Sept. 13, 1999
COLLEGE PARK, Md.-- The University of Maryland's women's cross country team will compete in its second meet of the season this weekend in Annapolis, Md. The Terps will compete in a five-team meet on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Both the men's and women's teams consist primarily of underclassmen this year, and head coach Dan Rincon is eager to see how his squad will fare this season. The women's team performed well in winning its first competition, a dual meet against Mount St. Mary's. The team will be competing against four other teams Saturday: American University, George Washington University, University of Richmond, and Navy.
Men's Team Takes Second at Navy Invitational
Freshmen Greg Vincent (Timonium, Md.) and Zack Webb (Lansdale, Pa.) finished third and fourth, respectively, to lead the Maryland men to a second place finish at the Navy Invitational last Saturday.
Vincent's time of 26:41.0 in the 8,000 meters was good for third place, while Webb's mark of 26:52.1 was enough for fourth. The pair of newcomers propelled the Terps to a score of 54 and a second place finish out of four teams. American University won the meet with a score of 39. George Washington University placed third with a score of 59, followed by the University of Richmond in fourth with a score of 65. Navy was disqualified for cutting the course.
Also faring well for Maryland was sophomore Shawn Sullivan (Timonium, Md.), who placed 14th with a time of 27:56.7. In addition, freshman Andrew Gell (Lutherville, Md.) finished 15th with a time of 28:09.3.
Crowley, Mack and Seher Lead Women's Team
This year's women's team consists of both experienced veterans and talented newcomers. From last year's top seven runners, juniors Kelly Crowley (Levittown, Pa.), Rebecca Mack (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) and Keri Seher (Farmingville, N.Y.) all return. Crowley placed 41st at last season's ACC meet and Seher placed 46th.
"Kelly, Rebecca and Keri are running pretty strong right now," said Rincon. "We have had a nice addition with a couple of transfers such as Kerri Bowers (who transferred from Salisbury) and Meghan White (who transferred from North Carolina). We are excited about the freshman class on the women's team. Elizabeth Ramage, from British Columbia, and Kristin Lubas, a finalist in the Pennsylvania state meet, are two people capable of stepping up and making an impact for us this year."
Sullivan and Higgins Lead Men's Team The men's team this season consists of primarily freshmen, but senior Brian Higgins (Columbia, Md.) and sophomore Shawn Sullivan return to provide both experience and leadership. Last season, Higgins placed 61st at the ACC Championships.
"Besides Brian and Shawn, everybody else is a freshman so we have a very young men's team," said Rincon. "Zack Webb and Greg Vincent are handling the transition to college pretty well. I expect to see big things from them."
The Key Meets This Season
Besides this weekend's meet against Navy, Rincon sees a number of other meets this season as being crucial to Maryland's success.
"The meet at George Washington (Sept. 25) will be a fairly good regional invitational," Rincon said. "The Paul Short Invitational (Oct. 9) is going to be a pretty important meet for us because it's going to give us a taste of what a big-time cross country meet is going to be like. There are 40 other teams at that meet."
The ACC in 1999
The biggest meet of the season for both teams this season will be the ACC Championships, which take place in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Oct. 30. Rincon has no illusions about which team will be the favorite.
"NC State (which swept both the men's and women's titles in 1998) has everyone back on the women's side and should be pretty good on the men's side. They have got to be the favorites again this season."