BALTIMORE – The UMBC cross country teams will compete in their final tune-ups for the America East Championships when they face an outstanding field at the Princeton Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 15.
The women's 6k championship race gets underway at 9:00 a.m., while the men's 8k championship race starts at 9:45 a.m.
More than 50 collegiate teams of 1,300 athletes will be competing in the event. Binghamton, Hartford, and Stony Brook are the other America East teams expected to participate.
Both teams will be competing for just the second time since Sept. 10.
In the last time out for the men, UMBC junior Urgy Eado (Rockville, Md./Wootton) was the first Retriever to cross the line, trimming over a minute off his time at Navy and coming in at 24:58 over the 8k trek at the Paul Short Run. For the first time in his career, Eado led the UMBC effort and placed 108th of the 366 competitors in the field.
Freshman Matt Bennett (Dunkirk, Md./Northern) was UMBC's second finisher, completing the course in a time of 25:35 and placing 185th.
Eado was UMBC's fourth finisher at Princeton a year ago, crossing the tape in 57th position in a time of 25:11. Senior Jon Luckin placed 31st, the Retrievers' second finisher behind All-American Hassan Omar, and put up a mark of 24:44.
UMBC has had three different runners lead the team in the three meets to date. Bennett paced the Retrievers at Mount St. Mary's, while junior Rhys Burgett edged Eado as the top finisher at the Navy Invitaitonal. Burgett's time in the 8k in Annapolis was 26:12.74.
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.