UMBC Track and Field Makes Short Trip for Two-Day Morgan State Legacy Meet; Distance Runners Head to New Jersey for Larry Ellis Invitational
BALTIMORE – The bulk of the UMBC track and field team will stay close to home this weekend as the Retrievers make a short trip across Baltimore for the two-day Morgan State Legacy Meet at Hughes Stadium. The meet will begin on Friday afternoon with the javelin and hammer throw competitions before resuming on Saturday morning with the track events. In addition, members of the Retriever distance team will make their way up to Princeton for the Larry Ellis Invitational.
Senior Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) led UMBC to another record-breaking weekend last Saturday and was named the America East Men's Track Performer of the Week for the second consecutive week on Tuesday. In addition, the hurdler was named the Corvias ECAC Men's Track and Field Division I South Athlete of the Week. Proctor smashed his previous school record in the 110m hurdles at George Mason, winning the event with a time of 13.88. The Retriever senior leads the America East and ranks tied for 17th in the nation. He will run the 100m dash and 400m hurdles this weekend.
In the hammer throw, junior Thor Serafenas (Olney, Md./Good Counsel/Clemson) reset his own school record with a toss of 58.95m (193'5") at Mason and now heads the conference standings. He also ranks in the top-ten in the America East in the shot put and discus. Serafenas, along with senior Yao Adantor (Laurel, Md./Reservoir/Morgan State/Maryland), who ranks second in the league in the shot put (16.59m; 54'5.25"), will compete in the discus, hammer, and shot at Morgan State.
Seniors Andrew Smith (Chadds Ford, Pa./Garnet Valley) and Cody Mezebish (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) each broke the school record in the 800m run last week. Smith finished sixth in the men's event with a time of 1:50.05, good enough to meet the IC4A standard. Mezebish, meanwhile, broke the women's record with an ECAC-worthy time of 2:10.68. Both will run in the 800m event again this weekend at Princeton with sophomore Andrew Keresztes (Port Jefferson, N.Y./Port Jefferson) joining Smith in the men's race and junior Sarah Daly (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) competing with Mezebish in the women's event.
Also competing at Princeton, sophomore Hassan Omar (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) will take to the 10,000m run event and while classmate Redatu Semeon (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) prepares for the 3,000m steeplechase. Two week ago at the Colonial Relays, Omar set a personal-best of 30:29.58 to finish second and meet the IC4A standard. Semeon improved his top career steeplechase time by almost seven seconds to 9:12.47 last week at the Mason Spring Invitational and better his lead at the top of the America East standings while also qualifying for the IC4A Championships to be held in May.
Senior Brandan McGee (Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood) will also run in the 3,000m steeplechase for UMBC while classmate Jake Albino (Hampton, N.Y./Minisink Valley) travels to the Garden State for the 1,500m run.
Senior Dennison Long (Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt/FIU) has posted a career-best spring so far and leads the America East in both the 100m (10.36) and 200m (20.86) sprint events. He has qualified for the IC4A Championships in both events while ranking 36th nationally in the 200m and 37th in the 100m event. Long will compete in the 4x400 and 4x100 relays at Morgan State.
For the women, junior Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) set a season-best of 23.96 last week at George Mason and sits behind only Taelour Murphy (23.71) from UMass Lowell in the league standings. She leads the conference in the 100m with her time of 11.71 at the Pepsi Florida Relays and will run in the 4x100 and 4x400m relays this weekend in Baltimore.
Senior Mo Drammeh (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) cleared a new personal-best in the high jump last weekend, 2.07m (6'9.5"), to meet the IC4A standard. He ranks fourth in the America East this spring, but will attempt to go higher this weekend at Morgan State, while also taking part in the long jump competition.
In the women's field events, junior Alisha Beeman (Bridgeport, Conn./Bunnell/Hartford) will compete in four events – high jump, long jump, triple jump, and javelin – at Morgan State. She broke the school record in the javelin back in March at the FSU Relays with a toss of 41.92m (137'6") and ranks second in the conference in the event. She also sits second in the high jump after clearing 1.74m (5'8.5") to win the America East indoor title and recorded a top outdoor jump of 1.68m (5'6") to capture the event in Tallahassee, Fla.