Personal-Bests Pace UMBC Track and Field on First Day of America East Indoor Championships

Personal-Bests Pace UMBC Track and Field on First Day of America East Indoor Championships

NEW YORK – Multiple Retriever athlete broke career-best marks, including pole vaulters Liam Stott (Carrboro, N.C./Chapel Hill) and Caitlyn Davis (Clarksville, Md./River Hill),while junior Alisha Beeman (Brideport, Conn./Bunnell/Hartford) broke the school record in the pentathlon, as the UMBC track and field teams opened competition at the 2014 America East Indoor Championships, Sunday at the Armory.

After day one, the Retriever men sit in fourth place with 19 points.  Albany leads the nine-team standings with 55 points with Binghamton just behind in second (48 pts.).  Maine (29 pts.) and New Hampshire (18 pts.) bracket UMBC in third and fifth.

The UMBC women, meanwhile, scored 15 points on the opening day and rank sixth in the standings.  Vermont and Albany are tied atop of the nine-team standings with 45 points apiece.  Binghamton trails in third with 38 points, while New Hampshire sits fourth (33 pts.) and Maine is fifth (31 pts.)

Competing at his final indoor championships, Stott pushed past his previous best of 4.45m (14'7") three times and finished in sixth place.  He cleared 4.65m (15'3") to jump up to a tie for sixth all-time in school history.

In the women's event, Davis topped her previous career-best of 3.15m (10'4") by clearing 3.30m (10'10") to place fourth overall in the competition.

Junior Alisha Beeman (Bridgeport, Conn./Bunnell/Hartford) finished sixth in the pentathlon with school-record 3,324 points.  Beeman tied for second in the high jump competition (1.67m; 5'5.75"), while also earning top-ten finishes in the long jump (5.19m; 17'0.5"), shot put (10.00m; 32'9.75"), and 60m hurdles (9.56).  Beeman had previously grabbed the school record earlier this year by scoring 3,277 pts. at the Penn State Nationals on Jan. 31-Feb. 1.

The men's distance relay team of senior Andrew Smith (Chadds Ford, Pa./Garnet Valley), junior Charles Bolinger (Bowie, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt), sophomore Nick Johnson (Olney, Md./Sherwood), and senior Jake Albino (Hampton, N.Y./Minisink Valley) grabbed a bronze medal for the Retriever men with an IC4A qualifying time of 9:57.88.

Junior sprinter Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) led the qualifying pack in both the 60m and 200m dash events.  Jackson equaled her season-best time of 7.41 to lead the 60m prelims and then posted a top season time of 24.08 in the 200m qualifying round.

Freshman Mercedes Tillman (Waldorf, Md./North Point) will join Jackson in the 60m final after qualifying with a personal-best time of 7.80, the seventh-fastest mark in school history.  Tillman also advanced to the finals of the 400m dash with a top personal mark of 57.23.  Junior Briana Young (Bowie, Md./Elizabeth Seton) won her qualifying heat with a personal-best and ECAC-qualifying time of 56.87 to advance and move up to fifth in the school record book while classmate Kalane' Abbey (Laurel, Md./Laurel) also won her heat to advance.

For the men, freshman Tyler Ford (White Plains, N.Y./White Plains) recorded the sixth-fastest time of the prelims (7.01) to advance to tomorrow's finals for the 60m dash.  Ford also qualified for the 200m dash (22.22) finals on Monday, with an IC4A qualifying time, and will be joined by senior Sean Cooper (Waldorf, Md./North Point/Delaware State) who ran a season-best 22.42 in the prelims.

In the 500m run, three Retrievers moved on to the finals, led by junior Paulette Fogle (Washington, D.C./Bishop McNamara).  Senior Deborah Adelola (Lanham, Md./Bladensburg) and sophomore Marie Yuille (Bowie, Md.) also advanced with Yuille recording the third-fastest time (1:14.52) in Retriever program history.  All of the athletes met the ECAC standard of 1:16.04.

Fogle also moved on in the 60m hurdle event, posting a career-best time of 9.04 to grab sixth in the school record book.

After the first day of competition, sophomore Vincent Rentzsch (Oranienburg, Germany/Elite Sportschule Potsdam) is tied for the lead in the heptathlon with a score of 2,695 pts.  Rentzsch won the shot put event with a personal-best indoor toss of 14.29m (46'10.75") while placing fourth in the long jump, seventh in the 60m dash, and tied for seventh in the high jump.

Senior Dosu Teyibo (Silver Spring, Md./Barrie) and sophomore Justin Glaze (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) finished fifth and seventh, respectively, in the long jump after each recording career-best leaps.  Teyibo upped his best to 6.90m (22'7.75") to tie the fifth-best mark in school history while Glaze recorded a jump of 6.79m (22'3.5").

Senior Kirsten McGovern (Sykesville, Md./Century) registered a career-best time of 17:44.21 in the 5k to place ninth and move up to sixth all-time at UMBC.

The second day of the 2014 America East Championships begins on Monday morning at 10:30 a.m. with the pentathlon's 60m hurdle event.