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Women’s Track and Field Finishes Third, Men Place Fifth at America East Championships
Mercedes Jackson was named the meet's Most Oustanding Rookie
BOSTON, MASS. – UMBC junior Amanda Deller (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen) was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Field Performer and freshman Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) was named the Most Outstanding Rookie as the UMBC women’s track and field team finished third with 106.50 points at the 2012 America East Indoor Championships at Boston University. Boston U. claimed the top women’s honor tallying 164 points, just ahead of last year’s champion, Albany (159.50).
Junior Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) successfully defended his title in the 60m hurdles to lead the men’s team to a fifth place finish. Albany defended its crown in the overall meet standings, garnering 187.50 points.
Competing in her first conference meet, Jackson broke her school record, and set a new facility record, winning the 60m dash in 7.49. The freshman also broke the UMBC record in the 200m, picking up a silver medal with a time of 24.00.
One day after winning the weight throw, Deller swept the meet’s throwing events by taking the gold in the shot put on Saturday. The junior won top honors with a toss of 14.00m (45’11.25”).
The 4x400 women’s relay continued the record breaking day by setting a new standard in UMBC history. Sophomores Kirsten Jones (Brentwood, Tenn./M.L.K Magnet) and Deborah Adelola (Lanham, Md./Bladensburg) in addition to freshman Paulette Fogle (Washington, D.C./Bishop McNamara) and Kalane’ Abbey (Laurel, Md./Laurel) combined for a time of 3:48.54 to claim bronze in the event.
Sophomore Cody Mezebish (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) sustained her strong form, running a personal-best 2:14.95 to jump to second place in the school record book and place fifth in the 800m.
For the men, Proctor led the way for the Retrievers, winning the 60m hurdles for the second consecutive year. The junior once again beat the field, finishing just off his school record pace in a time of 8.08.
Meanwhile, sophomore John Rybak (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) put in a strong effort, placing fifth (8.38) in the event. His time lands him tenth on the school’s all-time list.
Freshman Malte Bertram (Einbeck, Germany/Goethschule Gymnasium) claimed silver in the heptathlon in his first ever conference championships. Bertram’s overall score of 4,907 moves his name up to third in UMBC history.
In the mid-distance runs, senior Josh Hewitson (New Market, Md./Linganore) picked up a silver medal in the 500m with a time of 1:03.72.
UMBC picked up three top-10 finishes in the 800m with sophomore Andrew Smith (Chadds Ford, Pa./Garnet Valley) taking fourth (1:52.90), freshman Charles Bolinger (Bowie, Md.) placing eighth (1:54.87) and senior Pat Hairfield (Abington, Md./Archbishop Curley) (1:54.90) taking ninth. All three runners qualify for the IC4A meet with their performances.
The Retrievers now head home to begin preparation for the IC4A and ECAC meets. The regional meets will be held in Boston from Mar.3-Mar. 4.