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Personal-Bests Highlight Second Day of Duke Invitational
Senior Denny Long
DURHAM, N.C. – Multiple athletes set personal and season-best marks as the UMBC track and field team completed competition at the Duke Invitational, Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium.
The long sprint and distance crew led the way for the Retrievers, starting with freshman Andrew Keresztes (Port Jefferson, N.Y./Port Jefferson) and sophomore Sarah Daly (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) who finished seventh and 21st, respectively, in the 800m run. Keresztes completed the race in a personal-best time of 1:52.40 to take second all-time in the school record book while Daly moved to fifth all-time, crossing the line at the 2:14.90 mark.
In the steeplechase, freshman Redatu Semeon (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) bettered his personal-best time to 9:25.25 while finishing ninth. Juniors Brandan McGee (Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood) and Vinny DiSalvo (Washingtonville, N.Y./Washingtonville) finished 12th and 22nd.
A day after breaking her own school record in the 400m hurdles, sophomore Paulette Fogle (Washington, D.C./Bishop McNamara) set a personal-best in the 400m dash. Fogle moved to fifth in the school records with a time of 56.82 and placing sixth.
The sprinters were not to be outdone as seniors Dennison Long (Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt/FIU) and Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) set season-best times. Long took tied for fourth in the 100m prelims with a time of 10.78. Proctor, meanwhile, finished fourth in the 110m hurdles prelims and then jumped a slot to third in the finals (14.57).
For the women, sophomore Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) took second in the 100m dash (11.84) and fifth in the 200m dash (24.02). Jackson advanced to the finals in the 100m dash with a time of 11.79 in the event prelims.
Junior Yao Adantor (Laurel, Md./Reservoir/Morgan St./Maryland) took top-ten finishes in the shot put and discus on Saturday. Adantor finished fifth in the shot put with a toss of 15.83m and tenth in the discus, moving into 5th all-time in the latter event (45.51m, 149’3”).