Women's Track & Field

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

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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