April 8, 2014

Proctor and Rentzsch Earn America East Weekly Track and Field Awards; Retriever Men Ranked Eighth in Region

America East Release

USTFCCCA Regional Poll

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The UMBC men's track and field team has swept the weekly America East Male Performer of the Week awards for the second time this outdoor season, the conference office announced on Tuesday morning.  Senior Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) was named the conference Male Track Performer of the Week while sophomore Vincent Rentzsch (Oranienburg, Germany/Elite Sportschule Potsdam) earned his second Field Performer of the Week honor of the season.

In addition, the Retriever men are ranked eighth in the Mid-Atlantic region in the first United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll of the outdoor season. 

Two weeks ago, Rentzsch and senior Dennison Long (Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt/FIU) swept the men's awards while junior Alisha Beeman (Bridgeport, Conn./Bunnell/Hartford) won the Female Field Performer of the Week citation.

Proctor earns his first conference award of the campaign, and second in the last two seasons, after a record-breaking performance at the Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla.  The senior broke his own school record of 14.12 in the 110m hurdles with a new mark of 14.05.  Proctor placed 19th out of a national field of 50 athletes.  He had previously qualified for the IC4A Championships with his time of 14.14 at the FSU Relays back in March and leads the conference with his new time.

Rentzsch, meanwhile, garners his second field award in three weeks after earning a top-ten finish in the javelin at the meet at the University of Florida.  The sophomore placed sixth out of 20+ athletes with a weekend-best toss of 63.38m (207'11").  Rentzsch, an NCAA Championships participant last spring, currently leads the America East with his top season toss of 66.09m (216'10") at the FSU Relays.

The UMBC track and field team is back in action this weekend at the Mason Spring Invitational in Fairfax, Va. on Saturday, April 12.