COLLEGE PARK, Md. –The Maryland cross country team will return to competition this Friday, September 29 at the Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, Pa. This will be the 44th edition of the infamous cross country race, which draws thousands of runners from across the country every year.
The flat winding course around the Murray H. Goodman Athletic Campus of Lehigh University delivers fast results year in and year out, with over 40 teams scheduled to compete in the College Women’s “Gold” 6K race this season. The Terps are set to start at approximately 11:45 am Saturday morning.
Maryland is two meets into its 2017 campaign, and has not competed since the Salty Dog Invitational on September 9. Junior Emily Bracher had a breakout performance for the Terps at the meet, winning the individual title with a mark of 22:28.45.
Her finish helped power Maryland to a second place overall finish as a team, with three Terrapins finishing inside the top-10. The meet victory was the first of the Freehold, N.J. native’s career.
Junior Alexandra Lucki is set to make her season debut for UMD at the meet after finishing as the No. 1 runner for Maryland at three different meets last year.
Maryland has seen steady improvement at the Paul Short over the past few seasons, climbing several spots up the team standings since 2013. Maryland’s 15th place finish in 2015 was its best showing since 2005 (4th) with three runners finishing inside the top-75. The Terps posted an 18th place finish as a team
Lucki finished in 21:17 to place 86th as she made her 2016 debut during last year’s meet.
Maryland will lace up the spikes next on Saturday, October 14 in Princeton, N.J. when the team competes at the Princeton Invitational.