Maryland Fairs Well In Face Of Tough Competition

Oct. 4, 2003

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Terps faced a tremendous challenge Saturday at Lehigh University's Paul Short Invitational, as they took on several nationally ranked cross country teams. They did this without the aid of some of their top runners, whom head coach Trent Sanderson chose to rest this weekend in preparation for next weekend's Maryland Invitational.

Despite the stiff competition, the teams turned in solid performances at the 30th annual invitational. The men's team finished 14th out of 33 Division I and II schools, a vast improvement from last year's finish, when they placed 17th out of 24 teams. The race belonged to cross-town rival Georgetown, who's ranked No. 14 in the country by MONDO, with a score of 31. Rounding out the top three spots in the men's team competition were Princeton (81) and James Madison (123).

Junior Adam Ambrus (Shamong, N.J.) was the Terps' top finisher with a time of 0:25:07.23 to take 24th place in a field of 233 runners. Also finishing in the top 100 in the 8K race were freshmen Peter Hess (Toms River, N.J.), who finished in 50th place and Michael Porter (Fredericksburg, Va.), who came in at no. 83. Steve Sundell from Columbia secured first place with a time of 24:08.44. Sundell also won last year's Paul Short Invitational.

The women's team also fared well in the face of tough competition. They finished ninth in a field of 32 Division I and II schools, besting last year's 10th-place finish. Georgetown, who is currently ranked No. 10 nationally, swept the invitational races, earning first in the women's race with a score of 28. West Virginia and No. 22 Tennessee finished in second and third with scores of 59 and 80, respectively.

Capturing first place in the 6K run was West Virginia's Megan Metcalfe who, like Sundell, also won last year's competition. First across the finish line for the Terps was sophomore Danielle Siebert (Chalfont, Pa.), who took 30th place with a time of 21:55.84. A total of five of the six Maryland runners finished in the top 100 in the field of 224 runners. Senior Kim Smith (Glastonbury, Conn.) secured 37th place (22:06.27), followed by freshman Laurel Jefferson in 46th (22:17.03), sophomore Cori Koch, who finished at no. 83 (22:46.61) and junior Courtney Fiorovanti in 94th place and a time of 22:55.95.

With the Paul Short Invitational behind them, the Terps set their sights on next weekend's Maryland Invitational, the sole home meet of the 2003 season.

Please click here for complete results from this weekend's Paul Short Invitational.