Track and Field Hosts 2011 America East Outdoor Championships This Weekend

Senior Keith Onto
Senior Keith Onto

Championship Central

BALTIMORE—The UMBC men's and women's track and field teams host the 2011 America East Outdoor Championships at UMBC Stadium this Saturday and Sunday, the first time since the 2007 conference meet. Tickets for each day of action are $7 for adults, $3 for youth (ages 15 and under) and $2 for students. The first 50 students each day will receive free admission.


Seniors Keith Onto (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant Boro/St. Francis (PA)) and Dominic Devaud (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) come into the weekend with the top two scores in the decathlon this season, while sophomoreChowan Brightful (New Market, Md./Linganore) will look to break into the top three in the women's heptathlon.


Sophomore Amanda Deller (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen) is the top qualifier in the women's shot put and will also look to score in the discus and hammer throws, while junior Aaron Brooks (Upper Marlboro, Md./DeMatha) is seeded second in the men's discus and third in the shot put.


Freshman Mo Drammeh (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) has the top mark in the men's high jump, while sophomore transfer Shioma Obemeata (New Rochelle, N.Y./Iona Preparatory/St. Francis College) is currently ranked third in the men's triple jump.


Another key event for the men will be the 110-meter high hurdles, in which sophomore Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) and senior Keith Brown (Columbia, Md./McDonough) come in with the second and third-fastest times this season. Brown was named the meet's Most Outstanding Rookie in 2007, when the meet was last held at UMBC Stadium.


School records could be in jeopardy on the women's side as senior Sara Parkinson (Chorley, England/Loughborough University) will look to break her own records in the 1,500- and 5,000-meter runs, while freshman Kirsten Jones (Brentwood, Tenn./M.L.K. Magnet) looks to cap an impressive debut campaign in the 200- and 400-meter dashes, events she has narrowly missed the school mark this season.


The action starts Saturday with 10,000-meter runs at 9 a.m., while Sunday begins with the conclusion of the decathlon and heptathlon at 9 a.m.