UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The UMBC men's cross country team, once again led by junior Brandan McGee (Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood), picked up a top-15 finish, Friday afternoon at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships hosted by Penn State. The men finished in 14th place with 357 pts. while the women's squad placed 26th at the Penn State Golf Courses.
After earning All-Conference accolades two weeks ago at the America East Championships, McGee once again put together a record-breaking day at Penn State, completing the 10K course in a personal-best 31:29.35 for 41st place, moving him up to third all-time in school history for that distance. The junior's run bested his previous top time of 31:54 set back during his freshman campaign of 2010.
Following McGee, junior Jake Albino (Hampton, N.Y./Minisink Valley) finished 33 seconds back (32:02.05), placing 60th overall and slotting himself fifth on the school list. Each of the other Retriever scorers, freshman Hassan Omar, junior Vinny DiSalvo(Washingtonville, N.Y./Washingtonville), and senior TJ Cowing (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) also placed in the top-100 in a race of 170 competitors.
On the women's side sophomore Julie Gessler (Ellicott City, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) paced the Retrievers for the first time this season after scoring in five of the Retrievers' first six meets. Gessler placed 128th overall in a season-best 6K time of 23:18.65 with Sarah Daly (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) just ten seconds back in 134th. Freshman Nicole Dawson (Jessup, Md./Hammond), junior Kirsten McGovern (Sykesville, Md./Century), and freshman Angelina Oputa (Bowie, Md./Elizabeth Seton) rounded out the scoring for UMBC.
The Georgetown men won the regional for the eighth time in the last nine years while the hosts, Penn State, claimed the women's event.