Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC cross country heads to New Jersey for the 2015 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals, hosted by Princeton University. The Retrievers are coming off a pair of fifth place finishes at the America East Championships back on October 31. Senior Hassan Omar (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) was the top individual finisher on the men's side.
What: 2015 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals
Where: West Windsor Fields, Princeton University – Princeton, N.J.
When: Friday, Nov. 13 – Women's Race: Noon, Men's Race: 1:00 p.m.
Senior Hassan Omar (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) made his push late, and held off the pack to win the 2015 America East Championship. After finishing in the top five the past two years, the senior finally reached the top, winning the race in 24:43.
Omar earned First Team All-Conference honors with the finish, as the Retrievers took fifth place as a team. The Frederick native became the first Retriever, male or female, to win the race.
Senior Austin Hayslett (Mount Airy, Md./Urbana) finished in fifth place with a time of 25:14 to earn First Team All-Conference. Junior Jon Luckin (Parkton, Md./Hereford) turned in a top 20 performance, crossing the tape in 20th place in 25:56. The other two Retriever scorers were junior Patrick Duboyce (New Market, Md./Linganore) and sophomore Urgy Eado (Rockville, Md./Wootton/Wesley). Duboyce finished in 40th place with a time of 26:36, while Eado was right behind him in 42nd place with a time of 26:42.
Junior Sophia Cologer (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) was the top Retriever finisher, placing fifth at the America East Championships on Saturday. UMBC as a team took fifth place overall.
Cologer finished the 5k race with a time of 18:46. Her fifth place finish earned her First Team All-Conference honors on Saturday. Senior Sarah Daly (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) was the next Retriever across the tape, finishing in 19:30. The other Retriever scorers were seniors Katie Govatos (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis/Florida Southern), Angelina Oputa (Bowie, Md./Elizabeth Seton) and Mary Katherine Kulp (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal). Govatos took 26th place with a time of 19:36. Just behind her was Oputa in 28th place with a time of 19:45. Kulp crossed the tape in 30th with a time of 19:47.
Last Year at Regionals:
The UMBC men's cross country team finished in 7th place at the 2014 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional, their best finish in program history. Hassan Omar finished in 32nd place to lead the Retrievers.
Omar crossed the tape in a time of 30:59 on the 10k course in Happy Valley. Omar was followed by Austin Hayslett and Noah Hutton. Hayslett continued his strong campaign with a 47th place finish in 31:21. Hutton finished just two seconds behind Hayslett in 50th with a time of 31:23.
The UMBC women's cross country team finished the season with an 18th place finish at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional. Sophia Cologer was the top finisher for the Retrievers in 74th place.
Cologer led the Retrievers with a 74th place finish at the regional. Sophia finished with a time 22:19 on the 6k course. Katie Govatos and Nicole Dawson were the next two across the tape for UMBC. Govatos finished in a time of 22:36 (96th), while Dawson finished in 23:01 (113th).
Julie Gessler and Harmony Roche were the fourth and fifth finishers for the Retrievers. Gessler finished in 115th (23:06) with Roche finishing in 130th (23:25). Katelyn Callaghan and Angelina Oputa rounded out the UMBC competitors. Callaghan finished in 134th in a time of 23:29, while Oputa ended in 155th with a time of 23:59.