FAIRFAX, Va. – Competing with over 1,200 athletes from 37 different schools, four UMBC track and field athletes broke school records as the Retrievers competed at the Mason Spring Invitational at George Mason Stadium on Saturday.
Sophomores Paulette Fogle (Washington, D.C./Bishop McNamara) and Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown), as well as freshman Vincent Rentzsch (Oranienburg, Germany), broke their own records, while senior Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) broke a 38-year mark in the 110m hurdles.
Already the school record holder in the 60m hurdles after breaking the mark during this past indoor season, Proctor laid claim to the outdoor record on Saturday. Getting through to the event finals with a season-best time of 14.51, the senior sprinted into the record books with a new career-best time of 14.12, breaking the previous school-best of 14.40 which was first set in 1975 by Allen Hamlin and equaled by Bryan Beadle in 1997.
Not to be outdone, the other athletes improved their marks once again to further their bests. A week after posting a new school-best in the 400m hurdles at the Duke Invitational, Fogle did it again at Mason, lowering her career-best time to 1:01.59 while taking seventh in the event. Jackson, who reset her record two weeks ago at the Big Dawg Invitational, finished second in the 100m dash, but moved her time to 11.57.
Rentzsch, meanwhile, set a new school and career-best in the javelin for the third time this season. The freshman placed third in the event on Saturday by becoming the first Retriever to ever surpass the 200-foot mark with a toss of 208'3" (62.47m). Junior John Rybak (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) also had a career-day, recording a personal-best throw of 168'7" (51.38m) to move to sixth all-time at UMBC.
Senior sprinter Dennison Long (Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt/FIU) continued his progress into the school record books, jumping to second all-time in the 100m dash and third in the 200m dash. Long won the 100m event in a time of 10.39 and now trails only UMBC head coach David Bobb (10.18) in the record book. In the 200m dash, the senior took third with a new career-best time of 21.14.
In the mid-distance, America East indoor champion junior Andrew Smith (Chadds Ford, Pa./Garnet Valley) ran a new career-best in the 800m, finishing with a time of 1:52.19, edging his previous best (1:52.64), set two years ago.
Six Retrievers set new personal-bests in the 5,000m run, led by freshman Hassan Omar (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) who took over fourth all-time with a run of 14:46.55. Sophomore Eric Schuler (Columbia, Md./Reservoir), junior Tom Eldridge (Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky River), and freshman Noah Hutton (Bel Air, Md.) also broke previous bests for the men while freshmen Harmony Roche (Millersville, Md./Severn School) and Nicole Dawson (Jessup, Md./Hammond) each set new bests in the women's race.
In the 3,000m steeplechase, freshman Redatu Semeon (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) set a new personal-best once again. Semeon led a trio of Retrievers in the race, completing the course in 9:23.34 to take third all-time in the school's top-ten list.
Junior Mo Drammeh (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) bested his previous career-mark in the high jump and cleared 2.04m (6'8.25") to finish seventh at the meet and move into fifth at UMBC all-time.
Freshman Caitlyn Davis (River Hill, Md.) had a career-day in the field events. Davis set career-bests in the pole vault, as well as triple jump, moving into third at UMBC in the vault by clearing 3.00m (9'10").
Sophomore Thor Serafenas (Olney, Md./Good Coundel/Clemson) picked up three top-ten finishes on Saturday, placing second in the hammer, third in the discus, and eighth in the shot put. Junior Yao Adantor (Laurel, Md./Reservoir/Morgan St./Maryland) took second in the shot and tenth in the discus throw.
The UMBC teams return to action next weekend when they travel across town to take part in the Morgan State Legacy Meet on Saturday, Apr. 20.