St. Alban's City, Vt. - UMBC's men's and women's cross country squads both posted eighth-place finishes at the America East Championships, held in cool, blustery conditions at Hard'ack Recreation Area.
Sophomore Briana Roberts (Pennsauken, N.J) completed the course first for the Retrievers, placing 50th in a time of 19:29.96. Senior Courtney Mattson (Prince Frederick, Md.) also eclipsed the 20-minute barrier, finishing in 57th position in a time of 19:50.59.
UMBC's other three scorers finished consecutively in 62nd, 63rd and 64th positions. Freshman Emma Kartalia (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) led the threesome in a time of 20:03.59, followed by sophomore Kaya Knake (Canton, Mich.) (20:07.22) and junior Kelsey Ponton (Laurel, Md./Reservoir) (20:14.77).
New Hampshire continued their dominance, capturing the first two places and winning the meet with 37 points. Defending champion Elinor Purrier breezed to victory, winning by 48 seconds in a time of 16:45.92.
UNH was followed by UMass Lowell (57), Stony Brook (58), Vermont (107), Albany (113), Binghamton (158), Maine (193), UMBC (245) and Hartford (260).