Track and Field Heads to Boston for the America East Championships

Aaron Brooks holds the school record in the shot put
Aaron Brooks holds the school record in the shot put

BALTIMORE, Md. – This weekend the UMBC Indoor Track and Field teams head to Boston to compete in the America East Indoor Track and Field Championships.   The two-day meet begins on Fri., Feb. 17 and will be held at Boston University.


Last year, the women finished in sixth place, while the men finished in forth. With outstanding and recorded breaking performances thus far, both teams look to improve their overall positions.


Standout freshmen Mercedes Jackson (Huntington, Md./Huntington) currently leads the conference and holds the UMBC record in the 60m dash at 7.50.  In addition, she holds the second best time in the 200m dash at 24.56. Also highly ranked in an event is sophomore Kristen Jones (Brentwood, Tenn./ MLK Magnet). Her time of 56.44 in the 400m dash has her projected to place second this weekend.


In addition, freshmen Mary Katherine Kulp (Vestal, NY/Vestal) and sophomore Cody Mezebish (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) will lead the Retrievers  in the 800m and 1000m distance events, respectively.


The field events for the women Retrievers will be led by top throwers Amanda Deller (Aberdeen, Md./ Aberdeen) and Chrissy Robinson (Lusby, Md./ Patuxent).  Deller currently ranks second in the shot put and third in the weight throw in the UMBC record book, while Robinson places fourth and fifth.  Deller set a new personal-best in the shot put (14.96m, 49' 1.75") while earning gold at last week's Lafayette/Rider Winter Games.


In the jumps Chowan Brightful (New Market, Md./Linganore)holds the school record, already clearing a height of 1.70m (5'7") this season.


On the men's side, junior Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) hopes to retain his title in the 60m hurdles. Seated as top contender in the event, his personal best of 8.02 lands him second on the Retrievers' all-time list.


Ranked third in the 500m, Josh Hewitson (New Market, Md./Linganore) looks to surpass last years second place finish and earn top honors.


Throwers Cameron McDearmon (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin) and Aaron Brooks (Upper Marlboro, Md./DeMatha ) hope to garner top honors after capturing much of the spotlight so far this season. McDearmon's record-breaking performance in the weight throw last weekend (18.83m, 61'9.5") has brought him to the top of the Conference.  Meanwhile, Brooks' shot put of 16.31m (53'6.25") has him ranked second for this weekend's contest.


The action begins Friday with the heptathlon and pentathlon events, while the rest of the action starts at 3pm. Saturday's action begins at 10am.