ANNAPOLIS – The UMBC men's cross country team displayed vast improvement over last year's performance in the Navy Invitational, as the Retrievers competed at the USNA Golf Course in ideal conditions on Saturday morning.
The Retrievers' average time of 25:59.56 over the 8k course was nearly 34 seconds better than last year's mark of 26:33.11.
Running against tremendous competition in host Navy and American, four Retriever runners placed in the top 15 and that quartet finished within 4.5 seconds of one another. Junior Matt Kane (Sykesville, Md./Century), who was the first Retriever across the line a week ago at Mount St. Mary's, duplicated that feat, as he placed 11th in a time of 25:48.00. Kane moved up 24 places from the race a year ago and sliced over three minutes over his 2016 time.
Kane edged teammate Urgy Eado (Rockville, Md.), as the senior placed 12th in 25:52.30. Junior Nathan Nadal (Silver Spring, Md.) and senior Rhys Burgett (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) crossed in 14th and 15th respectively in times of 25:52.29 and 25:52.66.
The final scorer for UMBC was sophomore Elijah Hawkins (Cockeysville, Md./Dulaney), who finished in 22nd place of 47 competitors, breaking the tape in 26:34.53.
Navy's runners finished 1-2-5-6 and the Mids won the meet with 21 points. American (45) finished second, followed by UMBC (71) and St. Mary's (Md.) (120).
Sophomore Kevin McGivern (Laurel, Md.) led UMBC in the 3.2-mile junior varsity race. He placed 13th overall with a mark of 18:21.83.
UMBC takes a break from competition as the Retrievers do not return to action until Saturday, Sept. 29 when they compete in the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University.