UMBC Men’s Track and Field Holds Steady in USTFCCCA Rankings Following America East Championships
NEW ORLEANS – Following a second consecutive second-place finish at the 2014 America East Outdoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend at Vermont, the UMBC men's track and field team has maintained its No. 10 ranking in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Mid-Atlantic Regional poll, the organization announced on Tuesday afternoon.
Princeton took over the No. 1 spot in the region, leaping over previous No. 1, Penn State while Navy, Pittsburgh, and Georgetown round out the top-five in the area. The Retrievers, meanwhile, have been ranked in each of the top-15 polls this outdoor season.
At the conference meet, the Retriever men claimed seven total gold medals – six individual and one relay top prize. Senior Dennison Long (Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt/FIU) swept the 100m and 200m dash events for the second straight year and was once again named the meet's Most Outstanding Male Track Performer. Long broke the conference record in the 100m dash (10.37) during the event prelims, and then tied during the finals. In addition, he snapped the league record for the 200m event (21.12) during his gold medal winning run.
Senior Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) also broke a conference record, setting the new standard at 14.01 while successfully defending his title in the 110m hurdles.
In the distance events, seniors Andrew Smith (Chadds Ford, Pa./Garnet Valley) and Jake Albino (Hampton, N.Y./Minisink Valley) won the 800m and 1,500m races, respectively, while also combining with sophomores Nick Johnson (Olney, Md./Sherwood) and Andrew Keresztes (Port Jefferson, N.Y./Port Jefferson) to break the school record and win gold in the 4x800m relay with a time of 7:34.11.
Senior Shioma Obemeata (New Rochelle, N.Y./Iona Prep/St. Francis) rounded out the Retriever haul by taking the top spot in the triple jump with a career-best leap of 14.97m (49'1.5").
The UMBC track and field teams have the upcoming weekend off from competition before sending top athletes to the ECAC/IC4A Championships at Princeton on May 15-16.