BALTIMORE—The UMBC men's and women's track and field teams travel to Boston, Mass. this weekend to compete in the 2011 America East Championships at the Boston University Track and Tennis Cennter. At last year's conference meet, the men placed third, while the women finished fifth.
The men are led by senior Keith Onto (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant Boro/St. Francis (PA)), who is the school record holder in the heptathlon and has the best score in the conference so far this season with 5,194 points. Another school recorder, junior Joshua Hewitson (New Market, Md./Linganore) is seeded second in the conference in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:03.78.
Sophomore Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) and senior Keith Brown (Columbia, Md./McDonough) are vying for medals in the 55-meter hurdles, seeded second and third this year, respectively, while junior Aaron Brooks (Upper Marlboro, Md./Dematha) is seeded third in the shot put with a throw of 15.39m. Sophomore transfer Shioma Obemeata (New Rochelle, N.Y./Iona Preparatory/St. Francis College) will look for a medal in his first America East meet in the triple jump, an event he is ranked second this season with a leap of 14.25m.
On the women's side, sophomore Amanda Deller (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen) will be looking to defend her shot put crown and look to medal once again in the weight throw. Senior Sara Parkinson (Chorley, England/Loughborough University) will also be looking to defend her 5,000-meter run title after breaking the school record at last year's conference meet in a time of 16:47.69.
Sophomore Chowan Brightful (New Market, Md./Linganore) broke the school record in the pentathlon earlier in the year at the Penn State National Invitational with a score of 3,227 points and is ranked second in the conference. Freshman Kirsten Jones (Brentwood, Tenn./M.L.K. Magnet) will be looking to medal in her first America East meet in the 400-meter dash, while junior Imani Colbert (Upper Marlboro, Md./C.H. Flowers) will be looking to earn a medal in the 55-meter hurdles after earning bronze a year ago.
The action begins both Friday with the heptathlon and pentathlon events, while the rest of the action starts at 3 p.m. Saturday's action begins at 10 a.m.