Jackson to Compete in 60m Dash Prelims on Friday at NCAA Track and Field Championships

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – UMBC sophomore sprinter Mercedes Jackson(Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown), the school record holder in the 60m dash and 200m dash, will compete in the 60m dash on Friday, Mar. 8, the first day of competition at the 2013 NCAA Track and Field Championships.

The preliminary round for the 60m dash is scheduled to begin at 6:55 p.m. on Friday evening at the Randal Tyson Track Center at the University of Arkansas. If she advances, Jackson will compete in the event finals on Saturday, Mar. 10 at 7:00 p.m.

The NCAA Championships will be streamed live on ESPN3 in addition to being available on the Watch ESPN application on smart phones.

Jackson is just the fourth Retriever to ever qualify for the NCAA Championships, following in the footsteps of her coach, David Bobb, as well as Huguens Jeans and Cleopatra Borel.  She gained entry to the national meet with her career-best and school-record time of 7.34 which she set first at the Penn State National Invitational on Jan. 26 and then again at the Armory Collegiate Invitational on Feb. 2.

The sophomore standout has taken UMBC and her competition by storm since arriving in Baltimore for the 2011-12 indoor season.  As a freshman, she broke the Retrievers' records in both the 60m dash and 200m dash, winning the former at the America East Championships.  This year, she swept the sprint event and was named the conference Most Outstanding Female Track Athlete.

In addition to her success during the indoor season, Jackson is the school record holder during the outdoor season in both the 100m dash as well as the 200m dash competition.  For her efforts she gained a spot at the NCAA East Regionals for both events last year.