As a Junior (2005): Was not available due to injury (mononucleosis).
As a Sophomore (2004): Was an All-Region selection and fourth place finisher at the ECAC Championships... led the team with three top-five finishes... hit his stride at the end of the year, earning All-Mid Atlantic honors with a 23rd place finish at NCAA Regionals and running to a fourth place finish at ECAC/IC4As the following weekend... topped his season-best 8k time at those ECAC/IC4As, running a 25:03... finished second overall at the JMU Invitational (25:44.61)... won the ACC Pre-Meet, running a 25:49.12... was an 18th place finisher at the team's toughest regular season race, the Penn State Invitational.
As a Freshman (2003): Emerged as a front-runner for the Terps in his first collegiate season... earned ACC Freshman of the Year, All-ACC and Maryland Student-Athlete of the Week honors after his performance at the ACC Championships... came in sixth at ACCs with a season-best time of 24:35.... top Terp finisher at Maryland Invitational - came in third in first collegiate 8k run with a time of 24:45.
Before Maryland: Lettered three years in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track at Toms River North High School in Toms River, N.J... earned Shore Conference Runner of the Year honors three times and Ocean County Runner of the Year honors four times... Three-time state champion... won eight county championships and five conference championships in four years... left high school ranked No. 4 all-time in New Jersey cross country on the state course (5K: 15:36)... posted six school records, two Shore Conference records and three county records in four years.
Personal: Son of Betsy and Peter Hess... lists parents as the people he most admires because of all the support they've given him in sports and in life... enjoys surfing, playing guitar and going to the beach... chose to attend Maryland because of the strong combination between athletics and academics... majoring in letters and sciences.