NEW ORLEANS – UMBC sophomore sprinter Mercedes Jackson(Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) has been named a Second-Team All-American by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross County Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the organization announced on Monday evening.
Jackson recently competed at the NCAA Track and Field Championships at the University of Arkansas, placing 13th in the 60m dash with a time of 7.38. Jackson is the fourth Retriever to ever compete at the national meet and earn All-American status. UMBC head coach David Bobb was the first to earn the honor during the 1996 indoor season, competing in the 55m dash and 200m dash. Cleopatra Borel (2002) and Huguens Jean (2003) followed with Borel winning the national championship in the shot put.
Though only in her second year at UMBC, Jackson holds the school record in both the 60m and 200m dash indoor events, as well as the 100m and 200m sprints outdoors. After setting both indoor records during her first season on campus, Jackson broke both again this season, setting the 200m standard to 23.98 and lowering the 60m mark to 7.34, a time which gained her entrance to the NCAA meet.
After winning the 60m dash at her first America East Indoor Championships, Jackson added the 200m sprint to her haul this year and was rewarded with the meet's Most Outstanding Female Track Athlete honor.