UMES CROSS COUNTRY THIRD AT CAPPY ANDERSON INVITATIONAL
Merrecia James (r.) finished fourth at the Cappy Anderson Invitational Saturday.
Merrecia James (r.) finished fourth at the Cappy Anderson Invitational Saturday.

Sept. 20, 2008

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) men's and women's cross-country teams each finished third at the Cappy Anderson Invitational Saturday.

On the men's side, the Hawks were bested by Pittsburgh (41 points) and Seton Hall (56 points). UMES tallied 77 points on strong finishes from Amon Kiprotich (Kapsabet, Kenya) and Peter Sang (Kapsabet, Kenya), who were third and fourth, in times of 25:45.47 and 25:50.31, respectively.

Naomi Tanui of Coppin State set the women's course record, crossing in 18:03.49. Merrecia James (Portland, Jamaica) was fourth for the Hawks in 18:18.10. The UMES women had 106 points, while Pittsburgh (41 points) and Norfolk State (81 points) took first and second overall.

"It was a great meet, it was organized well," said UMES head coach Ernest Barrett. "With regards to [our] team, I'll tell you I was surprised they really came out and defended their turf. Their results reflect that they are getting better and better each week," Barrett said.

UMES placed three more women in the top-21 spots. Cynthia Anais (Paris, France) was 13th in 19:10.01. Celia Whyte (Manchester, Jamaica) finished 16th with a time of 19:24.67, and Eunice Jones (Lanham, Md.) was 21st in 19:31.87. Janeth Chelangat (Nairobi, Kenya) was the Hawks' final scorer, finishing 61st in 22:16.67.

Other UMES finishers were Danai Lendor (Lawrenceville, N.J.) and Tiffany Webb (Upper Marlboro, Md.).

Maritim Shadrock (Kericho, Kenya) was 12th in 26:31.99 for the UMES men, and was followed by Solomon Kirongo (Nairobi, Kenya) in 22nd spot (27:26.68) and Jerome Pyuzza (Laurel, Md.) in 41st (29:08.17) as the other scorers for the Hawks.

Other finishers for UMES were Kenneth Greene (Windsor Mill, Md.), Jermol Dix (Catonsville, Md.), Jamahl Strachan (Nassau, Bahamas) and Corey Alexander (Orange, N.J.).

"As a meet overall, it was actually one of the best meets we have put together here," said Barrett. "We had 12 women under 19 minutes - I mean, that's awesome for the course."

UMES is back in action Friday, Oct. 3, at the Towson Invitational.