CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UMBC freshman Vincent Rentzsch (Oranienburg, Germany) has won his first America East weekly Track and Field honor, the conference office announced on Tuesday afternoon. Rentzsch was named the conference's Most Outstanding Male Field Athlete while Binghamton's Jesse Garn won the Male Track Athlete of the Week.
The versatile freshman garners the award after winning the javelin competition at the Morgan State Legacy Meet last weekend. Rentzsch recorded a new school-record throw of 65.40m (214'7") on Friday, a distance which leads the America East by nearly 20 feet and ranks 25th in the NCAA East Region. In addition, the first-year recorded a season-best toss of 13.35m (43'9.75") in the shot put over the weekend.
For the season, Rentzsch has broken the UMBC school record in the javelin four times. He first accomplished the feat in his first-ever outdoor meet for the Retrievers, registering a heave of 58.83m (193'0") at the Florida State Relays on Mar. 22.
This is the second-consecutive week that UMBC has earned a conference award as senior Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) and sophomore Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) were both named the league's Most Outstanding Track Athlete last week.
Rentzsch and the Retrievers make their final preparations for the 2013 America East Outdoor Championships later this week at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia. The three-day meet kicks off on Thursday, Apr. 25 at Franklin Field on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.