Sept. 30, 2010
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The University of Maryland men's and women's cross country teams will face their first strong test of the season on Friday when they compete in the Paul Short Run, hosted by Lehigh University.
The Terrapins will send out their full men's squad for the first time this season, as many of the top runners have been concentrating on training as opposed to external competition. Two-time NCAA national qualifier Alex Lundy will join fifth-year senior Greg Kelsey atop a veteran lineup that features three seniors and two graduate students.
The Maryland women had a full squad compete two weeks ago when they won the team title at the Salty Dog Invitational at Navy. Sophomore Julie Fricke was the first Terrapin to the line in that event, joining freshman Becky Yep in getting top-10 individual finishes.
The men will run eight kilometers beginning at 11 a.m., with the women following with a 6K race at 11:45.
Maryland will be part of a 42-team field that makes up the Gold Division in the event. The Terrapins will get a strong early season test from a field that includes a number of squads highly ranked in their respective regions.
Iona (No. 12), No. 22 Virginia and No. 24 Georgetown are nationally ranked squads scheduled to compete on the men's side. The Terrapins, which have fielded incomplete teams in the first two events with fewer than five competitors, enter the Paul Short Run ranked 13th in the Mid-Atlantic, but were 10th in the preseason.
The Terrapin women are currently sixth in the Mid-Atlantic Region and will test themselves Friday against the likes of nationally ranked teams from Georgetown (No. 6) and Virginia (No. 16).
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