Bertram and Jackson Each Named Most Outstanding Rookie; Women Finish Fourth, Men Sixth at America East Championships

Shioma Obemeata placed second in the triple jump
Shioma Obemeata placed second in the triple jump

ORONO, Maine – Track and field freshmen Malte Bertram (Einbeck, Germany/Goethschule Gymnasium) and Mercedes Jackson (Huntington, Md./Huntington) were each named Most Outstanding Rookie for their respectively competitions as the UMBC track and field teams competed at the America East Championships at the University of Maine this weekend. Jackson was also named the Most Outstanding Rookie at the Indoor Championships back in February. 

The women's squad finished fourth with 105 points while the men finished in sixth place with 78.5 points. 

The Albany men (181) and women (185) were both victorious at Maine while the Binghamton men (147) and Boston University women (130) claimed second.  In the men's competition, Boston U. (145.5), Maine (97.5) and New Hamphire (97.5) rounded out the top-five followed by UMBC (78.5), Vermont (56), Stony Brook (43) and Hartford (23).  For the women, Binghamton (124.5), UMBC (105) and Vermont (90) placed three through five with New Hampshire (88.5), Maine (56), Stony Brook (48) and Hartford (30) finishing out the scoring.

Jackson once again was a key for the Retriever women, winning the 200m dash in a school record time of 23.80, breaking her own previous mark of 24.05 set earlier this year.  The rookie also won a silver medal in the 100m dash (11.84) and anchored the 4x100 relay to a win.  Jackson along with classmates Ebonique Jones (New Castle, Del./William Penn), Briana Young (Bowie, Md./Elizabeth Seton) and Whitney Ikpeze (Upper Marlboro, Md./Bladensburg) were just off school record pace, completing the race in 46.96 at the championships.

Freshman Paulette Fogle (Washington, D.C./Bishop McNamara) also had a record breaking day, claiming fourth in the 400m hurdles in a UMBC record time of 1:01.87.

In the shorter distance hurdles, senior Imani Colbert (Upper Marlboro, Md./C.H. Flowers) won the bronze (14.13) while junior Chowan Brightful (New Market, Md./Linganore) finished just behind her teammate with a time of 14.17.

Junior Amanda Deller (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen) continued her dominance in the shot put at conference meets, winning the event for the sixth time in her college career.  Her throw of 14.81m (48'7.25") bested the field including teammate Chrissy Robinson (Patuxent, Md./Lusby) who took third with a toss of 13.18m (43'3").  Deller also won a silver in the discus with a throw of 41.86m (137'4").

Bertram led the way for the men, taking top honors in the decathlon with 6,543 points, good enough to rank fourth all-time in school history.  The German won the 400m and 1500m runs as well as the shot put in the decathlon competition while also placing second in the long jump.

Sophomore Brandan McGee (Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood) joined Bertram on top of the medal stand, winning the 3000m steeplechase.  His personal-best time of 9:01.73 also broke the UMBC school record of 9:02.64 set back in 1990 by Paul Loebach.

In the triple jump, junior Shioma Obemeata (New Rochelle, N.Y./Iona Prep/St. Francis) also picked up valuable points for the Retrievers, winning a silver medal with a leap of 14.50m (47'7").

Senior Aaron Brooks (Upper Marlboro, Md./DeMatha) matched Obemeata's silver with one of his own in the discus (51.50m 168'11") with teammate Nnamdi Edokobi (Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery) placing eighth (44.28m, 145'3").

In the 1500m run, sophomore Jake Albino (Hampton, N.Y./Minisink Valley) finished fourth while jumping to third all-time in the school record book finishing in 3:51.33.

Select athletes will now prepare for the IC4A and ECAC Championships to be held at Princeton next weekend