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Track and Field Heads to Northern Virginia for Mason Spring Invitational on Saturday
Freshman D'Nique Phillip
BALTIMORE – The UMBC track and field teams continue their outdoor season by traveling to Northern Virginia for the Mason Spring Invitational, Saturday afternoon at George Mason Stadium. The day will start with the throwing event kicking off at 10:00 a.m. while the running events commence at 12:00 p.m.
Half-way through their outdoor season, the Retrievers have received multiple record-breaking performances as five school marks have already been bested in the first three meets.
Sophomore starlet Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) broke both of her previous school records in the 100- and 200m dash events while competing two weeks ago at the Big Dawg Invitational on her home track. Jackson has already qualified for the ECAC Championships and currently leads the America East in both events while placing 13th in the 200m (23.60) and 28th in the 100m (11.65) in the NCAA East Region.
Jackson is not alone in the sprints as freshman D’Nique Phillip (Elkton, Md.) and junior Kirsten Jones (Brentwood, Tenn./M.L.K. Magnet) both rank in the top-ten in the conference for both sprints. Each athlete will forego the short sprints this weekend, however, to run in the 400m.
For the men, senior Dennison Long (Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt/FIU) will try to push his way into the UMBC all-time top-ten in the 100m after recording a career-best 10.78 last weekend at the Duke Invitational. He will also run the 200m dash and try to improve on his season-best time of 21.80 which he set at the Florida State Relays on Mar. 23.
Classmate Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) will join Long in the 200m dash, in addition competing in the 110m hurdles. Proctor’s season-best of 14.57 from last weekend in North Carolina ranks as the third-fastest in the America East and 79th in the East Region.
Transfers Yao Adantor (Laurel, Md./Reservoir/Morgan St./Maryland) and Thor Serefenas (Olney, Md./Good Counsel/Clemson) have come in and taken the lead for UMBC in the throws. Serafenas leads the conference in the discus with his throw of 48.29m (158’5”) at the Big Dawg Invite, while Adantor is third (45.51m, 149’4”). In the hammer, Serafenas occupies second (56.85m (186’6) with Adantor just back in fifth 948.83m (160’2”) and junior Ray Stinsman III (Mt. Laurel, N.J./Lenape) in sixth (47.95m, 157’4”).
Freshman Vincent Rentzsch (Oranienburg, Germany) has impressed early in his Retriever career after breaking the school record in the javelin at the FSU Relays and again at the Big Dawg meet. Rentzsch’s throw of 60.38m (198’1) leads the league in the event and has him qualified for the IC4A meet at Princeton.
The Retrievers set career-best results in the mid-distance and distance events last weekend and hope the times continue to fall before the conference championships.
Sophomore Paulette Fogle (Washington, D.C./Bishop McNamara) set career-bests in both the 400m run and 400m hurdles at Duke, breaking her own school record in the latter event. Fogle’s time of 1:01.64 ranks second in the conference and sits her in 66th for the NCAA East Prelims.
In the 800m run, freshman Andrew Keresztes (Port Jefferson, N.Y./Port Jefferson) and junior Andrew Smith (Chadds Ford, Pa./Garnet Valley) will run for the men while sophomore Sarah Daly (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) and junior Cody Mezebish (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) pace a group of four for the women. Keresztes (1:52.40) and Daly (2:14.90) each set personal-bests last weekend with Keresztes taking over the lead in the conference and Daly jumping to third.
Freshmen Redatu Semeon (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) and Hassan Omar (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) continue to impress in the distance events for the Retrievers. Omar won the 10,000m run in Durham last weekend, qualified for the IC4A meet in May, and now leads the conference with a time of 30:54.82. Freshman Noah Hutton (Bel Air, Md.) is right behind his teammate in the league rankings (31:49.86). Semeon, meanwhile, bettered his personal-best in the 3,000m steeplechase last week to 9:25.25 to rank second in the conference.