The UMBC men's cross country squad resumes its 2017 campaign on Friday, Sept. 29th as head coach Matt Gittermann's harriers compete at the 44th Paul Short Invitational on the campus of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. The men take part in the Gold 8k Race at 11 a.m.
America East rivals Albany, Binghamton and Stony Brook will compete alongside the Retrievers in the Gold division competition.
In Review: The Retrievers most recently competed in the Navy Invitational on Saturday Sept. 9th
The Retrievers' average time of 25:59.56 over the 8k course was nearly 34 seconds better than last year's mark of 26:33.11.
Running against tremendous competition in host Navy and American, four Retriever runners placed in the top 15 and that quartet finished within 4.5 seconds of one another. Junior Matt Kane (Sykesville, Md./Century), who was the first Retriever across the line a week ago at Mount St. Mary's, duplicated that feat, as he placed 11th in a time of 25:48.00. Kane moved up 24 places from the race a year ago and sliced over three minutes over his 2016 time.
Kane edged teammate Urgy Eado (Rockville, Md.), as the senior placed 12th in 25:52.30. Junior Nathan Nadal (Silver Spring, Md.) and senior Rhys Burgett (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) crossed in 14th and 15th respectively in times of 25:52.29 and 25:52.66.
Last time at Paul Short: For the first time in his career, Eado was the first Retriever to cross the line, trimming over a minute off his 8k time three weeks earlier at Navy and coming in at 24:58. Eado placed 108th of the 366 competitors in the field. Sophomore Matt Bennett (Dunkirk, Md./Northern) was UMBC's second finisher, completing the course in a time of 25:35 and placing 185th. A pair of Retriever juniors came in one second apart as Matt Kingeter (Glencoe, Md./Hereford) finished at 25:54 (218th) Nadal was a place behind.
Iona won the meet, placing five runners in the top 12.
Up Next: The Retrievers will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 14th at the Princeton Invitational.