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Track and Field Continues Indoor Season Close to Home at Terrapin Invitational on Saturday
Sophomore Paulette Fogle
BALTIMORE – The UMBC track and field team continues its indoor season on Saturday with its closest-to-home meet at the Terrapin Invitational. The meet, which is being held at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex in Landover, Md., will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the women’s 5k run on the track and the weight throw, as well as the shot put, in the field competitions.
The Retrievers enter the Terrapin Invitational with a full complement of athletes and on the heels of another record-setting day, this at the Gotham Cup last Friday. In all, UMBC collected three of the four possible conference Performer of the Week honors following the meet in the Big Apple.
In New York, senior Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) became the first Retriever to ever go under eight seconds in the 60m hurdles and was rewarded with a second straight America East Track Athlete of the Week honor. His time of 7.89 is a school record and currently ranks as the fastest time in the America East as well as the 11th-fastest in the NCAA this season.
Classmate Shioma Obemeata (New Rochelle, N.Y./Iona Prep) joined Proctor on the honor roll for the second consecutive week, earning Field Athlete of the Week accolades for his effort in the triple jump. Obemeata passed his previous best in the event by recording a leap of 14.71m (48’3.25”) at the Gotham Cup, the longest jump in the conference in 2012-13.
Also for the men, junior Yao Adantor (Laurel, Md./Reservoir/Morgan St./Maryland) and Thor Serafenas set new career-bests in the throws. Adantor, who set a career-best and the second-farthest throw in UMBC history in the shot put (15.74m; 51’7.75”) at the Bison Opener in December, pushed past his previous mark in the weight throw with a toss of 15.89m (52’1.75”) in New York. Serafenas, meanwhile, made an immediate impact for the Retrievers and ranks seventh all-time in both the shot put (14.72m; 48’3.50”) and weight throw (15.62m; 51’3.00”). The Retrievers look to get back senior Cameron McDearmon (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin) in Landover after resting last weekend.
UMBC has received contributions from numerous athletes in the track events early in the season. Freshman Hassan Omar (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) has recorded a top-ten finish in both the 3k and 5k this season, and ranks in the respective top-ten lists at UMBC. In the sprints, senior Dennison Long (Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt/FIU) leads the pack after recording a career-best 60m dash time of 6.88 two weeks ago at the Penn State Relays.
One the women’s side, sophomore Mercedes Jackson (Huntington, Md./Huntingtown), the school record holder in the 60m and 200m dash, earned another top-five performance at the Gotham Cup with a finals time of 7.43 in the short sprint event. She also gained a friendly challenger as freshman D’Nique Phillip (Elkton, Md.) ran the third-fastest time in Retriever history (7.71) to garner the America East Female Track Athlete of the Week award. Her time sits as the third-fastest time in the conference this season while Jackson’s record time of 7.42, set at the Penn State Relays, is the fastest.
The Retrievers look to a revitalized mid-distance and distance group to round out the track events. Running in her second meet of the season last week, sophomore Paulette Fogle (Washington, D.C./Bishop McNamara) turned in a career performance, finishing seventh in the 500m and moving into third all-time with a time of 1:14.96. Junior Kirsten Jones (Brentwood, Tenn./M.L.K. Magnet) finished just behind her teammate and ranks fourth in school history with her 1:15.50 time.
Three-time America East indoor shot put champion Amanda Deller (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen) turned in a season-best effort in the event last weekend with a toss of 13.87m (45’6.25”), the longest in the conference. Junior Emma Mayne (Mt. Airy, Md./Linganore) set a new personal-best and ranks sixth in the America East after registering a throw of 11.66m (38’3.25”) in New York.