NEW ORLEANS – After earning fifth-place finishes at the 2014 America East Championships, both of the UMBC track and field teams retained their spots in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Mid-Atlantic Regional Poll, the organization announced on Tuesday.
The Retriever men remain at No. 13 in the poll while the women are ranked No. 15. Penn State holds the top spot in both the men's and women's polls.
This past weekend in the New York, both of the UMBC squads placed fifth at the conference championships at the Armory.
Junior Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) paced the Retriever effort by sweeping the 60m and 200m dash events for the second straight season. She has now accumulated five gold medals in three America East Indoor Championships. Jackson's top season 60m time of 7.41 currently ranks tied for 36th in the nation as she tries to advance to the NCAA Indoor Championships for the second year in a row.
In addition, junior Alisha Beeman (Bridgeport, Conn./Bunnell/Hartford) claimed the top spot in the high jump. Beeman broke her own school record in the event by clearing 1.74m (5'8.5") on Monday after resetting the school standard in the pentathlon with a career-best score of 3,324 points on Sunday.
For the men, senior Andrew Smith (Chadds Ford, Pa./Garnet Valley) successfully defended his conference title in the 800m run in a time of 1:51.17. His school record time of 1:49.15, which he set earlier in the season at the Penn State Nationals, ranks tied for 24th in the nation.