UMBC Cross Country Returns to Action at the Navy Invitational on Saturday

Photo: David Sinclair
Photo: David Sinclair


Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC cross country returns to action on Saturday at the Navy Invitational. The Retrievers last competed on August 30 at the Mount 5k Duals that saw Miles Smith (La Plata, Md./La Plata) and Morgan Casey (Silver Spring, Md./Montgomery-Blair) lead UMBC to a 3-3 and 3-4 record respectively at the meet.

Navy Invitational Meet Info:
What: 2019 Navy Invitational
Where: U.S. Naval Academy Golf Club - Annapolis, Md.
When: Saturday, September 14 - 9:00 a.m. (Women followed by men)
Teams Competing: Bowie State, East Carolina, McDaniel, Navy, UMBC, Millersville (W), Northern Virginia CC (W)
Social Media: @umbcxctf, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEXC

Last Time Out (Mount 5k Duals):

The Retriever men finished the race with a 3-3 record defeating George Washington, Mount St. Mary's and Stevenson. The women went 3-4 beating American, Mount St. Mary's and Stevenson.

Miles Smith led the men's side with a 16:01.11 time in 16th place. Taylor Baranoski (Parkville, Md./Eastern Tech) was just behind him in 18th place with a time of 16:02.86. Freshman Michael Belmaggio (Frederick, Md./Linganore), Chris Thoms (Gaithersburg, Md./Quince Orchard) and Trent Rose (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) were the other three Retrievers to score on Friday. Belmaggio finished in 24th place (16:06.88) with Thoms (16:28.86) and Rose (16:35.49) finishing in 39th and 41st respectively. 

The women were led by Morgan Casey who finished 18th with a time of 18:52.84. Margo Henley (Akron, N.Y.) was the next fastest Retriever with a time of 19:21.22 in 30th place. Madison Armonda (Silver Spring, Md./Northwood), Briana Roberts (Pennsauken, N.J.) and Anna Staats (Lexington Park, Md./Great Mills) also scored with times of 19:28.14, 19:56.30, and 20:05.49 respectively. 

Last Year at Navy:

A pair of seniors led the way for UMBC. For the men, Nathan Nadal placed fourth overall, breaking up a quintet of Navy runners to cross the line. Nadal completed the 8k course in 25:58.73 in less than ideal conditions at the USNA Golf Course. Three UMBC men finished in the top 8 overall as the Retrievers fell to the host Midshipmen, but easily outdistanced Loyola (Md.) and Bowie State.

Kelsey Ponton paced the women, crossing the tape in 12th place overall. Ponton sliced well over a minute off of her time from a year ago over the 6k course.

Up Next:

-The Retrievers will have the rest of the month off before returning to action at the Paul Short Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 5, hosted by Lehigh University.