BALTIMORE, MD. – The UMBC track and Field team competed at three separate meets over the past two days. Heptathletes participated at the Bison Open and Multi in Lewisburg, Pa., while the sprinters and distance runners split up between the Patriot Games in Fairfax, Va. and the Penn State Nationals in State College, Pa.
Competing at the event held at George Mason, the Retrievers picked up multiple top-10 finishes at the day-long competition. The throwers had a particularly successful day led by junior Cameron McDearmon (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin) who won the weight throw with a toss of 17.37m (56' 11.85") while also placing second in the shot put, with a throw of 14.40m (47' 2.92"). Sophomore Chris Nash (Parkton, Md./Hereford) picked up second in the weight throw (16.62m, 54' 6.33") and classmate Ray Stinsmann III (Mt. Laurel, N.J./Lenape) claimed fifth (13.54m, 44' 5.07"). Stinsman also claimed bronze in the weight throw (14.10m, 46' 3.11").
Freshman Mary Katherin Kulp (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) continued her strong rookie campaign, running a 3:02.25 in the 1000m, which places 4th on UMBC's all-time list.
In addition, freshman Sarah Daly (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) won silver in the 500m, with a time of 1:21.07, while classmate Monica Hagenauer (Schnecksville, Pa./Parkland) placed second in the shot put (12.68m, 41' 7.21").
For the men, freshman Charles Bolinger (Bowie, Md.) claimed second in the 800m, while junior Shioma Obemeata (New Rochelle, N.Y./Iona Preparatory/St. Francis College) also picked up a silver, his in the triple jump, following a jump of 13.84m (45' 4.88").
Penn State Nationals
At the national meet in State College, Pa., the Retrievers picked up four top-10 finishes across the events. Junior Amanda Deller (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen) finished fifth in the shot put after a personal-best toss of 47' 8".
Freshman Mercedes Jackson (Huntington, Md./Huntington) competed well, also placing fifth at the meet, completing the 60m dash in 7.54.
Bison Open and Multis
Competing in a full heptathlon for the first time this season, UMBC took home second and fourth at the meet held at Bucknell. Freshman Malte Bertram (Einbeck, Germany/Goethschule Gymnasium) claimed the silver with 4,590 points, which places ninth on UMBC's all-time list. Meanwhile classmate Eric Ezenwanne (Columbia, Md.) picked up fourth with 4,322 points good enough for ninth on the school's all-time list. Bertram won the shot put event with a toss of 11.45m (37' 3.78").
The Retrievers continue their indoor schedule next week when they travel to New York City for the New Balance Collegiate Invitational. The meet is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3 and 4.