BALTIMORE – Using school record performances and event victories, the UMBC men's track and field team took first place at the Morgan State Legacy Meet which concluded Saturday at Hughes Stadium. The men scored a meet-best 122 points while Retriever women's squad finished tenth with 36 points.
After taking the lead on Friday behind victories in the javelin and hammer from freshman Vincent Rentzsch (Oranienburg, Germany) and sophomore Thor Serafenas (Olney, Md./Good Counsel/Clemson), the Retrievers won three events on Saturday to clinch the victory.
Junior Yao Adantor (Laurel, Md./Reservoir/Morgan St./Maryland), who finished seventh in the hammer on day one, took the top spot in the shot put with a new school record distance. Already the record holder following the Big Dawg Invitational, Adantor improved his mark at Morgan State with a toss of 16.60m (54'5.5"). Serafenas also picked up a top-ten finish, placing eighth.
The distance team provided the other two wins as junior Jake Albino (Hampton, N.Y./Minisink Valley) won the 1,500m run and freshman Hassan Omar (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) claimed the 5,000m run. Albino paced the competition and pulled away on the final straight away, finishing in 4:00.55. Sophomore Eric Schuler (Columbia, Md./Reservoir) finished just three seconds back in fourth place.
In the 5k, Omar led a group of five Retrievers placing in the top-seven. The freshman crossed the line in a time of 15:00.18, with classmate Redatu Semon (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) and junior Tom Eldridge (Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky River) taking third and fourth, respectively, and senior TJ Cowing (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) and junior Brandan McGee (Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood) taking sixth and seventh.
In the sprints, senior Dennison Long (Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt/FIU) proved his versatility once again, earning top-five finishes in both the 100m and 200m dash events. In addition, he anchored the 4x100 relay team of Pat Balderson (Mount Airy, Md./Linganore), Dosu Teyibo (Silver Spring, Md./Barrie), and Jenove Blanfort to an IC4A-qualifying time of 42.47.
For the women, senior Amanda Deller (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen) made her return to the shot put competition by recording a season-best toss of 13.76m (45'1.75") to qualify for the ECAC meet next month.
Junior Cody Mezebish (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) posted a season-best time of 2:15.04 in the 800m run to place fourth.
In the 5,000m run, freshman Harmony Roche (Millersville, Md./Severn School) led a trio of Retrievers in the top-seven. Roche took fifth in the race with a time of 18:16.71, just ahead of sophomore Julie Gessler (Ellicott City, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) and freshman Nicole Dawson (Jessup, Md./Hammond) who finished sixth and seventh.
The Retrievers wrap up the invitational portion of their schedule with the Penn Relays next weekend. The three-day meet in Philadelphia begins on Thursday Apr. 25 at Franklin Field.