LEWISBURG, Pa. – Six Retrievers earned second-places finishes as the UMBC track and field teams competed at the Bison Opener, Saturday afternoon at Bucknell.
Junior Yao Adantor (Laurel, Md./Reservoir/Morgan St./Maryland) qualified for the IC4A's with a personal-best toss of 15.74m (51'7.75") in the shot put. His distance slots him second on the UMBC all-time record list. The transfer also earned a top-ten finish in the weight throw, claiming ninth (15.23m; 49'11.75"). Junior Cameron McDearmon (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin) led the way for the Retrievers in the event, finishing third with a throw of 17.47m (57' 3.75").
The Retrievers picked up two second place finishes in the jumps as senior Shioma Obemeata (New Rochelle, N.Y./Iona Prep/St. Francis) and junior Mo Drammeh (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) competed in the triple jump and high jump, respectively. Obemeata registered a 14.40m (47' 3.0") leap and Drammeh cleared 1.94m (6' 4.25").
UMBC earned two other top finishes in the distance events. Freshman Redatu Semeon (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) finished the 3,000m run in 9:08.05 with classmate Ben Pickett (Abingdon, Md./John Carroll) just back in fourth place (9:16.36). In the mile, Andrew Keresztes (Port Jefferson, N.Y./Port Jefferson) finished second (4:23.39) with junior Andrew Smith (Chadds Ford, Pa./Chadds Ford) finishing third (4:26.11).
Senior Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) also picked up a second-place finish, completing the 60m hurdle event in 8.03.
For the women, senior Amanda Deller (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen) won both the weight throw and shot put, while sophomores Ebonique Jones (New Castle, Del./New Castle) and Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) each claimed a win, Saturday afternoon at the Bison Opener at Bucknell. Jackson's win in the 60m dash came in a school-record time of 7.47.
Deller, the Most Outstanding Female Field Performer at last year's America East Indoor Championships, won both events in which she participated at Bucknell. The senior opened her year by winning the weight throw with a toss of 15.39m (50'6.0") and then capped it with a win in the shot put with a distance of 13.68m (44'10.75"). Freshman Jennifer Nelson (Plainfield, Conn.) finished seventh in the weight throw with a toss of 13.38m (43'10.75") while Nneoma Edokobi (Rockville, Md.) and Emma Mayne (Mt. Airy, Md./Linganore) placed sixth and tenth in the shot put.
For Jackson, this is the second consecutive season in which she won the 60m dash at Bucknell, and the second year in row in which she did it in school-record time. In her first collegiate meet last year, Jackson lowered the mark to 7.52. After bettering the record to 7.49 at the conference meet last February, the sophomore bested her own time again on Saturday, winning the prelims in 7.48 and then beating the field in Pennsylvania with a time of 7.47 in the finals.
Jones rounded out the wins for the Retrievers, though numerous athletes posted top-five finishes. The versatile sophomore won the long jump, recording a personal-best mark of 5.55m (18'2.5") which leaves her tied for second place in the UMBC record book. She also finished tied for second in the 60m dash (7.76) with teammates Tess Seale and D'Nique Phillip (Elkton, Md.) placing fifth and sixth.
Senior Chowan Brightful (New Market, Md./Linganore) kicked off her final campaign successfully, finishing second in the 60m hurdles (9.16) and tied for third in the high jump (1.55m; 5'1").
In the distance events, sophomores Alyse Gibson (Columbia, Md./Reservoir) and Mary Katherine Kulp (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) earned top-five finishes. Gibson finished third in the 3,000m run (10:55.33) and Kulp placed fifth in the mile (5:30.72).
The Retrievers placed five in the top-eight in the 500m run, paced by junior Kirsten Jones (Brentwood, Tenn./M.L.K. Magnet) who finished in second (1:18.11). Sophomore Sarah Daly (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) and Cody Mezebish (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) also placed in the top-five.
Likewise in the 800m, four Retrievers finished in the top-ten with sophomore Paulette Fogle (Washington, D.C./Bishop McNamara) leading the way with a second-place finish (2:25.68). Freshman Lynne Deckel (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) finished fourth.
The 400m proved fruitful as well with Briana Young (Bowie, Md./Elizabeth Seton) leading a foursome of athletes to finish in the top-ten.
UMBC now has the remainder of the 2012 calendar year off before continuing its indoor schedule on Jan. 5 at the Penn State Relays.