UMBC Cross Country Heads to Long Island for 2015 America East Championships

UMBC Cross Country Heads to Long Island for 2015 America East Championships

Championship Central

Baltimore, Md.—UMBC cross country will head to Stony Brook for the 2015 America East Championships this Saturday, October 31. The Retriever men took third place, while the women finished fourth a year ago. The men's race begins at 10:00 a.m., while the women start at 11:00 a.m.

Meet Info:

What: 2015 America East Cross Country Championships

Teams Competing: Albany, Binghamton, Hartford, Maine, UMBC, UMass Lowell, New Hampshire, Stony Brook, Vermont

Where: Stony Brook University – Stony Brook, N.Y.

When: Saturday, Oct. 31 – 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.

Social Media: Live Results on Twitter- @AE_GameDay, Hashtags- #GritAndGlory, #AEChamps, #AEXC #AEGameday

How to Watch: Live Stream available at with Jon Versteeg on the call.

Last Time Out:

The Retrievers split up to compete at both Princeton and Gettysburg. The men took fifth in New Jersey and ninth in Pennsylvania, while the women were fifth at Princeton and seventh at Gettysburg. Senior Hassan Omar (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) broke the school record at Princeton finishing in under 24 minutes.

Up in New Jersey, Hassan Omar led the way for the men, finishing in fourth place overall with a time of 23:55. The time for Omar set a new school record, as he became the first Retriever to finish under 24 minutes on an 8k course. Junior Jon Luckin (Parkton, Md./Hereford) and  senior Austin Hayslett (Mount Airy, Md./Urbana) finished 31st and 37th respectively with times of 24:44 and 24:55. The other two UMBC scorers were sophomore Urgy Eado (Rockville, Md./Wootton/Wesley) (57th, 25:11) and sophomore Rhys Burgett (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) (73rd, 25:23).

The women were led once again by senior Sarah Daly (Lake Orion, Mich.) who took third place overall, crossing the tape in 21:00. Junior Sophia Cologer (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) turned in a top 20 performance, finishing the race in 13th place in a time of 21:29. Seniors Mary Katherine Kulp (Vestal, N.Y.) (53rd, 22:37), Angelina Oputa (Bowie, Md./Elizabeth Seton) (62nd, 22:51) and Katie Govatos  (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis/Florida Southern)(66th, 22:54) were the other Retriever scorers.

At Gettysburg, Sophomore Stephen Alexander (Gaithersburg, Md./Richard Montgomery) and Senior Andrew Kereszetes (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) led the way for the men with 24th and 47th finishes with times of 26:52 and 27:37 respectively. The women had a pair of top 20 finishes, with sophomore Olivia Richter (Oxford, Conn.) and freshman Alexis Bartelloni (Morganville, N.J.) leading the way. Richter took home 13th place with a time of 23:15, while Bartelloni finished 27th in 23:53.

Last Year at the America East Championships:

The men's  cross country team took home third place at the America East Championships.  Hassan Omar led the pack with a fifth place finish. Omar crossed the tape in a time of 24:45.54 to pace the Retrievers.   Hayslett and  Luckin finished second and third for the Retrievers in 12th and 14th respectively. Hayslett ended with a time of 25.27.12, while Lucking crossed the line in 25:35.06. 

Eric Schuler and Noah Hutton rounded out the scorers for UMBC. Schuler ended in 20th with a time of 25:41.11, and Hutton crossed the tape in 34th place with a time of 26:00.80. 

The women's cross country team earned a program-best fourth place finish. Previously, the Retriever women have never finished higher than fifth, a mark set at the 2013 championships.

 Cologer and  Govatos 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. 

Nicole Dawson, Angelina Oputa and Julie Gessler 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. 

On the Horizon:

The Retrievers will conclude the season at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals on Friday, Nov. 13 from Princeton, N.J. Both the men and women ran at Princeton earlier this year, finishing fifth at the Princeton Invitational.