#retriever50for50- Mercedes Jackson Reaches the NCAA Indoor Championships as a Sophomore

#retriever50for50- Mercedes Jackson Reaches the NCAA Indoor Championships as a Sophomore

Continuing the strong success of the track and field team, Mercedes Jackson will go down as one of the best track athletes in program history. Jackson made her presence known around the country as a sophomore on March 8, 2013, placing 13th at the NCAA Indoor Championship meet in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Jackson kicked off her sophomore season with a school record in the 60m dash at the Penn State Relays, which would serve as a statement of what was to come that year. She would break the school record in the event three times in the winter, earning a trip to the NCAA Championships in Arkansas, becoming the fourth Retriever to earn a spot in the meet. She finished the championships with a 13th place finish in the prelims with a time of 7.38.

Jackson would not stop there, as she blazed the track in the outdoor season, sweeping the 100m and 200m dashes at the America East Championships, setting a school record in the 200m, earning her second Most Outstanding Track Performer award of the year. Her dream season would not stop there, as she shattered the school mark placing 17th at the NCAA East Regionals to earn a spot the NCAA Championships in Oregon where she finished 23rd.

During her four year career, Jackson was a six time America East Most Outstanding Track Performer, while also earning Most Outstanding Rookie twice. She was a two time USTFCCCA All-American, while also being named UMBC Most Outstanding Female Athlete twice, while being named ECAC Most Outstanding Track Performer once.