Track and Field Heads to New York for the Gotham Cup on Friday
BALTIMORE – After receiving a pair of school record performances last week at the Penn State Relays, the UMBC track and field teams continue their indoor season this Friday at the Gotham Cup in New York City.
Sophomore standout Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) won both the 60m dash and 200m dash at the Penn State meet. For her efforts, she was named the America East Female Track Athlete of the Week. Already the school record holder in the 60m event, Jackson set a new standard by winning the dash in a time of 7.42. This year, Jackson will be looking to repeat in the short sprint competition after claiming the event by just .02 a year ago.
For the men, senior Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) was equally impressive last weekend, winning the 60m hurdles in a personal-best and school-record tying time of 8.00. Proctor, the two-time defending champion in the hurdles, made it a sweep of the conference track awards by earning the Male Track Athlete honor. He now looks to become the first Retriever to break eight seconds and also improve on a fifth-place finish last year.
In the field events, seniors Shioma Obemeata (New Rochelle, N.Y./Iona Prep/St. Francis) and Amanda Deller (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen) also put in strong performance last week in Pennsylvania to give UMBC a clean sweep of the weekly conference awards. Obemeata jumped a conference best 14.50m (47'7.00") to qualify for the IC4A meet in Mach to earn Male Field Performer of the Week while Deller recorded a conference-best toss of 13.72m (45'0.25") in the shot put for the female award. Deller also registered a toss of 15.65m (51'4.25) in the weight throw last week.
Junior Mo Drammeh (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) will attempt to join Obemeata at the regional meet after falling just four centimeters short last week in the high jump. Drammeh has qualified for the IC4A meet in each of his first two seasons at UMBC.
A young contingent has paced the Retrievers in the distance events so far this season. Last weekend, freshman Hassan Omar (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) earned a second place finish in the 3,00m run and sits in eighth place all-time in school history with a time of 8:35.01. For the women, freshman Angel Bucci (Upper Darby, Pa./Upper Darby) and sophomore Julie Gessler (Ellicott City, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) finished in fourth and seventh, respectively, at Penn State.
Junior transfer Yao Adantor (Laurel, Md./Reservoir/Morgan St./Maryland) and senior Cameron McDearmon (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin) have each qualified for the IC4A meet in the throws for the Retrievers. Adantor made the cut in the shot put with a toss of 15.74m (51'7.75") at the Bison Opener while McDearmon's weight throw of 17.47m (57'3.75) at Bucknell earned him a spot.