TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – UMBC freshman Vincent Rentzsch (Oranienburg, Germany) set a new school record in the javelin as the UMBC track and field teams opened the outdoor season at the Florida State Relays, Friday at the Mike Long Track.
On his fifth throw of the event, Rentzsch recorded a throw of 58.83m (193'00") to break the UMBC school record and finish third in the competition. The freshman's mark breaks the previous record of 56.03m (183'10.00") set by Mike Harte back in 1999. With his throw, Rentzsch qualifies for the IC4A meet which will be held at Princeton in May.
A three-time America East outdoor champion in the shot put, Deller posted a career-best throw of 47.19m (154'10.00") to finish third in the event and move up to third all-time in the UMBC record book. Serafenas also posted a new career-best with a throw of 54.85m (179'11.00") to place second in the Sunshine State and claim second in school history. He also qualified for the IC4A meet to be held in May.
Three-time America East 60m hurdle champion Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) opened his outdoor season by competing in the 110m hurdles. The senior finished seventh in the event with a time of 14.72.
After placing fifth in the 1,000m run at the indoor conference meet, freshman Andrew Keresztes (Port Jefferson, N.Y./Port Jefferson) started his first outdoor season by taking 26th in the 1,500m run in a time of 4:08.08.
The Florida State Relays continue on Saturday with an array of track as well as field events.