JACKSONVILLE – For the second straight day a UMBC athlete advanced out of the preliminary round as senior Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) reached the national quarterfinals of the 110m hurdles on the second day of the NCAA East Preliminaries, Friday at the University of North Florida's Hodges Stadium .
Competing in heat five of six in the first track event of the day, Proctor placed fourth and 20th overall with a time of 13.95. The time is the second-fastest in school history, trailing only his top time of 13.88 which he set at the Mason Spring Invitational back in April.
Proctor will now run in the quarterfinals on Saturday evening, with the heats set to begin at 7:05 p.m. The senior needs to finish in the top-12 overall tomorrow to book a spot at the 2014 NCAA Championships to be held June 11-14 in Eugene, Ore.
After resetting his own school record yesterday in the prelims of the 800m run, senior Andrew Smith (Chadds Ford, Pa./Garnet Valley) finished 22nd overall in the quarterfinals of the event on Friday night with a time of 1:51.30.
Smith broke the UMBC record for the indoor 800m event three times during the 2013-14 season, reaching the NCAA Indoor Championships in New Mexico courtesy of his top time, 1:48.82, set at the BU Last Chance Meet. The senior continued his torrid pace during the outdoor season, claiming the 800m run record back on April 12 at George Mason with a mark of 1:50.84. After three more record-breaking runs, Smith completes his Retriever career with his top time of 1:48.63 which was recorded on Thursday in the event prelims.
In addition to breaking the school record, Smith won the 800m run at both America East Championships this year.
The third and final day of the NCAA East Preliminaries is set to begin on Saturday afternoon with the men's pole vault at 12:00 p.m. The track events are scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. with the men's 4x100m relay.
- Senior Dennison Long was scratched from the quarterfinals of the 100m dash as well as the 200m prelims.