Women's Cross Country Divides To Conquer This Weekend

Oct. 3, 2003

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The women's cross country team will divide between two meets this weekend, doubling the squad's chance for success and spreading Terp pride across the miles. One faction will travel to the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa., and the other to the Maryland State Collegiate Championships in Salisbury, Md. The team has won the first two meets of the 2003 season and will look for the third amongst the highly competitive fields in this weekend's races.

The 30th annual Paul Short Invitational, hosted by Lehigh University, features men's and women's cross country teams from around the region. The competition, which takes place on the Goodman campus, features six different races throughout the day on Saturday. The first race, the men's collegiate invitational (8K) will start at 10:00 a.m., followed by the women's collegiate invitational (6K), men's open (8K), women's open (6K) and high school boy's and girl's races (5K).

Last year at Paul Short, the team finished 10th out of 23 Division I and II schools. The top finisher for the Terps was then-freshman Allison Carney (Las Vegas, Nev.) who took 27th place with a time of 22:18.94. Also finishing in the top 100 were then-freshmen Courtney Fiorovanti (Toms River, N.J.) and Amie Shomette (Monrovia, Md.), who finished 68th and 75th, respectively.

"This is a very big, very competitive race," said Head Coach Trent Sanderson. "We're looking to sharpen our skills and really see who can step it up for us. In the women's race, I really think anything can happen."

Salisbury University will play host to men's and women's teams from across the state Saturday at the Maryland State Collegiate Championships. Squads from Division I, II and III, in addition to junior college, will all participate in the event. The women's reserve team will run a 6K race along grass and natural trails at Winter Place Park in Salisbury.

"The Maryland Championships are really a chance for some of our younger runners to gain experience and maturity," Sanderson said. "It's a slightly less competitive field and we're expecting some positive results this weekend."

The Terps placed third at the Maryland Championships at University of Maryland, Eastern Shore last year, behind Loyola and Towson, respectively. Leading the way was then-sophomore Bridget Baker (Elkridge, Md.) who finished third overall with a time of 19:36.00 in the 5K race. Her speedy finish was not only a new career-low, but a UMES cross country course record.

Results from both meets will be available on following the competitions Saturday afternoon.