NEW ORLEANS – After picking up two individual titles at the 2014 IC4A Championships at Princeton, the UMBC men's track and field team is ranked No. 11 in the final United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Mid-Atlantic Poll, the organization announced on Tuesday afternoon.
The Retrievers were ranked in the top-15 in the region each week of the 2014 season, holding a top-ten spot in five of the seven weeks.
This season, the UMBC men broke four school records and finished second at the America East Outdoor Championships for the second straight year. At the conference meet, senior Dennison Long (Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt/FIU) swept the 100m and 200m dash events and was once again named the Most Outstanding Male Track Performer.
In addition, senior Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) broke the conference record in the prelims and finals of the 110m hurdles, en route to winning his third career gold medal in the event. Classmate Andrew Smith (Chadds Ford, Pa./Garnet Valley) captured the 800m run title at the meet, and anchored the 4x800 relay to a top prize in a new school record time.
At the IC4A Championships this past weekend, Long earned the top spot in the 100m dash while Smith won gold in the 800m event, after pushing past his own top school mark in the prelims.
Long, Proctor, and Smith all currently sit inside the top-48 in the NCAA East region for their specialty events and are likely to make the trip to the 2014 NCAA East Preliminaries to be held May 29-31 in Jacksonville, Fla.