NEW YORK--Three ECAC/IC4A qualifying times and two golds highlighted the UMBC men's and women's track and field performance at the NYRR Saturday Night at the Armory in New York City. The men finished fifth with 61 points, while the women placed 10th with 17 points.
Senior Sara Parkinson (Chorley, England/Loughborough University) made her indoor season debut, winning the 3,000-meter run in a career-best and ECAC-qualifying time of 9:45.43, nearly eight seconds faster than her previous best.
The men's 4x800-meter relay team of senior Michael Christmas (Invercargill, New Zealand/James Hargest College), junior Roy Jones (New Market, Md./Linganore), freshman Jake Albino (Hampton, N.Y./Minisink Valley) and senior Chris Snyder (McConnellsburg, Pa./McConnellsburg) picked up the gold in and IC4A-qualifying time of 7:51.60.
Junior Joshua Hewitson (New Market, Md./Linganore) made his season debut in the men's 500-meter dash in which he holds the school record, finishing third in an IC4A-qualifying time of 1:04.44.
In the women's 400-meter dash, freshman Kirsten Jones (Brentwood, Tenn./M.L.K. Magnet) placed sixth in a UMBC season-best time of 58.18.
Two freshmen men scored in the men's 800-meter run, with Andrew Smith (Chadds Ford, Pa./Garnet Valley) and Albino finishing fifth and sixth, respectively. Smith's time of 1:56.45 was UMBC's season-best time in the event.
Jones placed eighth in the men's 1,000-meter run in a UMBC season-best time of 2:30.54.
In the men's 1-mile run, Christmas placed fifth in a UMBC season-best time of 4:19.99, while fellow Snyder crossed the line seventh in 4:22.55.
The Retriever men took fourth and fifth in the men's 60-meter hurdles, with sophomore Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) finishing just ahead of senior Keith Brown (Columbia, Md./McDonough) in times of 8.27 and 8.36, respectively.
Senior Martin Nevarez (Casa Grande, Ariz./Central Arizona College) placed fourth in the men's pole vault at 4.50m, while freshman Mo Drammeh (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) finished sixth in the men's high jump, hitting a mark of 1.88m.
Freshman Dosu Teyibo (Silver Spring, Md./Barrie) finished fourth in the men's long jump with a leap of 6.72m, while fellow sophomore Shioma Obemeata (New Rochelle, N.Y./Iona Preparatory/St. Francis College) placed fourth in the men's triple jump, hitting a UMBC season-best mark of 14.25m.
Junior Kiki Malomo-Paris (Northern Ireland/Glenlola Collegiate School) finished eighth in the women's long jump with a leap of 5.44m.
Junior Chrissy Robinson (Lusby, Md./Patuxent) placed sixth in the women's shot put with a throw of 12.14m. Junior Aaron Brooks (Upper Marlboro, Md./Dematha) finished fifth in the men's weight throw with a heave of 15.40m.
The Retrievers return to action next Saturday for the Maryland Indoor Invitational in Landover, Md.