NEW YORK, N.Y. – Coming off of record breaking performances at the Penn State Relays, the UMBC track and field team continued their 2011-12 indoor season with another strong showing, this time at the Gotham Cup at the Armory Track and Field Center in New York City on Friday.
Senior Aaron Brooks (Upper Marlboro, Md./DeMatha) continued the Retrievers' trend of breaking school records, as he bettered his own UMBC record in the shot put, with a throw of 15.71m (51'6.5"). Brooks, whose throw beat his old mark of 15.43m (50'-7.5") by almost a foot, placed third in the event. He also finished 10th in the weight throw with a toss of 14.63m (48'0").
Junior Cameron McDearmon (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin) contributed to a good day in the field events, claiming the weight throw with a winning mark of 17.28m (56'8.5").
Reigning America East Male Track Performer of the Week, Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone), had another solid day placing 5th in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.16.
For the women, Mercedes Jackson (Huntington, Md./Huntington), who has already been named America East Female Track Performer of the Week twice this season, picked up her third win in three collegiate meets in the 60m dash. Though not breaking her own record, Jackson's time of 7.55 just edged Long Island's Jesse Gaines by .02 to earn the win.
Several other Retrievers, however, left their mark on the record book during the New York City competition. Senior Keri Wilson (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) bettered her time in the 3000m (10:33.26) and continues to hold on to ninth in the school record book.
In a battle of underclassmen, sophomore Cody Mezebish (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) now ranks 10th in UMBC history in the 800m (2:21.22) after finishing 6th at the Gotham Cup, which is just ahead of freshman Mary Katherine Kulp's mark set at last week's Penn State Relays. Kulp (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) set her own mark in New York though, running a personal best time of 3:06.80 to place 7th in the school record book for the 1000m run.
In addition, sophomore Deborah Adelola placed herself 7th on the UMBC all-time list as well after running a 58.86 in the 400m.
The Retrievers continue their busy January schedule next weekend at the Terrapin Invitational held in Landover, Md.