Princeton, N.J. – Junior Urgy Eado (Rockville, Md./Wootton) continued his mid-season surge, pacing the Retrievers with a 14th place effort against a strong field at the Princeton Invitational at the West Windsor Fields in crisp conditions on Saturday morning.
Eado, who led UMBC for the first time in his tenure last time out at the Paul Short Run, duplicated his feat, covering the 8k course in 24:36.6. He finished the same course at 25:11 a year ago and ran the 8k in 24:58 two weeks ago at Lehigh.
UMBC (345) finished 11th overall in a field of 23 teams. Columbia captured the men's title, placing four runners in the top 15 and posting a total of 68.
Following Eado's lead, sophomore Matt Kingeter (Glencoe, Md./Hereford) has also progressed well during the campaign and advanced to UMBC's second overall finisher. He placed in the top five for the first time at Paul Short and completed today's trek at 25:14, 64th overall, knocking 41 seconds off his time of two weeks ago.
Three other Retrievers – sophomore Nathan Nadal (Silver Spring, Md./Wootton), Rhys Burgett (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) and Elijah Hawkins (Cockeysville, Md./Dulaney) – finished within 11 seconds of one another in the top half of the field and under the 26-minute plateau.
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.