The UMBC women's cross country squad gets back into action on Friday, Sept. 29th as head coach Matt Gittermann's harriers compete at the 44th Paul Short Invitational on the campus of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. The women take part in the Brown division 6k race at 1 p.m.
America East Conference rivals Binghamton and Hartford will compete in the Brown race, along with local foes Loyola and Mount St. Mary's.
In Review: The Retrievers most recently competed in the Salty Dog Invitational Saturday, Sept. 9th
Sophomore Briana Roberts (Pennsauken, N.J.) sliced 24 seconds off her time from a year ago and led UMBC for the first time in her brief collegiate career. She placed 26th overall of the 92 competitors with a mark of 24.14.78.
Seniors Courtney Mattson (Prince Frederick, Md.) and Olivia Richter (Oxford, Conn.) placed in back-to-back positions (39/40) with times of 24:54.55 and 25:03.20 respectively. Junior Kelsey Ponton (Laurel, Md.) finished in 43rd place (25:08.20) and sophomore Kaya Knake (Canton, Mich.) was UMBC's final scorer in 54th position (25:34.44).
Navy (29) won the meet, followed by Maryland (47), American (56), Towson (108), UMBC (138), St. Mary's (199), McDaniel (210) and Bowie State (242).
Last Year at Paul Short: Amongst UMBC's returning competitors, Ponton and Richter finished in the top 200 (of 405 runners), placing 194th (22:07) and 197th (22:09) respectively. Yale won the meet, edging nationally-ranked Georgetown for the top position amongst 45 squads. UMBC placed 28th overall.
Up Next: The Retrievers will have a two-week period before returning to action Saturday, Oct. 14th at the Princeton Invitational.