Emmitsburg, Md. – Less than one week removed from its pre-season camp, the Retriever men's cross country team opened the 2017 by competing in the Mount St. Mary's 5K duals in unseasonably cool conditions about 50 miles northwest of the UMBC campus.
Fresh from an outstanding outdoor track season, junior Matt Kane (Sykesville, Md./Century) led the squad and posted an eighth-place finish (of 85 competitors). Kane completed the course in a time of 15:39.28, 21 seconds faster than his 12th-place finish from a year ago. It was the first time in his career that Kane led his teammates across the line.
The men posted two dual meet victories and conceded two defeats in the opening competition for all five squads. UMBC defeated the host Mountaineers, 21-39, and Franklin Pierce, 15-50, but fell to American, 16-39, and George Washington, 20-37. American featured the top three finishers, including medalist Benjamin Doiron, who cross the tap in 15:16.55.
Senior Urgy Eado (Rockville, Md.) posted a top 15 finish, crossing in 13th position at 15:49.85, cutting nearly 35 seconds off his mark from a year ago at the 5k's. The other three Retriever scorers placed in 17th, 18th and 19th positions. Sophomore Matt Bennett (Dunkirk, Md./Northern) was two seconds behind Eado at 15:51.93, while junior Nathan Nadal (Silver Spring, Md.) and senior Rhys Burgett (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) clocked in at 15:53.99 and 15:56.34 respectively.
The Retrievers return to action on Saturday, Sept. 9 when they travel to Annapolis to compete in the Navy Invitational.