START OF UMES XC SEASON DELAYED BY HURRICANE SEASON
Sept. 5, 2008
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Hurricane season is upon us and the Eastern Shore of Delmarva, being on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean is certainly in many storms paths. This weekend is no exception as Tropical Storm Hanna and Hurricane Ike threaten the coast. Due to projected high winds and torrential downpours from those storms the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) has been forced to cancel this weekends cross-country meet, the Lid-Lifter Invitational, held on the campus of UMES.
"The forecast is bad," said Head Coach Ernest Barrett. "We are anxious to get the season started and see where we are in terms of defending our MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) titles, however, we can't risk running in severe weather."
The match was a scheduled dual meet between the Hawks and Hampton University.
The storms are predicting high winds and rains that will not only make running difficult but traveling as well. "With Hampton coming across the Bay Bridge Tunnel we were worried that they may get stuck, not being able to get here or if they do, not being able to get back," added Barrett.
The Hawks' cross-country schedule is large enough they will not have to add a meet or reschedule this one.
UMES will now start the season next weekend, September 12, when they travel to the Navy Salty Seadog Invitational in Annapolis, Md. They will run their first home meet on September 20 when they host the Cappy Anderson Invitational.