CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Former UMBC track and field athletes Orinthia Jones (Egg Harbor, N.J./Absegami) and Vicki Giacone (Lakeland, N.Y./Lakeland) have been named to the Big South All-Decade Indoor Track and Field Team for the years 1997-1999, the conference office announced on Wednesday afternoon.
Jones competed at UMBC from 1997-2001, running some of the fastest times in school history in the 200m dash and 400m dash. In 1998, she won the Big South title in the 400m event. Her top 200m time of 25.25 still ranks eight in the Retriever record book while her mark of 56.40 in the 400m dash sits fourth. At the time, both of her personal-best ranked second in school history.
Giacone was a two-time All-Conference selection for the Retrievers while competing from 1996-2000. She received her distinction in the shot put and the weight throw, claiming the conference championship in the shot put at the 1998 Big South meet. Giacone's toss of 12.13m (39'9.75) in 1998 still ranks as the tenth-best in school history for indoor competition.
The Big South Conference is celebrating its 30th Anniversary during the 2013-14 academic year. The All-Decade Teams are determined by a voting panel of administrators with fan voting accounting for 20-percent of the results.