University Park, Pa. – The UMBC women's cross country team wrapped up its 2018 season by competing in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic regional championship at chilly, rainy Penn State University.
In her final race in black-and-gold, senior Kelsey Ponton (Laurel, Md./Reservoir) led her side across the line for the fifth consecutive time this season. She nearly placed in the top half of the strong field, crossing the tape in 104th position (203 competitors) in a time of 23:09 for the 6k race.
A pair of freshmen – Emmy Beyer (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) and Morgan Casey (Silver Spring, Md.) capped solid initial seasons by placing second and fourth respectively for the Retrievers. Beyer finished at 24:14 (162nd), while Casey crossed in 24:47 (185th).
Juniors Bridgett Redding (Huntingtown, Md.) and Briana Roberts (Pennsauken, N.J.) were UMBC's other point-getters, placing third and fifth respectively for the Retrievers. Redding ran a time of 24:32 (177), while Roberts bested the 25-minute mark (24:59, position 192).
The Retrievers placed 28th of the 30 teams competing. Villanova won the meet and Princeton placed second, drawing automatic qualification to the NCAA Championships on Nov. 17.