BOSTON-- Junior Adrian Arthur (Bowie, Md./Bowie) qualified first in the 55-meter dash and second in the 200-meter dash, while on the women's side freshman Imani Colbert (Upper Marlboro, Md./C.H. Flowers) broke the school record in the 55-meter hurdles as the UMBC indoor track and field teams competed in the first day of the America East Championships Friday in Boston.
After one day of competition, the men are ffourth with 14.5 points, while the women are sixth with 13. The New Hampshire women lead with 36, while the men lead with 67 points.
Arthur also qualified for the IC4A Championships in March in both events as he turned in a time of 6.44 in the 55-meter and a 21.72 in 200-meter. Fellow juniors Antonio Thomas (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) and Jason Powell(Bowie, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) also qualified for the IC4A Championships in the 200-meter dash and will be part of the final tomorrow. In addition, Thomas is seeded third in the 55-meter dash.
In the 55-meter hurdles, UMBC went 2-3-4 in the prelims with juniors Keith Brown (Columbia, Md./McDonough), Dominic Devaud (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) and Camal Pugh (Clinton, Md./Oxon Hill) all qualifying for the final.
Junior Brandon Ellerby (Chesterfield, Va./Lloyd C. Bird/Morgan State) qualified for the 400-meter dash final, while freshman Joshua Hewitson (New Market, Md./Linganore) qualified for the 500-meter dash.
Junior Andrew Madison (Edgewater, Md./South River) ran a great 5,000-meter run, finishing fifth in 15:06.74. The distance medley relay team of seniors Anthony Kelhower (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape), Josh Okoniewski (Lusby, Md./Patuxent), James Mildenberger (Severna Park, Md./Chesapeake) and sophomore Chris Snyder (McConnellsburg, Pa./McConnellsburg) and finished fifth in an IC4A qualifying-time of 10:03.56.
After four events in the heptathlon, the Retrievers look to be in good shape, as UMBC holds the first, second and third positions. Senior Jude Rene (Hamilton, N.J./Hamilton North/Monmouth) leads with 2,781 pts, while freshman Matt Waters (Washingtonville, N.Y./Washingtonville) is second, 54 points behind and junior Michael Buccheri (Hazlet, N.J./Raritan/Monmouth) is third with 2,669 points.
The final day of compeition starts Saturday at 10 a.m.