Aug. 18, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Combine one of Maryland's most decorated distance athletes ever with a strong in-state recruiting class and the outlook for the Terrapins men's cross country season is very bright for 2010.
Alex Lundy returns as a senior after earning back-to-back appearances as an individual at the NCAA Nationals. His feat of qualifying for Nationals even once is the first such milestone by a Terrapin in recent history.
Lundy led the Terrapins to the line last season both at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship and the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals. His sixth-place finish at the regionals earned him All Mid-Atlantic accolades.
He went on to finish in the top half of a world-class field at the NCAA Championships, placing 88th last year after finishing 125th as a sophomore.
Lundy is expected to be joined at the top of the lineup by veteran Greg Kelsey, who will run this year after getting a medical hardship waiver for 2010. Kelsey missed all but two races in 2009 - two second-place finishes individually - and will participate while taking graduate courses this fall.
Kelsey has been either the first or second Maryland finisher to the line through most of his career, getting three top-10 finishes in 2008.
Maryland has added another veteran to the cross country squad this season in Dan McDevitt, who comes to College Park as a graduate student after a successful career at Loyola (Md.).
Two other seniors will compete after strong seasons in 2009. Kyle Gaffney, who ran in the second through fourth spot a year ago, will be in his second season as a Terrapin after transferring from American University. Gaffney had three top-15 individual finishes a year ago.
Greg Jubb also returns after running in the fourth through sixth spots last year. Jubb placed 17th individually for the Terps at the Wolfpack Invitational early last season.
Other returnees for Maryland include juniors Chris Conway and Sumanth Kuppalli, sophomores Brian Faherty, Craig Morgan and Joshua Finkle, who missed the 2009 cross country season after transferring but participated in track and field.
Adding to the optimism for the new year is Maryland's incoming freshman class, which is one of the strongest in recent memory.
DeMatha standout Cory Puffett will join Kyle Graves of Good Counsel High School and Sean O'Leary of Walter Johnson in making their collegiate debuts in 2010. Each of the three bring outstanding credentials to College Park after dominating local high school competitions in Maryland.
Maryland opens its 2010 schedule on Sept. 3 with a trip to the Mount St. Mary's Duals.
This year's NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals will be hosted by Penn State, prompting the Terps to see the regional course early with an Oct. 16 trip to the Penn State National.
The Terps will also have a close-to-home meet at the Navy Invitational on Sept. 18 and will attend the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh on Oct. 1.
Maryland will compete on Oct. 30 in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships being hosted by Boston College.