The UMBC men's and women's cross country squads get right back into action on Saturday, Sept. 9 as head coach Matt Gittermann's harriers compete at the U.S. Naval Academy. The women take part in the Salty Dog Invitational at 9:45 a.m.
Competing Teams: American, Bowie State, Maryland, McDaniel, Navy, St. Mary's (Md.), Towson, UMBC
In Review: The Retriever women's cross country team opened the 2017 by competing against a tough field in the Mount St. Mary's 5K duals on Sept. 1. UMBC bested the host Mountaineers, 16-44, and Franklin Pierce, 23-35, but were defeated by strong sides from Navy, GW, American and Maryland.
Senior Courtney Mattson (Prince Frederick, Md.) was the first Retriever to cross the tape, finishing in a time of 19:16.06. It was Mattson's first time leading her teammates in a meet and she sliced 35 seconds off her 2016 time at the same meet.
A trio of Retrievers finished in a seven-second span, led by sophomore Briana Roberts (Pennsauken, N.J.), who placed 52nd with a mark of 19:48.36. Senior Olivia Richter (Oxford, Conn.) was two places behind at 19:52.80, while sophomore Kaya Knake (Canton, Mich.) scored for the first time in her brief tenure, coming in just behind Richter at 19:55.23. In her debut, freshman Emma Kartalia (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) placed fifth amongst her teammates in a time of 20:06.55.
Last Time at Navy: Richter produced a brilliant race, finishing sixth overall in a time of 23:30.74, at last season's Salty Dog Invitational on Sept. 10, 2016.
Maryland edged host Navy, 43-48, in the team scoring, while UMBC placed third (69). GW (70), Loyola (134) and Bowie State (190) completed the field.
Roberts finished 27th overall (24:41.58) and was the Retrievers' third finisher.
Up Next: The Retrievers have nearly the rest of the month away from competition, as they next compete at Lehigh's Paul Short Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 29.