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Proctor and Obemeata Repeat, Phillip Wins First Conference Weekly Honor
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the second straight week, multiple UMBC track and field athletes earned America East Performer of the Week honors, the conference office announced on Tuesday afternoon. Seniors Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) and Shioma Obemeata (New Rochelle, N.Y./Iona Prep/St. Francis) once again swept the male weekly awards, while freshman D’Nique Phillip (Elkton, Md.) earned her first Female Track Athlete of the Week accolade.
Proctor earns his second straight Male Track Athlete of the Week award after becoming the first Retriever in school history to go under eight seconds in the 60m hurdles. A week after matching the UMBC school record of 8.00 held by Negasi Gerima, Proctor claimed the record for himself by running a 7.89 in the event finals at the Gotham Cup in New York. The senior sprinter finished tied for third overall in the event, but placed as the top collegiate competitor. His time ranks as the fastest in the America East this season and 11th-fastest in the country.
Joining his classmate as a back-to-back winner, Obemeata also reset a personal-best in the Big Apple. Competing in the triple jump, Obemeata finished third in the event by leaping 14.71m (48’3.25”), setting a new career-best and recording the longest such jump in the conference this season. His jump cleared his previous best which he set last season at the IC4A meet in Boston.
Meanwhile, Phillip earns her first career conference award following just her third collegiate meet. At the Gotham Cup, the freshman finished tied for seventh in the 60m dash after lowering her career-best time twice. In the preliminaries, Phillip ran a then-best 7.73 to advance to the finals where she lowered her time to 7.71, the third-fastest time in school history and in the America East this season.
UMBC continues its indoor season this weekend at the Terrapin Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex.