UMES LOOKS TO REPEAT AT MEAC CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Oct. 23, 2008
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) will host the league's 2008 men's and women's cross country championships Saturday, Oct. 25.
UMES' men's and women's teams will attempt to become the first in the MEAC since the 1992 Coppin State Eagles to repeat as cross-country champions at the event.
Senior Merrecia James (Portland, Jamaica) led the way for the Lady Hawks at last year's championships with a time of 18:27. James has finished among the top five in each race that she has competed in this season and recorded the fourth fastest MEAC time in a five-kilometer race this season with a time of 18:18 at the Cappy Anderson Invite in Princess Anne.
Norfolk State's (NSU) Jennifer Chichester leads the MEAC on a 5K course with a time of 17:59 that she posted at the UMES Hawk Challenge.
On the men's side, the Hawks won a close race last season defeating the NSU by 10 points to capture their first title since the 1996 season. Sophomore Peter Sang (Kapsabet, Kenya), who was the top finisher for the Hawks a year ago, has paced UMES this season, winning the individual title at the Hawk Invitational with a time of 25:24.77.
NSU, which won seven consecutive titles from 1999-2006, has its sights set on reclaiming the MEAC crown after finishing runners up a year ago. The Spartans returned four athletes to this year's team who finished among the top 15 during last year's race.
The women's 5K is set for 9:45 a.m. and is followed by the men's eight-kilometer race at 10:30 a.m.