Oct. 13, 2004
The Maryland men's and women's cross country teams, coming off victories in their last meet action and spending the past three weeks training, will head to University Park, Pa. for the Penn State Invitational this weekend. The meet is expected to be the team's toughest meet of the young season and will go a long in preparing the teams for their upcoming championship meets.
The men's team finished in first place at the ACC Pre-Meet on September 16th, as five Maryland men finished among the race's top six runners. The team won with 17 points - two points shy of a perfect team score. Peter Hess won the meet with a time of 25:49.12, followed by Florent Groberg in second (26:28.02), Adam Ambrus in third (26:28.96), Matt Sanders in fifth (26:41.43) and Matt Adami (26:43.16) in sixth.
The women's team also posted a convincing victory at the ACC Pre-Meet, finishing with 27 team points to top second place Clemson, which finished with 48 points. Meghan Braffet led the Terps with her third straight second place finish to start the year. Braffet finished with a time of 23:53.48 for the 6.3k course, followed by Laurel Jefferson in fourth place (24:51.58). Six Maryland runners finished among the race's top 10, as Katie Purcell, Danielle Siebert, Shari Gorga and Cori Koch came in sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth places, respectively.
After the Penn State Invitational, the teams will have off-weekends to gear up for the ACC Championships at the Maryland Golf Course. Last season, both the men and women posted seventh place finishes. For the men, it was the team's best finish in school history, and for the women, it tied a school-best set in 1991. Peter Hess was named ACC Freshman of the Year after those Championships, as he finished in sixth place overall.