Track and Field Competes at ECAC/IC4A Championship Meets at Princeton
PRINCETON, N.J. – Junior Amanda Deller (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen) and freshman Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) each picked up another top-10 finish as the UMBC track and field teams competed at the regional ECAC and IC4A Championships held at Princeton this weekend.
For Deller, who won the America East shot put title for the sixth straight time last weekend at the conference championships, it was another quality finish, placing ninth in the event with a toss of 14.21m (46'7.5"). Senior Chrissy Robinson (Lusby, Md./Patuxent) finished eight spots back in 17th with a personal-best distance of 13.26m (43'6") which keeps her in fourth place all-time in school history.
Jackson, the America East Indoor and Outdoor Most Outstanding Rookie, led the way on the track for the Retriever once again, reaching the finals of the 100m dash and placing fifth in the event with a time of 11.79. The freshman improved in each heat over the weekend and finished just off of her UMBC record pace of 11.66 set at the Morgan State Legacy meet in April. Jackson also finished 14th in the 200m dash at the regional meet with a time of 24.59.
On the men's side, senior Aaron Brooks (Upper Marlboro, Md./DeMatha) also recorded a top finish, taking tenth in the discus with a toss of 49.70m (163'1"). The veteran thrower also finished in 23rd in the shot put, recording a distance of 15.38m (50'5.5").
Also for the Retrievers, junior Shioma Obemeata (New Rochelle, N.Y./Iona Prep/St. Francis) placed 12th in the triple jump with a leap of 14.59m (47'10.5") and America East steeplechase champion sophomore Brandan McGee (Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood) finished 22nd in the distance event in a time of 9:20.81.