Boston, Mass.—Three UMBC cross country runners earned America East All-Academic honors, the conference announced on Tuesday. Senior Hassan Omar (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) and juniors Jon Luckin (Parkton, Md./Hereford) and Sophia Cologer (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) earned the nods for their achievements both in the classroom and on the course.
For Omar, he adds to his long list of accomplishments this season. The Frederick native earned America East Performer of the Week twice, won the individual championship at the America East Championships, and finished third at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals, becoming the first Retriever to earn a spot at the national meet. At the NCAA Championships, Omar finished in 27th place, becoming the first UMBC Division I All-American in cross country.
Omar currently holds a 3.46 grade point average, with a major in mechanical engineering.
Luckin had a stellar year on the course for UMBC in 2015. He earned the distinction after participating in every race for the Retrievers this year. His best race of the year came at the Princeton Invitational where he finished the course in a time of 24:44. The Parkton native carries a 4.00 GPA in chemical engineering.
Cologer earns her second All-Academic Team honor after leading the Retriever women to a fifth- place finish at the America East Championships. At the championship meet, Cologer placed third, earning All-Conference recognition. The Annapolis native has a 3.90 GPA while studying biochemistry.