BOSTON, Mass. – The UMBC track and field teams were back in Boston on Saturday, competing on Day One of both the ECAC and IC4A Championships. The women's ECAC meet is being held at the Reggie Lewis Track Center while the men are competing at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center.
At the women's meet, America East Most Outstanding Rookie Mercedes Jackson (Huntington, Md./Huntington)continued her impressive first season for UMBC. Jackson is the top qualifier for tomorrow's finals in the 60m dash after besting the field in a time of 7.51. The freshman also qualified for the event finals in the 200m dash, placing fifth with a time of 24.52.
Junior Amanda Deller (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen), who was named the America East Most Outstanding Female Field performer two weeks ago at the conference meet, placed fourth in the shot put on Saturday, with a toss of 14.61m (47'11.25').
Classmate Chowan Brightful (New Market, Md./Linganore) also picked up a top-20 finish at the regional meet, tying for 18th in the high jump with a leap of 1.64m (5'4.5").
Down the road at Boston University, freshman Malte Bertram (Einbeck, Germany/Goethschule Gymnasium) sits in tenth after the first day of competition in the heptathlon with 2,682 points. Bertram picked up a fourth place finish in the long jump, leaping 6.5m (21'4").
Sophomore Andrew Smith (Chadds Ford, Pa./Garnet Valley) posted a personal-best in the 800m, finishing 20th with a time of 1:52.92, and staying in second place all-time in UMBC's record book.
Senior Josh Hewitson (New Market, Md./Linganore) qualified for tomorrow's final in the 500m, finishing in 1:03.61.
Both meets continue tomorrow, with finals in the running events, in addition to the conclusion of the heptathlon competitions.