Track and Field Completes First Day at America East Championships

Malte Bertram is second in the heptathlon after four events
Malte Bertram is second in the heptathlon after four events

BOSTON, MASS. – The UMBC track and Field teams completed the first day of the two-day America East Championships at Boston University on Friday.  The women are currently in sixth place (22 points) while the men are seventh (8 points).  Boston University leads both competitions the men gaining 57 points on day one and the women gaining 58 points.

Freshman Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) made a splash in her first championships, qualifying first and setting a BU Facility record in the 60m dash.  Her preliminary time (7.52), is just off her school record time (7.50) which she set back at the Bison Opener in December. Classmate Ebonique Jones (New Castle, Del./William Penn) placed fourth in qualifiers.

Jackson also was the top qualifier in the 200m event (24.00) with Jones and Briana Young just behind in seventh and ninth, respectively.

In the 400m dash, Kirsten Jones and Kalane' Abbey (Laurel, Md./Laurel) are ranked third and fourth, and Briana Young (Bowie, Md./Elizabeth Seton) is ninth.

Imani Colbert (Upper Marlboro, Md./C.H. Flowers) is now the favorite in the 60m hurdles after qualifying first with a time of 8.64.

In the throws, junior Amanda Deller (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen) is first in the weight throw after a personal-best toss of 16.83m (55' 2.75").

For the men, Malte Bertram (Einbeck, Germany/Goethschule Gymnasium) sits second in the heptathlon after four events.  Eric Ezenwanne (Columbia, Md.) ranks fourth after winning the high jump with a leap of 1.93m.

Junior Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone), last year's 60m hurdle champion, qualified second in the event with a time of 8.29.

In the 500m run, Josh Hewitson (New Market, Md./Linganore) sits in second after running a 1:03.72.

The meet continues tomorrow at Boston University with the finals of the sprint events, in addition to the distance runs and the completion of the pentathlon and heptathlon.