BALTIMORE – The UMBC men's and women's cross country teams return to action on Saturday, Oct. 1, when they competed in the 43rd annual Paul Short Run at Lehigh University's Goodman campus in Bethlehem, Pa.
The men's 8K race gets underway at 11:00 a.m., while the women's 6k event starts at 11:45 a.m. Both Retriever squads are in the Gold Division of the cross country festival. Over 6,000 athletes in collegiate, high school and open divisions are expected to compete on Saturday.
The men's Gold Division race is slated to feature 42 teams, including America East rivals UAlbany, UMass Lowell and Stony Brook. Four nationally-ranked teams, including No. 8 Georgetown are in the field.
Last Meet's Recap
UMBC has not competed since Sept. 10, when they raced in the Navy Invitational.
Seven Retrievers finished the 8k course within a span of 50 seconds, paced by Rhys Burgett (Severna Park), who placed 13th overall in a time of 26;12.74. Junior Urgy Eado (Rockville, Md./Wootton) and sophomore Nathan Nadal (Silver Spring, Md./Wootton) crossed in back-to-back positions, coming in 15th (26:25.27) and 16th (26:28.10) respectively.
Senior Jon Luckin (Parkton, Md./Hereford) and junior Luke Kessler (Haddon Township, N.J.) completed the scoring for UMBC. Luckin finished 19th in a time of 26:46.36, while Kessler was two slots behind at 26:53.06.
National power Navy occupied the first five positions in the meet and totaled 15 points. GW (61) edged UMBC (64) for second, while Loyola (131) and McDaniel (137) rounded out the field.
Last Time in Bethlehem
Hassan Omar posted a top-ten finish, leading UMBC to a 12th place standing amongst 27 squads in the 2015 edition of the Paul Short Run. Omar completed the 8k trek in a time of 24:12.5 and crossed the tape in eighth place. Luckin was UMBC's third finisher, 68th overall in a time of 25:12.
Next Up for the Retrievers
Both teams have one final preparation meet before the America East Championships. The Retrievers will compete at the Princeton Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 15.
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.