BOSTON, Mass.—The UMBC men's and women's track and field team concluded the first day of the 2011 America East Championships Friday. The men sit in fourth place with 23 points. Binghamton leads with 57, followed by Albany and New Hampshire with 47 and 27, respectively. Boston University (20), Maine (9), Stony Brook (5), Vermont (4) and Hartford (3) round out the field. The women are currently seventh with 18.5 points. Albany leads with 50, followed by New Hampshire (44), Boston U. (42.50), Binghamton (22), Stony Brook (21), Vermont (19), while Maine has 16 points.
The men's distance medley relay team of senior Michael Christmas (Invercargill, New Zealand/James Hargest College), freshmen Andrew Smith (Chadds Ford, Pa./Garnet Valley) and Jake Albino (Hampton, N.Y./Minisink Valley) and senior Chris Snyder (McConnellsburg, Pa./McConnellsburg) finished second in a UMBC record and IC4A-qualifying time of 9:49.52.
Senior Martin Nevarez (Casa Grande, Ariz./Central Arizona College) won silver in the pole vault with an IC4A-qualifying mark of 4.80m, while junior Sam Wilson (Davidsonville, Md./South River) finished eighth with a mark of 4.35m.
Sophomore Amanda Deller (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen) earned silver in the women's weight throw with an ECAC-qualifying time mark of 16.33m, while sophomore Cameron McDearmon (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin) earned bronze in the men's weight throw with an IC4A-qualifying heave of 17.05m.
Senior Sara Parkinson (Chorley, England/Loughborough University) crossed the line fourth in the 5,000-meter run in an ECAC-qualifying time of 17:22.83.
Sophomore Chowan Brightful (New Market, Md./Linganore) placed sixth in the pentathlon with 3,210 points. Junior Laura Walker (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) finished eighth in the women's pole vault, hitting a mark of 3.00m.
After four events, senior Keith Onto (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant Boro/St. Francis (PA)) is first in the heptathlon with 2,781 points.
Junior Joshua Hewitson (New Market, Md./Linganore) is seeded first in the men's 500-meter dash after posting an IC4A-qualifying time of 1:03.67.
Sophomore Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) and senior Keith Brown (Columbia, Md./McDonough) are ranked second and third in the 60-meter hurdles. Junior Imani Colbert (Upper Marlboro, Md./C.H. Flowers) is seeded fourth in the women's 60-meter hurdles with an ECAC-qualifying time of 8.68.
Freshman Kirsten Jones (Brentwood, Tenn./M.L.K. Magnet) is ranked fifth in the women's 400-meter dash in an ECAC-qualifying time of 56.44, while junior Lauren Leclercq (Jessup, Md./Meade Senior High) is ninth with a time of 58.61. Jones is also seeded fifth in the 200-meter dash in 25.18.
Freshman Deborah Adelola (Lanham, Md./Bladensburg) is seeded sixth in the women's 500-meter dash with a time of 1:16.85.
The action continues Saturday at 10 a.m.