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Proctor and Jackson Sweep America East Track Awards
Sophomore Mercedes Jackson
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UMBC senior Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) and sophomore Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) swept the America East Track Performer of the Week Awards, the conference office announced on Tuesday evening. Albany’s Alexander Bowen and Vermont’s Nika Ouellette won the weekly field awards.
The awards are the first for the UMBC track and field teams during the outdoor season after claiming a total of seven honors during the indoor season.
Competing at the Mason Spring Invitational, Proctor broke the UMBC school record in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.12. The mark breaks the previous school-best of 14.40 which was originally set in 1975 by Allen Hamlin and then equaled in 1997 by Bryan Beadle. Proctor’s time is the second-fastest in the America East this spring and ranks 31st in the NCAA East Region.
Jackson, the conference Most Outstanding Female Track Athlete at the indoor championships, broke her own school record in the 100m dash at the meet at George Mason. After qualifying first for the finals, Jackson set a new school standard with her time of 11.57 to take second in the event. This time sits atop the standings in the America East this season and places Jackson in a tie for 19th in the East.
Proctor, Jackson, and the UMBC track and field team continue their spring season on Friday with the start of the two-day Morgan State Legacy Meet.