Sept. 14, 2002
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Coming off a powerful win in its opening meet of the season, the Terrapin women's cross country team was expected to perform well this weekend at the Navy Invitational. With the help of a talented set of newcomers, the women delivered, placing a close second behind Navy on Saturday in Annapolis, Md.
The Terps' second place out of 12 teams is a marked improvement from their finish at last year's Navy Invitational, where they finished fourth out of six teams. The men's team also greatly improved their standings, placing fourth out of a competitive 15-team field. Last year the men's team won fifth in the six-team race.
The speedy duo of freshmen Katie Purcell and Cori Koch led the women's team, just as they did last weekend in North Carolina at the Covered Bridge Open. Purcell's time of 18:33.34 earned her second place overall, and a spot in the top 10 all-time at the USNA course. She finished less than 30 seconds behind American's Samia Akbar, who won the 5,000 meter race. Koch finished in seventh with a 18:58.15. Junior Lorna Dorland and newcomer Allison Carney also posted strong finishes on Saturday, placing 12th and 16th, respectively.
On the men's side, another talented pair of runners led the Terps. For the second meet in a row, sophomore Adam Ambrus and junior Mike Prada posted the leading times for Maryland. Ambrus ran the 8,000 meter race in 25:12.77, winning seventh overall, and Prada's time of 25:27.85 earned him 11th. Ambrus' time was nearly two minutes faster than his time at last year's Navy meet. Prada also showed improvement, as his time was nearly 30 seconds faster than his performance last season. Navy runners Aaron Lanzel, Eric Eckstrand and Ben Glaser took first through third place. Sophomore Matt Adami finished 19th in the meet for Maryland, less than 30 seconds behind Prada.
The Terps will have two weeks to practice and prepare for the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa., on Sept. 28.