Sophomores Knake, Roberts Lead Women's Cross Country at Paul Short Run

Sophomores Knake, Roberts Lead Women's Cross Country at Paul Short Run

Bethlehem, Pa. – A pair of sophomores, Kaya Knake (Canton, Mich.) and Briana Roberts (Pennsauken, N.J,) led UMBC women's cross country's effort in the Brown division of the Paul Short Run, held on the campus on Lehigh University.

 

Knake became the third different Retriever to lead UMBC across the tape in three competitions this year. Senior Courtney Mattson (Prince Frederick, Md.) and Roberts were the Retrievers' top two competitors in prior meets at Mount St. Mary's and Navy.

 

But the Michigan native bested the 23-minute mark and placed 62nd overall (198 finishers) in a time of 22:58. Roberts came in eight spots behind, with a mark of 23:07 in the 6k race.

 

Junior Kelsey Ponton (Laurel, Md.) and freshman Emma Kartalia (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) also cracked the top 100, placing 88th and 99th respectively.  Ponton completed the course with a mark of 23:26, while Kartalia crossed the line at 23:47.

 

UMBC finished 16th of the 24 competing teams. Columbia won the competition, placing three runners in the top 12, while Canisius' Siobhan Quinn was the medalist, finishing in a time of 20:38.

 

The Retrievers will have a two-week period before returning to action Saturday, Oct. 14th at the Princeton Invitational.