INDIANAPOLIS – UMBC sophomore standout Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) became the fourth Retriever to ever advance to the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, the intercollegiate governing body announced on Monday evening. Jackson will compete in the 60m dash at this weekend's meet at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
Jackson joins an elite group of Retrievers to qualify for the NCAA meet, which includes UMBC head track and field coach David Bobb, Cleopatra Borel, and Huguens Jean.
"She worked hard all last year and now again this year," said coach Bobb. "This season she is reaping the benefits of that hard work."
The sophomore standout gains entry to the NCAA Championships thanks to her school record time of 7.34 which she recorded first at the Penn State National Invitational on Jan. 26 and then again at the Armory Collegiate Invitational on Feb. 2.
Jackson's entry to the national meet is just another accomplishment she has received since she arrived on UMBC's campus in 2011. In her two indoor seasons for the Retrievers, Jackson has earned the school record in not just the 60m dash, but also the 200m dash. After winning the 60m dash and finishing second in the 200m event at the 2012 America East Championships, Jackson swept the sprint competitions this season to earn conference Most Outstanding Female Track Athlete accolades.
In addition to her success indoors, Jackson claimed the school record in the outdoor 100m dash as well as the 200m dash during her first year at UMBC. For her efforts, she gained a spot at the NCAA East Regionals for both events.