Kingeter, Ponton Shine as Cross Country Squads Compete at Paul Short Run

Kingeter, Ponton Shine as Cross Country Squads Compete at Paul Short Run

Bethlehem, Pa. – UMBC senior Kelsey Ponton (Laurel, Md./Reservoir) continued her outstanding final season as she placed 38th overall in a field of 287 competitors at the Paul Short Run.

Ponton covered the 6k in 22:43, 70 seconds faster than her team-best effort at the same distance at Navy two weeks ago. It was the best finish by a Retriever at the Paul Short Run since Sarah Daly and Sophia Cologer placed in the top 20 in the meet in 2015.

On the men's side, senior Matt Kingeter (Glencoe, Md./Hereford) led the Retrievers across the line for the first time since 2016. Kingeter place 108th overall in a time of 25:42, 44 seconds faster than his 8k time in the most recent meet at Navy.   

Worth Noting

  • The women placed 26th of the 42 teams competing in ideal conditions at Lehigh.
  • The women bested America East rival Hartford, but finished behind Binghamton.
  • Ponton ran 43 seconds faster than her third-place team finish at the Paul Short Meet a year ago.
  • Freshman Morgan Casey (Silver Spring, Md./Montgomery-Blair) also finished in the top 100, placing 82nd overall in a time of 23:24, nearly a minute faster than her time at Navy. Casey has placed either first or second amongst her teammates in all three meets to date.
  • Kingeter, UMBC's top finisher at the 2016 America East Championships (18th), was injured a season ago and did not place in UMBC's top five in any meet.
  • The men finished 33 rd of 41 teams, placing ahead of America East foes New Hampshire and Albany, but behind UMass Lowell and Vermont.
  • Senior Nathan Nadal (Silver Spring, Md./Wootton) finished 13 seconds (25:55) and 30 places (138) behind Kingeter.  
  • Junior Bradley Arbaugh (Westminster, Md./Westminster) posted a team top-five finish for the first time in his career, placing fourth amongst her mates in 26:52.
  • Both teams return to action on Saturday, Oct. 13, when they have their final prep before the America East Championships at the Princeton Invitational.