Orono, Maine-- The UMBC women's cross country team earned a program best fourth place finish on Saturday. Previously, the Retriever women have never finished higher than fifth, a record set at last year's championships.
Sophomore Sophia Cologer (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) and junior Katie Govatos (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis/Florida Southern) turned in top 20 finishes for the Retrievers. Cologer was the top UMBC finisher, turning in a 13th place finish in a time of 18:13.70. Govatos finished in 20th, turning in a time of 18:39.66.
Junior Nicole Dawson (Jessup, Md./Hammond), junior Angelina Oputa (Bowie, Md./Elizabeth Seton) and senior Julie Gessler (Ellicott City, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) rounded out the scoring Retrievers. Dawson finished the race in 28th with a time of 18:59.94, while Oputa finished in 19:15.21, good for 35th place. Gessler finished her career with a 37th place finish in 19:16.95.
Elinor Purrier from New Hampshire won the race, with a time of 17:19.42. Purrier's first place finish helped the Wildcats take home the gold for the second year in a row. Stony Brook and Vermont went two and three, just ahead of the Retrievers. Albany, UMass Lowell and Hartford went five through seven, while Binghamton and Maine rounded out the nine team field.
UMBC is back in action at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals on November 14 in State College, Pa.