By: Muhammad Waheed, Staff Writer
Towson placed fourth out of eight teams with 108 points at the 6,000-meter Salty Dog Invitational hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy Saturday.
“I thought it was a good start to the season against some solid competition,” Head Coach Mike Jackson said. “I think we took it pretty conservatively in our approach, but excited to get out there and compete against some strong teams.”
Navy won the event with 29 points, while the University of Maryland, College Park, placed second with 47 points. American University took third-place with 56 points, and UMBC placed fifth with 138 points.
Sophomore Erica Israel timed 23:22.71 and placed 12th. This marks Israel’s second week of being the first Towson student-athlete to cross the finish line.
“[Israel] is a hard worker, very competitive and driven,” Jackson said. “She appreciates and respects her opportunity every time she gets one and we’re not surprised that she’s doing well.”
Senior Emily Johnson was the only other Tiger to finish in the top 20. She finished the race with a time of 23:51.13 for the 20th spot.
Sophomore Nicki Iacaruso had a personal best time of 25:15.55, while freshman Paige Keefer finished right behind with a time of 25:19.55.
The Tigers return to action in the Monmouth Invitational Saturday, Sept. 16. The competition will be hosted in West Long Branch, New Jersey, and is set to begin at 9:45 a.m.
“It’ll be a tough course, shorter race, but it’s a great part of training for us as well,” Jackson said. “A lot of our student-athletes are from New Jersey, so they’re familiar with the course and looking back to get there and have some of our friends, family and recruits be there, but also just compete against some other teams which includes Monmouth and others.”
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