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Women’s Cross Country Finish Second, Men Fourth

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Sara Parkinson finished he season opening meet in second place overall in 18.26.72. Suzanne Gabriel finished fourth in 19:04.35. Keri Wilson, Laura Blevins, and Megan Arnold finished out the scoring for UMBC.

One the men’s side freshman TJ Cowing finished 17th overall with a time of 16:135 Joy Day and Aristotle Johnson completed the freshman trio to cross first. Roy Jones and Michael Glassman rounded out the scoring.


The UMBC Sports Blog Awards

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Fall Sports:

Men’s Soccer-
MVP: Andrew Bulls (8 goals, 2 assists)
Freshman of the Year: Andrew Bulls (8 goals,, 2 assists)

Women’s Soccer-
MVP: Morgan Warrington (5 Goals, 1 assist)
Freshman of the Year: Mo Van Vlerah (35 saves, 67.3%)

MVP: Alyssa Lang (319 kills, 317 digs)
Freshman of the Year: Alyssa Lang (319 kills, 317 digs)

Men’s Cross Country-
MVP: Paul Zwama

Women’s Cross Country-
MVP: Sara Parkinson

Winter Sports:

Men’s Basketball-
MVP: Darryl Proctor (20.0ppg, 8.8rpg, 46.7 FG%)
Freshman of the Year: Chauncey Gilliam (10.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 51.4 FG%)

Women’s Basketball-
MVP: Carlee Cassidy (20.4ppg, 35.8 FG%, 32.1 3-pt%)
Freshman of the Year: Michelle Kurowski (13.7ppg, 4.6rpg, 40.6 FG%)

Men’s Swimming and Diving-
MVP: Justin Bronson

Women’s Swimming and Diving-
MVP: Samantha Maccherola

Men’s Indoor Track and Field-
MVP: Adrian Arthur

Women’s Track and Field-
MVP: Imani Colbert

Spring Sports:

Men’s Lacrosse-
MVP: Jeremy Blevins (151 saves, 54.5%)
Freshman of the Year: Rob Grimm (10 goals, 17 assists, 18 ground balls)

Women’s Lacrosse-
MVP: Kara Dorr (40 goals, 10 assists, 26 ground balls)
Freshman of the Year: Emily Coady (22 goals, 13 assists, 11 ground balls)

MVP: Shawn Retz (.380, 60 hits, 27 runs, .627 Slg%, 9 Home runs)
Freshman of the Year: Max Himmelstein (.303, 40 hits, 18 runs, .432 Slg%, 3 Home runs)

MVP: Stephanie Weigman (2.20 ERA, 22-16, 245.0 Innings Pitched, 293 strikeouts)
Freshman of the Year: Keala Mason (.255, 13 hits, 5 runs, .353 SLG%, 1 HR)

Men’s Indoor Track and Field-
MVP: Victor Gilreath

Women’s Track and Field-
MVP: Britney Foreman

Men’s Tennis-
MVP: Fredi Voorman

Women’s Tennis-
MVP: Cornelia Carapcea

Final Awards

Men’s POY: Darryl Proctor
Women’s POY: Stephanie Weigman

Men’s ROY: Andrew Bulls
Women’s ROY: Michelle Kurowski

Men’s Cross Country Finish 17th in NCAA Regionals

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Paul Zwama was the first retriever to cross and he was 42 overall. Michael Christmas finished 84th, Andrew Madison 94th, and Chris Bowie and Josh Okoniewski finished tied for fifth to round out the scoring.

For the women Sara Parkinson places 52 and was thw first to cross followed by Suzanne Gabriel who finished 81st.

That ends the season for the cross country team as they all move on to the track season starting soon.

Written by Corey Johns

November 16, 2008 at 4:56 am

XC finishes 5th and 8th in AEC championships, Kelhower and Parkinson all-AEC

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Overall all the teams finished as expected in the confernece championship, New Hampshire won the men’s and Stony Brook won the women’s. The only slight disappointment was the men’s team finishing 5th after being picked third. But they still had a great season.

Here is how it went:

Anthony Kelhower (8)- 25:59.5
Andrew Madison (14)- 26:15.2
Paul Zwama (25)- 26:45.2
Chris Bowie (32)- 26:56.5
Michael Christmas (44)- 27:34.9
Josh Okoniewski (48)- 27:46.1
Roy Jones (59)- 29:20.9

Anthony Kelhower 8th place finish made him an All-AEC selection. In the first three meets for UMBC this season he finished justy behind Paul Zwama and in the final two he finished just ahead of Zwama. Maybe Zwama should have been a selection but he’s only a sophomore and Kelhower is a senior, either way congratulations to Kelhower.

Sara Parkinson (9)- 17:59.7
Suzanne Gabrieo (23)- 18:40.5
Keri Wilson (46)- 19:45.7
Cortney Crouse (55)- 20:32.7
Emily Saltsman (59)- 20:55.3
Allison Mathis (62)- 22:04.5
Sarah Murphy (63)- 22:35.2

The ninth place finish solidified Parkinson as a All-conference pick. She didn’t compete in the first two meets but in the last three for the retrievers she finished far and away from the rest of the team, including a first overall finish in the Towson Invite and a 3rd overall finish in the Princeton invite.

