Terps Finish Strong At Maryland Invitational

Oct. 11, 2003

Revised Final Stats

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - American University swept the individual and team titles for the second consecutive year in the Maryland Invitational cross country meet Saturday at the University Golf Course. David Seymour and Keira Caristrom led all runners to help earn the first-place finish for the Eagles.

Maryland's Allison Carney finished second in the 5K women's race to guide the Terps into second place. Caristrom completed the course in 17:37.5, defeating Carney by 19 seconds. American placed four runners in the top 10 to score 33 points, edging the Terps who finished with 40 points.

"Allison came up with a huge, huge run today for us," said Maryland Coach Trent Sanderson. "We have a lot on our plate in the next week, so for her to run the way she did was great."

Kimberly Smith was fifth overall for the Terrapin women (17:56.2), while Rebecca Funk was seventh in 18:42.1. Also scoring for Maryland were Courtney Fiorovanti (12th at 19:07.3), Cori Koch (14th at 19:13.6) and Amie Shomette (28th at 20:06.9).

The Eagles won the men's team title after placing three runners in the top five and five scorers in the top 12 over the 8-kilometer course, scoring 31 points. Seymour led all men's finishers at 24:19.7, with John Bitok of Syracuse in second at 24:42.2.

Peter Hess was the top Maryland male finisher, placing third in 24:45.6 in his collegiate debut. The Terps finished with 81 points place fourth behind American (31), Norfolk State (63) and Syracuse (66). Senior Mike Prada placed seventh overall in his final home appearance as a Terrapin, finishing in 25:12.0. Also for Maryland, Matt Sanders was 21st in 26:05.4, Matt Adami was 24th at 26:17.6, Nathaniel Zola was 28th in 26:29.1 and Patrick Bailey was 33rd in 26:55.1.

"Peter made a phenomenal debut, and is right there with a couple of other All-Americans," said Sanderson. "Breaking 25 minutes on this course is a great accomplishment.

"We made a lot of personal debuts today in order to give some people some rest," Sanderson added. "This week, we will need to work extremely hard and get back to the drawing board, because on Thursday we leave for Pre-Nationals, which is an elite college race."

The Pre-Nationals will take place in Cedar Falls, Iowa, next Saturday.

1. American 33
3. Syracuse 85
4. George Washington 94
5. Howard 126
6. Hampton 141
7. George Mason 173
8. DC Capital TC 240
9. Coppin State 259

1. American 31
2. Norfolk State 63
3. Syracuse 66
5. George Washington 116
6. Howard 176
7. George Mason 207
8. Terps Running Club 221
9. Robert Morris 228
10. Coppin State 284