Baltimore, Md.—UMBC track and field heads to the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex for the 2016 America East Indoor Track and Field Championships this Friday and Saturday. Last year the men took home fifth place, while the women earned second place.
What: 2016 America East Indoor Track and Field Championships
Where: Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex – Staten Island, N.Y.
When: Friday, Feb. 19 through Saturday, Feb. 20
Social Media: @umbcxctf, @AmericaEast, #AETF, #AEChamps, #GritAndGlory
Last Time Out (Fastrack National Invite):
For the women, Mercedes Tillman kicked things off with a tie for ninth in the 60m dash, finishing in 7.76 seconds. Yinka Alabi took gold in the 200m dash, crossing the tape in 25.53. Freshman Erin Patrice earned a fifth place finish in the event with a time of 25.79.
Sophia Cologer led the distance runners, placing tenth in the 3,000m run with a time of 10:18.01.
In the field, Jean Udo continued her strong indoor run, placing seventh in the triple jump, with a leap of 11.64m. The Edokobi sisters, Nneoma and Ozi took sixth and seventh in the shot put with throws of 13.86m for Ozi and 12.99m for Nnemoa. Both Nneoma and Ozi earned ECAC qualifying marks in the weighted throw with tosses of 17.26m and 16.43m respectively.
For the men, James Oakley took home seventh in the 200m dash, clocking in at 22.43. Darrius Oxley earned a sixth place finish in the 400m dahs with a time of 49.95. Nick Johnson then turned in a time of 1:54.11 in the 800m run, taking sixth in the event.
In distance events, Jon Luckin earned a ninth place finish in the 3,000m run. Luckin crossed the tape in a time of 8:33.01. Sophomore Urgy Eado earned the best finish by a Retriever with his fourth place finish in the mile, clocking in at 4:16.38.
Last Year at the Championships:
The Retriever women came close to the top, but fell just short, as Albany took both the men's and women's championships at The Armory. The UMBC men finished in fifth place at the meet.
The women were led by Mercedes Jackson who took gold in the 60m dash and 200m dash. Jackson won her fourth straight 60m dash title with a time of 7.39. She followed that up with a new school, and AE record in the 200m dash with a time of 23.81.
The men were led by Hassan Omar who won his second event of the competition. Omar won the 5k yesterday, and took the 3k this afternoon. Hassan took the event in a time of 8:26. Daryian Miles took gold in the 60m dash, finishing in a time of 6.932, just 0.006 ahead of Robert Harris III of Albany.
Mercedes Jackson won both the Most Outstanding Track Performer and Co-Coaches Award this weekend. The Coaches Award is awarded to the student-athlete with the most points in the meet. Jackson shared the award with Keishorea Armstrong of Binghamton, scoring 22 points.
Coach David Bobb and his staff earned Women's Co-Coaching Staff of the Year, sharing the award with Albany.
UMBC will head to the ECAC/IC4A Championships on Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6 in Boston, Mass.