Though both teams didn’t finish as high as expected you have to realize, a lot of the talent will come back and the teams are both under the direction of a new coach, and didn’t know it untill the week before the first practice. Gitterman has done a great job with the teams and I see both getting much better in the future.

Written by Corey Johns

November 2, 2008 at 3:20 am

Cross Country Get Ready for America East Championships

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UMBC’s Preview

America East’s Preview

here at two really good previews of the meet.

It’s hard to compare cross country teams unless the race eachother on the same track but, I can try, and as the championships are won separately I will preview them separately.


UMBC is lead by Paul Zwama and Anthony Kelhower who has finished 1-2 in every meet this year. Josh Okoniewski, Andrew Madison, Michael Chirstmas, Chris Snyder, and Chris Bowie all add great depth to the team.

New Hampshire was picked to win their third straight conference title this year in the preseason poll. The Wildcats placed second in the New England Invitational this year and are lead by a very good quartet: Wesley Dinnan, Ben Jenkins, Nick Decrescanzo, and Brent Powers. Josh Kearns, Patrick Rush, and Wesley Moseman add good depth.

Stony Brooke was picked second by just two points in the preseason poll and are ldead by Alex Felce who was named America East and ECAC athlete of the week last week.

Maine was picked tied third with UMBC and is lead by Miles Bartlett.

Binghamton is lead by Andrew Ugolino and were picked to finish fifth.

Picked to finish sixth was Albany, lead by Bruan Yurkewecz. UMBC faced Albany in the Towson Invitational and they beat the great danes by 42 points as they came two spots behind UMBC’s first place finish.

Seventh were Vermont who hosted last years championship meet is lead by Doug Maisey who finished 84th in the NCAA regional meet last season.

Lately, Hartford is lead by Jonas Hampton


UMBC was picked to finish seventh but the new coach Matt Gitterman has really improved the women’s side throughout the season. Like the men’s side, the women’s side has a strong 1-2 punch, Suzianne Gabriel and Sara Parkinson. After those two Keri Wilson, Cortney Crouse, and Emily Saltsman add good depth.

Picked to finish, Stony Brook has been nationally ranked six straight weeks and at a highest point of 12th in the nation. The Seawolves are led by five top ten finishers from last year: Jessica Hampson, Holly Van Dalen, Laura Huet, and Lucy Van Dalen.

Boston U was voted to a tied for second lead Sarah Mosser, Erin Legasse, and Andrea Walkonen.

New Hampshire was the other second place team finished second in the New England invitations and is lead by Kim Povec and Erica Jesseman.

Binghamton is next lead by Ashley Horton

Maine is lead by last year’s fifth place finisher Jessica Belliveau

Albany was sixths and is lead by Emily Fung and finished 45 points ahead of UMBC in the Towson Invitational with a second place finish (UMBC was third).

Vermont was picked 8th but don’t let that fool you. They has vastly improved having finished first in three of five meets with a hird place finish and an 11th place finish in the 45 team New England Championships. They are lead by Aly Millett.

Finally Hartford is lead by Stephanie Lombardi who qualified for the NCAA regionals last year.

It’s going to be a very tough meet for UMBC, after all, it’s the championships. BUt UMBC has improved a lot under new coach Matt Gitterman and hold a very bign home field advantage as the meet takes place in UMBC’s backyard of Oregon ridge park

Parkinson Finishes Third in Princeton Invitational

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The women’s cross country team came in ninth out of ten teams, but they are certainly improving. Again I want it to be know that the women’s team did not get recruited under the last few coaches and it’s a very small team. But the individual performances over the last few meets have been amazing.

Sara Parkinson finished htird overall just two second behind the next best runner. What Parkinson did was pretty amazing seeing that the next best retriever (Suzanne Gabriel) finished 29th, which is still very good. The rest of the scoring members were Keri Wilson (85th), and Cortney Crouse and Emily Saltsman.

As for the men’s team we’ve been spoiled with great performances but this meet was of a different level going up against some of the top school on the east coast. The team still finshed 8th overall out of 13 teams. Senior Anthony Kelhower was the first retriever to finish (26th overall) followed by Paul Zwama, Andrew Madison, Michael Christmas, and Chris Snyder to round out the team’s scoring.

This meet let UMBC know where they stand on the east coast and took on some pretty good teams, the meet is great fo experience but the only meet that matters is Nov 1 and that is the AEC championship, which they host.

Written by Corey Johns

October 19, 2008 at 4:38 pm

Cross Country: Princeton Invitational Preview

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It’s almost impossible to do a true preview on XC because the teams in the invite are not really easy to find but I do know Princeton is the top ranked XC team in its region.  BUt I’m going to focus on UMBC.  The men’s team has dominated this year so far and so has Paul Zwama.  He has been the first retriever to finish every race, but impressively the rest of the men’s team is right behind him, which has been the reason for the team’s success.  As for th women’s, they havenot recruited runners and are a small team.  They started the season off slow but they recently finished htird in their last meet.  All I know is Gitterman is a good coach and has his cross country team ready to win.

Written by Corey Johns

October 17, 2008 at 3:36 am