2013, finished in the same position in 2014, completing the 8k run in a time of 25:06.35.
Current seniors Jon Luckin (Parkton, Md./Hereford) and Patrick Duboyce (New Market, Md./Linganore) both finished in the Retrievers' top five in that meet. Luckin was the 22nd finisher, UMBC's second behind Omar, crossing in a time of 25:38.88, while Duboyce was the 29th finisher, UMBC's fourth overall in a time of 25:57.40.
Next Up for the Retrievers
The teams will get an extended break from competition and not see action again until Saturday, Oct. 1, when they both compete in the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University.
UMBC To Host America East Cross Country Championships
UMBC will host the America East Conference Championships for the first time since 2008. The meet will take place at Jerusalem Mill in Kingsville, Md. on Saturday, October 29. All nine league members will participate in the championships.