Terps Post Strong Performances At Paul Short

Sept. 28, 2012

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland women's cross country squad faced its strongest competition yet at the Paul Short Invitational in Lehigh, Pa. The Terrapins responded to the challenge, posting their best performances of the season. Overall, Maryland placed 25th out of 70 teams.

The 39th annual running of the invitational featured teams ranked among the top of the nation, including No. 15 Georgetown, No. 17 Princeton, No. 22 Villanova and Duquesne, which is currently ranked seventh in the Mid-Atlantic region.

As a team, the Maryland harriers packed in a tight group with only a span of 60 seconds separating the top five scorers.

Sophomore Myah Hicks crossed the line first for the Terps for the second week in a row, recording a time of 21:58 for the 6k course. Senior, Anna Roth, placed second for the team, followed closely by junior Rebecca Yep, who made her season debut. Roth and Yep proved their strength as they worked hard through the finish.

Freshman Jackie Lazzaro was forth in the team scoring with a time of 22:49 in her strongest race of the season. Junior Maryam Fikri made her season debut and finished in the final scoring position as she helped to secure a solid team finish.

Freshmen Catherine Sheffo and Katie Nappi were not far behind the pack as they finished sixth and seventh for the Terps, respectively.

The majority of the team set new personal bests for the 6k distance in this competition.

"Overall, I'm pleased with how things went today," said Maryland head coach Andrew Valmon. "The team continues to improve each meet as they prepare for peak performances at the ACC Championships."

The Terps return to action on Friday, Oct. 12 at the Delaware Blue & Gold Invitational