Cross Country Squads to Host Maryland Invitational

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September 25, 1998

COLLEGE PARK, MD.--The University of Maryland will welcome three other schools to compete in the mens 8,000 meters and the womens 5,000 meters this Saturday. American University, Howard University, and Bowie State. University will all make the trip to College Park to face the Terps. Marylands mens team will try to improve on last weeks strong outing at the George Mason Invitational where they placed third overall. The women will look to the more experienced veterans this week along with the youthful group that competed last week.

The mens cross country team took third place out of ten teams at the George Mason Invitational on Sept. 19. The teams strong performance was due in part to three top-25 overall finishers. Junior Faisal Hasan (Columbia, Md.) finished seventh overall in the 8,000 meters with a time of 25:48.5. Right behind him was senior Matt Green (Etma, N.H.) who took 11th in 26:01.5, and junior Steve Hedgespeth (Baltimore, Md.) who placed 21st in 26:42.1. The teams overall score of 107 was not enough to overtake Mount St. Marys (first with 24 points) or William & Mary (second with 47 points).

In the womens race, Coach Dan Rincon started some of the teams younger athletes in an effort to gain valuable team experience. The result was a ninth place finish out of ten teams. The top Maryland performers were sophomore Keri Seher (Farmingville, N.Y.) in 30th, freshman Monique Berry (Andover, Conn.) in 33rd, and freshman Maria Knab (Gaithersburg, Md.) in 46th.

Congratulations to Coach Rincons nominations for ACC Performer of the Week. For the mens team the nominee was junior Faisal Hasan and for the womens team it was sophomore Keri Seher. The ACC selects a cross country Performer of the Week every Monday afternoon.

Quoting Head Coach
"On the mens side, I felt we had a successful meet...We were beaten by two nationally ranked teams, Mount St. Marys and William & Mary, but other than that I felt we had a good, solid effort and improved on the week before...Now we want to continue to improve upon that effort...On the womens side, our goal was to give some of the younger women some experience...Their inexperience did show. This week we want to see who the top seven women are."