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More Records Fall for UMBC on Second Day of ECAC/IC4A Championships
Junior Kirsten Jones
PRINCETON, N.J. – Sophomore Thor Serafenas (Olney, Md./Good Counsel/Clemson) broke his own school record in the hammer throw and the women’s 4x400 relay team of sophomore Paulette Fogle (Washington, D.C./Bishop McNamara), junior Deborah Adelola (Lanham, Md./Bladensburg), sophomore Kalane’ Abbey (Laurel, Md./Laurel) and junior Kirsten Jones (Brentwood, Tenn./M.L.K. Magnet) snapped their mark as the Retriever track and field teams competed on day two of the ECAC and IC4A Championships, Saturday at Weaver Stadium. Jones also set a new school-best while competing in the 400m dash event.
Having already claimed the school record in the hammer at the Big Dawg Invitational, Serafenas bettered his mark on Saturday with a toss of 57.26m (187’10”). The sophomore took seventh in the competition while also finishing 22nd in the discus.
The 4x400 relay team, meanwhile, broke their record for the second-straight week after setting their mark (3:45.97) last week at the America East Championships. Running in a different order – last week was Abbey, Adelola, Jones, and Fogle – the team clipped the school mark to 3:44.73 in a ninth-place finish.
Jones’ anchor leg completed a record-setting day for her after the junior ran a personal-best time of 55.63 in the 400m dash. Her time breaks a 26-year old record time of 56.00 which was set by Angela Adams in 1987.
Though not breaking her school record, sophomore Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) advanced to the finals of the 100m dash after placing in the top-two in the preliminary round and semi-finals. Jackson, who holds the school-record time of 11.57, ran a 11.78 in the prelims for the second-fastest time, and then topped the field with a 11.70 mark in the semis.
On the men’s side, the 4x100m relay team of junior Pat Balderson, Jenove Blanfort, and seniors Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) and Dennison Long (Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt/FIU) started the day off by qualifying for the finals by finishing seventh with a time of 41.61.
Junior Jake Albino (Hampton, N.Y./Minisink Valley) also moved on to Sunday’s finals with his tenth-place finish in the 1,500m run. Albino, who broke the school record last week at the conference meet, crossed the line in 3:49.78, just two seconds behind race winner Kevin Greene of New Hampshire (3:47.40).
The meet continues on Sunday morning with the men’s shot put starting the competition at 9:00 a.m. The track events are scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. with the women’s 4x100 relay.