In their final tune-up before post-season competition, both the UMBC’s men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete in the Princeton Invitational on Friday, Oct. 12. The men’s 8k race commences at 4:30 p.m., followed by the ladies at 5:00 p.m.
The teams competing are American, Binghamton, Buffalo, Columbia, Cornell, George Mason, George Washington, Hofstra, LaSalle, Lehigh, Maryland, Monmouth, Princeton, Quinnipiac, Rider, South Carolina, St. Joseph's, Stony Brook, Temple, Towson, UConn, UMass Lowell, UMBC and Villanova.
Live scoring and results can be accessed at https://results.leonetiming.
Worth Noting, Ladies First
- 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 on Sept. 29. It was the best finish by a Retriever at a Paul Short Run competition since Sarah Daly and Sophia Cologer placed in the top 20 in the meet in 2015.
- 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, capturing a team-best 14th place at season-opening Mount St. Mary’s Duals.
- Ponton led the team a year ago at the Princeton Invitational, crossing the tape in 24:13.7, besting the rest of her teammates for the first time in her UMBC tenure.
And the Gentlemen
- Senior Matt Kingeter (Glencoe, Md./Hereford) led the Retrievers across the line for the first time since 2016 as he placed 108th overall at the Paul Short Run on Sept. 29. Kingeter finished in a time of 25:42, 44 seconds faster than his 8k time in the prior meet at Navy.
- Senior Nathan Nadal (Silver Spring, Md./Wootton) finished 13 seconds (25:55) and 30 places (138) behind Kingeter at Lehigh. Nadal had placed fourth overall at the Navy Invite on Sept. 13, completing the 8k course in 25:58.73.
- Three meets – three different UMBC top finishers. Junior Brian Cave (Sykesville, Md./South Carroll) turned in the best performance of his career, leading the Retrievers with an impressive sixth-place finish at the season-opening Mount St. Mary’s Duals on August 31. Cave nearly bested the 16-minute mark, posting a time of 16:01.89.
- Nadal placed 65th overall – UMBC’s No. 2 finisher – of 205 competitors at last year’s Princeton Invitational.
- Both squads travel to Nashua, N.H. for the America East Championships, hosted by UNH, on Saturday, Oct. 27.