Men's and Women's Cross Country Home for the ACC Pre-Meet on Saturday

Sept. 22, 2004

The Maryland men's and women's cross country teams will look to continue their solid starts in 2004, as they race the first of two home meets for the season. The ACC Pre-Meet will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday with the women's race, while the men's race is set to begin at 11:00 a.m. This weekend's meet gives each Atlantic Coast Conference school the opportunity to run on the ACC Championships course before the October 30th meet.

The Maryland men enter the weekend with a collective five top-10 individual performances in the team's first two races, including a second place finish (25:44.61) by Pete Hess at last weekend's James Madison Invitational. Two other Terps - Florent Groberg in eighth with a 26:07.13 and Adam Ambrus in ninth 26:07.73 - finished among the field's top 10, as Maryland finished second only to the host Dukes.

The women also finished in second place at JMU, led by Meghan Braffet's second place time of 19:21.00. A combined five Terps finished in the top-10 in the field of 68, as Danielle Seibert took home fifth place with a time of 20:04, Katie Purcell seventh (20:17), Laurel Jefferson eighth (20:22) and Shari Gorga 10th (20:47). The team finished with 32 team points - 57 points in front of third-place Virginia Commonwealth - and was the only team in the field to have its entire top seven finish among the top 20 individuals.