Track and Field Breaks School Records in Meets at Morgan State and Princeton

Brandan McGee qualifed for the IC4A meet in the 3000m steeplechase
Brandan McGee qualifed for the IC4A meet in the 3000m steeplechase

BALTIMORE – School records continued to fall as the UMBC track and field team took to the track at Morgan State and Princeton this weekend. Freshman Mercedes Jackson (Huntington, Md./Huntington) and junior Chowan Brightful (New Market, Md./Linganore) each broke her own record, in the 100m dash and high jump respectively, while Jackson combined with classmates Ebonique Jones (New Castle, Del./William Penn), Briana Young (Bowie, Md./Elizabeth Seton) and Whitney Ikpeze (Upper Marlboro, Md./Bladensburg) to set a new standard in the 4x100m relay.

Jackson has come accustomed to breaking records in her first collegiate season, already owning four school records, two indoor and two outdoor, heading into the day.  At Morgan State, the freshman set a new mark in the qualifiers for the 100m dash with a 11.78 before smashing that mark by running an 11.66 in the meet finals to pick up a silver medal.  In the 4x100 Jackson along with her teammates broke the mark set previously this year by running a 46.47.

In addition, the team of freshmen Paulette Fogle (Washington, D.C./Bishop McNamara), Kalane' Abbey (Laurel, Md./Laurel) and sophomores Deborah Adelola (Lanham, Md./Bladensburg) Kirsten Jones (Brentwood, Tenn./M.L.K Magnet) set a new season-best in the 4x400 with a time of 3:47.22.

Senior Roy Jones (New Market, Md./Linganore) won the 3000m steeplechase  completing the course with in a time of 9:35.00.

In the field events, Brightful led a group of athletes who broke personal-bests at the meet in Baltimore.  Her leap of 1.7m (5'7") in the high jump surpasses her previous height of 1.66m (5'5.25") set during her freshman year in 2010.

Ebonique Jones also set a new personal-best in the long jump, climbing to third on the all-time list with a leap of 5.61m (18' 5").

For the men, senior Aaron Brooks (Upper Marlboro, Md./DeMatha) took top honors in the discus, jumping to second all-time in the school record book with a distance of 50.54m (165'10").  Teammate Nnamdi Edokobi(Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery) took fourth in the event with a toss of 43.76m (143'7") to move on to the UMBC list at eighth place.

In the hammer throw, junior Cameron McDearmon (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin) and sophomore Chris Nash(Parkton, Md./Hereford) took second and fourth, respectively.  Nash's throw of 49.14m (161'3") pushes him to seventh on UMBC's all-time list.

At the meet in New Jersey, sophomore Cody Mezebish (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) lowered her personal-best in the 800m with a time of 2:14.26 and remains fourth all time.

In the 3000m steeplechase, sophomore Brandan McGee (Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood) set a personal record, stays in third all-time and qualifies for the IC4A meet by completing the track in 9:12.43.

The UMBC track and field team now prepares to head to Philadelphia for the historic Penn Relays meet which starts on Thursday and continues through Saturday.  The meet will be held at Franklin Field on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.