UMBC

Women's Track & Field

 
Mercedes Jackson
Mercedes Jackson
Height: 5-3
Year: Junior
Hometown: Huntingtown, Md
High School: Huntingtown
Position: Sprints

2014 Outdoor: Named the America East Most Outstanding Female Track Athlete at the 2014 conference outdoor championship meet after winning gold in the 100m dash and silver in the 200m dash… Also led off for the gold medal-winning 4x400m relay team… Matched her career-best and school record time of 23.58 in the finals of the 200m dash… Won the 100m dash on her home track at the Big Dawg Invitational at UMBC Stadium… Qualified for the ECAC Championships in both events at the season-opening FSU Relays in Tallahassee, Fla. … Advanced to the semifinals for the 100m dash at the ECAC meet at Princeton… Named to the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

2013-14 Indoor: Swept the 60m and 200m dash events at the 2014 America East Indoor Track and Field Championships and was named the Most Outstanding Female Track Athlete for the meet… Recorded a season-best 60m dash time of 7.41 three times during the winter season, including during the prelims of the conference meet in New York… Set her season-best time in the 200m dash of 24.00 en route to winning gold in the final at the America East Championships… Qualified for the ECAC Championships in both events while competing at the Penn State Relays… Named the America East Female Track Athlete of the Week on Feb. 11 after placing fourth in the 60m dash and seventh in the 200m dash at the Armory Collegiate Invitational.

2013 Outdoor: Earned an Honorable Mention on the All-America Team by the USTFCCCA after advancing to the NCAA Championships for the 100m dash… Placed 23rd overall in the event in Oregon… Reset her own school record in the 100m event four times during the year, trimming it down to 11.46 at the NCAA East Preliminaries at North Carolina A&T… Also reset her own school mark in the 200m dash, cutting it to 23.58 at the America East Championships… Swept the conference titles in both sprint events and was named the conference Most Outstanding Female Track Athlete at the America East meet at Binghamton… Won the ECAC title in the 100m event in a then-school record time of 11.51… Also anchored the 4x100 relay team to a silver medal at the America East meet.

2012-13 Indoor: Named a Second Team All-American by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA)… Broke her own school record in the 60m dash, qualifying for the NCAA Championships with a career-best time of 7.34 at the Penn State Nationals meet… Became just the fourth Retriever to ever qualify for the national meet… Placed 13th in the 60m dash with a time of 7.38 at the NCAA meet at Arkansas… Also reset her school record in the 200m dash with a new career-best time of 23.98, also at Penn State… Won both the 60m and 200m competitions at the 2013 America East Indoor Championships… Named the America East Most Outstanding Female Track Athlete at the championships in Boston.

2012 Outdoor: Won the 200m dash and finished second in the 100m dash en route to being named the Most Outstanding Female Rookie at the America East Outdoor Championships at Maine... Won the 200m event with a school-record time of 23.80... Set the school standard in the 100m dash by running an 11.66 during a second-place finish at the Morgan State Legacy Meet... Also a part of the 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams which broke school records... Finished 31st in the 200m dash and 44th in the 100m dash at the NCAA East Preliminaries.

2011-12 Indoor: Named the America East Most Outstanding Female Rookie at the conference meet in Boston after winning the 60m dash and earning a silver medal in the 200m dash... Broke her own school record in the 60m dash, along with the facility record, with a time of 7.49 in the event finals... Had initially set the school record in in the 60m dash in her first-ever collegiate meet, the Bison Opener... Also broke the record in the 200m event with a time of 24.00 in both the prelims and finals at the America East Championships. 

Background: Helped lead her team to win the state championship… Was a member of the National Technical Honor Society and was an Honor Roll student all four years.

Personal: Daughter of Robert and Beulah Watts… Has one older sister, Jeanine… Majoring psychology and hopes to become a physical therapist… Born Nov. 12, 1993.

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