BALTIMORE – UMBC freshman thrower Vincent Rentzsch (Oranienburg, Germany) of the track and field team was named the UMBC Athlete of the Month for May 2013, in a poll conducted from June 3-11. Rentzsch won the vote over women's track's Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown), men's lacrosse's Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, British Columbia/Terry Fox), and baseball's Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville).
Renztsch opened the month in fine fashion, winning both the javelin event and the decathlon at the America East Outdoor Track and Field Championships, earning the Most Outstanding Rookie award. After participating at the IC4A Championships at Princeton, the freshman advanced to the NCAA East Regionals for the javelin. Moving on to the finals of the meet in North Carolina, Rentzsch recorded his best ever throw of 70.88m (232'6") in his final attempt, to jump from 15th overall to fifth and earn a spot at the NCAA Championships in Oregon.
For the year, Rentzsch broke the UMBC school record in the javelin six times, with his distance from the East Regional currently setting the pace. Upon reaching the national meet, he became just the fifth Retriever track athlete to ever advance to the NCAA Championships and after placing 21st in Oregon, Rentzsch was named an Honorable Mention All-American by USTFCCCA.