Cross Country Teams Begin Preparations For ACCs

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Oct. 18, 1999

COLLEGE PARK, Md.- The University of Maryland's men's and women's cross country teams will have two weeks to prepare for the upcoming ACC Championships, due to the bye this weekend. The team will take this time to recover from injuries and to prepare both mentally and physically for the ACCs.

"The bye week will give us a chance to get Kerri Bowers (Salisbury, Md.) healthy. Also, we will be able to do some final preparation for training so that we can be as prepared as possible for the ACCs," says Coach Dan Rincon.

Bowers pulled her hamstring at the Paul Short Invitational and did not compete at George Mason. Sophomore Meghan White sat out last weekend's meet as well, due to illness. Rincon hopes this week's bye will allow for both of them to get healthy and begin preparing for the ACCs.

Meet Facts
ACC Championships
Date: Nov. 1, 1999
Time: TBA
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Women's Team Takes First Place at GMU Invite

The women's team emerged victorious last weekend as it took first place at the George Mason Invitational. Five women placed in the top 10, which earned the women 23 points and their first place finish.

Freshman Elizabeth Ramage (Victoria, B.C.) led the women with a time of 19:02.00, which earned her a second place finish. Juniors Keri Seher (Farmingville, N.Y.) and Kelly Crowley (Levittown, Pa.) followed with third and fourth place finishes, respectively. Seher's time was 19:11.30 and Crowley finished with a time of 19:21.00. Also faring well for the Terps was junior Becky Mack (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) and freshman Kristin Lubas (York, Pa.), who finished in sixth and eighth places, respectively.

Vincent Places First, Men's Team Brings Home Victory at GMU Invite

The men's team won the George Mason Invitational last weekend with a team score of 26 points. The team easily defeated second-place Mary Washington College, with 50 points.

Freshman Greg Vincent (Timonium, Md.) took first place with a time of 26:41.50 to lead the men's team. Sophomore Shawn Sullivan's (Timonium, Md.) time of 27:05.80 earned him a third place finish, and freshman Zack Webb (Lansdale, Pa.) followed in fourth place with a time of 27:18.30. Also faring well for the Terps was freshman Andrew Gell (Lutherville, Md.) who placed seventh.

Sullivan, Vincent and Webb Lead Men's Team As ACCs Approach

The success the men's cross country team has experienced this season can be contributed largely to its trio of leaders, all of whom are underclassmen. Sophomore Shawn Sullivan and freshmen Greg Vincent and Zack Webb have all stepped up to lead the team.

"Shawn has really stepped up and assumed the leadership role I've expected of him," says Coach Rincon. "He has come back in the sense that he has new-found confidence at this level and at the ACCs."

Rincon has also been impressed by Vincent and Webb, especially due to their ability to adapt to a new level of competition as freshmen. "The freshmen have really impressed me with their work ethic and consistenc," says Coach Rincon. "They improve from week to week. They respond to the challenges, and when they make mistakes, they fix them the next time out." Both Vincent and Webb have consistently placed in the top 10 of the majority of the meets they have participated in.

Last weekend's meet marks the second victory for the men's team.

Ramage and White Step Up to Lead Women's Team

The women's cross country team has turned in a number of strong performances this season. The team has won three meets this season, and freshman Elizabeth Ramage and sophomore Meghan White have played significant roles in getting the team to that point.

"It is exciting to have two relative newcomers, one a freshman and the other a transfer, to ignite our return to being competitive in the ACC," says Coach Rincon. Ramage and White have consistently been the team's top-two performers. On multiple occasions the two have finished one right after the other. Their success has not gone unnoticed, as members of the team look to them for guidance and strength.

Coach Rincon says, "They have helped us a lot. The other women look up to them and rally around them in the meets."