Terps Compete At Blue & Gold Invite Friday

Oct. 11, 2012

COLLEGE PARK, MD. - The University of Maryland women's cross country team returns to action at the Delaware Blue & Gold Invitational at Lums Pond State Park in Newark, Del., on Friday, Oct. 12.

Senior Julie Fricke, Maryland's lone NCAA individual qualifier last season, could make her season debut on Friday, but will be a race-time decision, according to Maryland head coach Andrew Valmon. Last season, Fricke won the Blue & Gold Invitational, traversing the 6k course in 22:10.04.

Sophomore Myah Hicks, who was Maryland's top finisher at the Paul Short Invitational on Sept. 28 at Lehigh. Hicks also led the Terps across the line at the Navy Salty Dog Invitational on Sept. 15. This will be Hicks' first time running the Lums Pond State Park course as she did not compete in the event last season as a freshman.

Senior Anna Roth will look to continue her solid season. Roth win the season-opening Lid-Lifter Invitational at UMES on Sept. 1. She followed Hicks to the finish at the Paul Short two weeks ago to be the Terps' second scorer. Roth did not compete at the Blue & Gold Invitational last year, so this will be her first time running the Newark, Del., course.

Junior Becky Yep made her 2012 debut at the Paul Short meet and was the tird Maryland finisher. She was followed closely by freshman Jackie Lazzaro, who has had a competitive first collegiate season.

Junior Maryam Fikri was another Terrapin to to make her season debut at Lehigh, placing fifth for the team with a time of 23:02.

A pair of freshmen, Catherine Sheffo and Katie Nappi, rounded out the Terps' top seven at the Paul Short meet and will look to continue their success this weekend.

Rounding out Maryland's squad traveling to the Blue & Gold Invitational are Taylor Bumpas, Kallie Fehr, Christy Goldmann, Michelle Hess, Sydney King, Maeve McCoy, Bridget Nolan, Caitlin Orr, Julie Sinkovitz, Emily VandeWater and Sarah Vossler.