NEW ORLEANS – UMBC sophomore sprinter Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) and freshman thrower Vincent Rentzsch (Oranienburg, Germany) were each named an Honorable Mention All-American by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross County Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the organization announced on Monday evening.
Both athletes competed at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships last week which were held at the University of Oregon. Jackson placed 23rd in the 100m dash while Rentzsch took 21st in the javelin competition.
This is Jackson's second All-American recognition after being named to the USTFCCCA Second Team for the 60m dash back during the indoor season. After her record-breaking indoor campaign, she continued her success outside where she broke her school records in the 100m and 200m dash events and became just the second Retriever track athlete to reach the national meet both indoors and outdoors. In addition, Jackson swept the two races at the America East Championships, also garnering the Most Outstanding Female Track Athlete award, and then winning the 100m sprint at the ECAC Championships.
In just his first year in Baltimore, Rentzsch broke a school record, won two competitions at the conference championships, and became the fifth Retriever to ever advance to the NCAA Championships. The rookie got his outdoor season off to a blistering start by snapping the 14-year old school javelin record at the first meet of the season, the Florida State Relays. He went on to break the record three more times during the invitational season and then went on to win the event, as well as the decathlon, at the America East meet.
He was not finished, however, recording his best-ever toss in his final throw of the NCAA East Regionals at North Carolina A&T. Posting a heave of 70.88m (232'6"), Renztsch jumped from 15th overall to fifth and earned a spot at the national meet in Oregon.