April 21, 1997

1996 Maryland Men's and Women's Cross Country Season Review

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The 1996 University of Maryland men's and women's cross country squad started off the season on a great note by winning the men's and women's titles at the Towson State Invitational, on September 13. The UMD men took five of the seven top places, edging out the University of Pennsylvania. The Terrapins' Ed Hogan was the team's top finisher, taking second place overall, with a time of 26:11 on the five mile course. The team's overall score was 21.

The women's squad defended their title at the meet, as the Terps' Kerrie Bowes won the individual championship for the second year in a row. Bowes finished with a time of 18:35 on the 3.1 mile course. The team's overall score was 33.

Next up for the Terps was the Morven Park Invitational hosted by George Mason at Leesburg, VA on September 21. The women's squad was again led by Bowes and her time of 18:54 for a second straight Top 10 finish. The team finished in sixth place overall with a score of 150. The men's team earned its second straight top five finish, placing fourth overall with a score of 113. Faisal Hasan lead the way for the Terps with a time of 26:46, to finish 19th overall.

On September 28, Maryland hosted the ACC Preview. The Terp's Joe Carpisassi just missed his second top 10 finish of the season by three seconds. Carpiasassi finished 11th overall with a time of 25:50. Three of the Terps' men finished in the top 20 to give them their third straight top five finish. Overall the team finished fourth with a score of 104. The women's squad did not fare quite as well, as they finished eighth of eight teams. Bowes was again the top finisher for the Terps, with a time of 19:17.

The Terps had a much better showing in their next meet as Bowes scored her second first place finish of the season at the Leopard Invitational hosted by Lafayette College on October 5. Bowes registered a time of 18:17, to lead the lady Terps to a fourth place finish and a score of 109. The men's team also finished fourth overall, earning a score of 81. Carpissasi finished sixth overall, his second top 10 of the year. Hogan and Hasan went on to finish in the top 20.

The Terps returned home the following weekend to host the Maryland College Invite. Once again Bowes led the way for the women's squad, finishing third for her third top five finish of the season. The women also placed five other runners in the top 20 to take second overall for the meet, with a score of 51. The men's squad went on to take first place, with a score of 25. The first place finish was their second of the season and their fifth straight top five finish.

Next up for the Terps was the Delaware Invitational on October 18. This would be their final warm-up meet before the ACC Championships. The men had another strong showing, taking second place and placing three runners in the top five overall. The women also took second, with Bowes winning the individual title with another first place finish.

The ACC championships were hosted by UMD on the College Park campus on November 2. On the women's side, Bowes recorded one of her best times of the year, a 17:34.8. However this would only be good enough for 14th place overall, as North Carolina's Karen Godlock won the 5,000 meter run with a time of 16:22.8. The women would go on to finish eighth in the competition with a score of 218, as N.C. State took the women's title with a score of 38.

The men's squad was led by Joe Carpisassi, who took 33rd place overall. The team would go on to finish in ninth for the championship with a team score of 231. N.C. State went on to sweep the Championships for the second consecutive year.

Bowes would go on to compete at the NCAA District III Championships on November 16 at Furman University. Bowes finished in 22nd place overall. Carpisassi, Hogan and Hasan also competed in the Championships, finishing 75th, 89th and 146th respectively.