JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – UMBC freshman Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) and sophomore Brandan McGee (Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood) competed in the 200m dash and the 3000m steeplechase, respectively, Friday evening at the NCAA East Preliminaries at Hodges Stadium on the campus of the University of North Florida.
Jackson, who also competed in the 100m dash on Thursday, finished in 31st in the 200m on Friday with a time of 24.17 to complete her impressive freshman year. The America East Indoor and Outdoor Most Outstanding Rookie, Jackson broke four UMBC school records in her first year in Baltimore while winning two conference titles.
Immediately after the 200m dash, McGee, the America East steeplechase champion, competed in the event, placing 46th in a time of 9:34.96. At the championship meet earlier this month, McGee broke the UMBC school record during his winning run, finishing the course in 9:01.73.
Jackson and McGee, along with junior Amanda Deller (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen) who competed in the shot put on Thursday, made UMBC history this weekend by becoming the first Retriever trio to compete at the regional meet in the same year. In addition, Jackson became the first ever Retriever female track athlete to compete in two separate events on the regional level.