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Men’s Track Holds at 12th in Mid-Atlantic; Retrievers Make Trip to Philly for Penn Relays
Junior Cody Mezebish
BALTIMORE – After winning the Morgan State Legacy Meet last week, the UMBC men’s track and field team remained the 12th spot in the USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic rankings, the organization announced on Tuesday afternoon.
The Retriever team combined to win a total of five events at the cross-town meet with two athletes breaking school records in the process. In all, UMBC scored 122 points to outpace a field of 20 other schools including Pittsburgh (73.50 pts.) and Robert Morris (57 pts.) who finished in second and third, respectively.
UMBC now heads to Philadelphia to make its final preparations for the 2013 America East Outdoor Championships at the Penn Relays. The three-day meet at the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field kicks off on Thursday, Apr. 25 and runs through Saturday, Apr. 27.
Throwers Vincent Rentzsch (Oranienburg, Germany) and Thor Serafenas (Olney, Md./Good Counsel/Clemson) got UMBC going on Friday, claiming the javelin and hammer events. Rentzsch broke the UMBC school record in the javelin for the fourth time this season. The freshman recorded the two-best throws of the competition, winning the event with a toss of 65.40m (214’7”) which tops the America East and ranks tied for 25th in the NCAA East region. Serafenas, meanwhile, sits in second in both the discus (48.29m, 158’5”) and the hammer (56.85m, 186’6”) in the conference and in the top-100 in the East. Rentzsch will complete in the javelin while Searfenas takes to the hammer this weekend in Philly.
Junior Yao Adantor (Laurel, Md./Reservoir/Morgan St./Maryland) continued the throwers’ success on Saturday by taking the top spot in the shot put. Already the school-record holder in the event from the Big Dawg Invitational, Adantor bettered his mark with a heave of 16.60m (54’5.5”), good for third in the league, sixth in the Mid-Atlantic, and 56th in the region.
Despite not winning an event at Morgan State, senior Dennison Long (Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt/FIU) continued his strong spring campaign by finishing in the top-five in the 100m and 200m dashes, and anchoring the 4x100 relay to an IC4A-qualifying time. Long leads both the conference and the Mid-Atlantic in the 100m dash (10.39) and ranks second in both for the 200m (21.14). This weekend he will lead the Retrievers in both the 4x100m relay and the sprint medley.
Senior Tare Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) took fifth over the weekend in the 110m hurdles, but still holds the second-fastest time in the America East this spring with his school-record time of 14.12 from the Mason Spring Invitational. He will look to push even further this weekend in Pennsylvania.
The distance group had a strong meet at Morgan as well with junior Jake Albino (Hampton, N.Y./Minisink Valley) winning the 1,500m run and freshman Hassan Omar (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) claiming the 5,000m run. Albino currently ranks 14th in the conference (3:55.99) for the 1,500m, while Omar holds sixth in the 5K.
The women’s team moved up to 20th in the region after last week’s meet with sophomore Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) still leading the away. Jackson has broken her own school record in both the 100m (11.57) and 200m (23.60) dash events this spring, and leads the conference and ranks third in the region in both. The sophomore is currently tied for 21st in the East region in the 100m dash and will look to improve on that in Philadelphia while also anchoring the 4x200m relay.
Sophomore Paulette Fogle (Washington, D.C./Bishop McNamara) will hit the track in the 400m hurdles in the City of Brotherly Love. Fogle, the UMBC school record holder in the event, has the third-fastest time (1:01.59) in the America East so far this spring. Last weekend she combined with junior Kirsten Jones (Brentwood, Tenn./M.L.K. Magnet), freshman D’Nique Phillip (Elkton, Md.), and sophomore Kalane’ Abbey (Laurel, Md./Laurel) to set a season-best time in the 4x400 and the four-some will try to lower their time from 3:47.82 Saturday evening.
In the throws, senior Amanda Deller (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen) continues her work to retain her America East shot put crown. Last week, Deller recorded a season-best toss of 13.76m (45’1.75”) while taking fourth at Morgan State.