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Maryland Cross Country Heads to Navy Invitational
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 09/11/2002

Sept. 11, 2002

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -

NAVY INVITATIONAL MARKS TERPS' SECOND 2002 MEET:

 The Navy Invitational will be held as the U.S. Naval Academy cross country course in Annapolis, Md., on Sept. 14.

 The USNA cross country course supports a 8,000-meter run for the men, and a 5,000-meter run for the women.

 Women's teams competing at the event are: Navy, VMI, Cleveland State, American, Loyola (Md.), The Citadel, Furman, UMBC, George Mason, Delaware, George Washington, Robert Morris, Canisius, Maryland and Mt. St. Mary's.

 Men's teams competing at the event are: Navy, Canisius, American, the Citadel, George Washington, Mt. St. Mary's, UMBC, Maryland, Virginia Commonwealth, Furman, George Mason and Louisville.

AT LAST YEAR'S NAVY INVITATIONAL:

 The women's team took home fourth place out of six teams, and the men's team finished fifth out of six teams. Navy cross country won both races, followed by American University teams in second.

 Kristen Lubas led the Terps for the women's team, finishing in 10th place and less than one minute behind Navy senior Mel Stock, who took home first. Mike Prada was the fastest-finishing Terp for the men's team, coming in eighth place. He was one of only two runners in the top ten that did not compete for Navy cross country.

 UMBC freshman Doug Allen was the other non-Navy competitor to finish in the top ten at last year's invitational. This year, he joins Maryland cross country as a sophomore.

NEWSWORTHY NEWCOMERS AND RELIABLE RETURNERS:

 Freshmen Katie Purcell and Cori Koch are coming off top-ten finishes in their first collegiate race, and continue to show improvement each week.

 Freshman Danielle Siebert also assisted in the women's victory at the Covered Bridge Open, as well as junior Lorna Dorland. They are expected to be consistentLY valuable finishers for the Terps.

 Returning runner Courtney Fiorovanti will join the rest of the Terps this weekend, after not running in the Covered Bridge Open last week. Head coach Trent Sanderson is hopeful that she will place in the top five overall at several meets this year.

 Sanderson says junior Kim Smith has worked incredibly hard during the off-season, and should be a valuable asset to the team this weekend.

 Junior Mike Prada and sophomore Adam Ambrus are running extremely well this year, after working diligently over the summer to improve their times from last season. Both are consistent top runnerrs for the men's team, and will help propel the team to high finishes.

COVERED BRIDGE OPEN RECAP:

 The Covered Bridge Open was hosted by Appalachian State University and was held on Sept. 6, in Boone, N.C. It was the Terps' first meet of the season.

 The women finished first and the men finished second out of six teams. This shows improvement from last season, when neither team had a first-place finish at an away meet.

 Purcell led the women to victory, her time of 18:33.50 earning her third place overall. Also finishing in the top ten were Koch, in sixth with a 19:06.10, and Smith, whose time of 19:16.00 gave her eighth place.

 Top finishers for the men's team were Ambrus, who finished second overall, and Prada, who finished in third place. The two posted times of 25:58.30 and 26:03.20, respectively. Also running well at the meet were sophomores Matt Adami and Mike Fleg, who took eighth and ninth place.

Following the Navy Invitational, the teams travel to Bethlehem, Pa., for the Paul Short Invitational on Sept. 28.



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