Cross Country Squads Are Ready For Showdown At George Mason

Maryland Athletics
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Oct. 11, 1999

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The University of Maryland's men's and women's cross country teams, who competed at the Paul Short Invitational last weekend, will travel to the George Mason Invitational in Fairfax, Va., this Saturday. The meet will provide a break from the high pressure meets in which the Terps have participated recently.

"This weekend will give us a nice little tune up coming off a high-pressure meet like the Paul Short Invitational," coach Dan Rincon said. "It will not be as pressure-packed."

American University, George Mason University and Mary Washington College are participating in the upcoming meet and will provide the Terps with a fair amount of competition. Rincon says, "This weekend will give us a chance to keep our legs moving and keep our competitive fire."

The George Mason Invitational, held in Fairfax, Va., will begin at 10:00 a.m.

George Mason Invitational
Date: Oct. 16, 1999
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Site: Fairfax, Va.

Women's Team Places 13th at Paul Short Invite
The women's cross country team turned in another solid performance in taking 13th place out of 32 schools at the Paul Short Invitational last weekend.

The women were led by freshman Elizabeth Ramage (Victoria, B.C.) who finished 29th overall with a time of 18:29.70. Also faring well for the Terps was sophomore Meghan White (Cockeysville, Md.), who placed 46th with a time of 18:51.84. Junior Keri Seher (Farmingville, N.Y.) and freshman Kristin Lubas (York, Pa.) finished 73rd and 75th respectively among the 212 runners competing.

Maryland finished with a team score of 362. Georgetown won the meet with a score of 39.

Men's Team Takes 23rd Amongst Heavy Competition
The men's cross country team placed 23rd out of 30 schools at the Paul Short Invitational last weekend. The men were led by sophomore Shawn Sullivan (Timonium, Md.), who finished 72nd with a time of 26:00.81. He was followed by freshman Greg Vincent (Timonium, Md.) who placed 80th with a time of 26:10.24, and freshman Zack Webb (Lansdale, Pa.) who took 120th with a time of 26:41.08.

James Madison won the meet with a score of 37. Maryland finished with a team score of 586.

Terps Looking to Run as a Pack to Improve at the ACC Championships
The Terps are looking ahead to the ACC Championships, held in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Nov. 1. The Terps will have two weeks to prepare for the ACCs after this weekend's meet. "The week in between gives us a chance to rest up and get focused and committed to the ACC Championships," Rincon said.

He has high hopes for the ACCs. "We definitely have people on the squad capable of getting in the Top 10 or 15 at the ACCs with the support from the rest of the pack," he said. Rincon sees the Terps' success lying in their ability to run as a pack, as the team has done for much of the season.

Terps' Season Has Potential for Strong Finish
The men's and women's teams have had consecutive strong performances this season. The women placed first at both Mt. St. Mary's and the Maryland Invitational. Freshman Elizabeth Ramage (Victoria, B.C.), juniors Becky Mack (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) and Kelly Crowley (Levittown, Pa.) and senior Kerri Bowers (Salisbury, Md.) have all been instrumental in the Terps' success. Rincon looks to his top seven to carry the team at the ACCs. "We're going to try to finish with a good race at the ACC Championships. It would be a good way to end the season," Rincon said.

The men have also had a strong season even with only two returning runners. Sophomore Shawn Sullivan has stepped up to lead the men's' team as have freshmen Greg Vincent and Zack Webb. Rincon hopes to see these three step up their games another notch for the ACCs. "Shawn will have to lead the way because he has been to the ACCs before. Greg Vincent and Zack Webb will get a taste of ACC action. Their progress to this point provides them with a physical level to compete, we just need to have mental preparation," Rincon said.