Baltimore, Md.—UMBC track and field returns to action on Saturday, April 9 at the George Mason Spring Invitational. The Retrievers will be competing in their third straight meet this weekend, after racing in the Colonial Relays last weekend at William & Mary.
Mason Spring Invitational Info:
What: 2016 George Mason Spring Invitationals
Where: George Mason Stadium – Fairfax, Va.
When: Saturday, April 9 – 10:00 A.M.
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Last Time Out (Colonial Relays):
Ozi Edokobi (Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery) earned silver in the hammer throw on day of the Colonial Relays. Edokobi finished second with a toss of 45.30m (148'7"), just ahead of senior Jennifer Nelson (Plainfield, Conn./Plainfield) who took third with a throw of 43.45m (142'7").
Her sister Nneoma Edokobi (Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery) took home fifth place in the hammer throw championship, finishing with a toss of 48.23m (158'3").
The Retriever men were led by Vincent Rentzsch, who won the javelin, while Sophia Cologer won the 3,000m steeplechase on Friday. Rentzsch won the event with a toss of 67.71m (222'2") after winning the event at the Raleigh Relays last weekend. Other top field performers include Musangu Bukasa, who earned ninth in the high jump with a jump of 1.79m. Ishaq Rana took home 11th in the shot put with a toss of 15.53m.
On the track, James Oakley III took ninth in the 200m dash, finishing in a time of 21.67. Freshman Jamal Cody finished 21st in the 110m hurdles, crossing the tape in a time of 15.18. He then followed that up with a 16th place finish in the 400m hurdles with a time of 54.88, just behind teammate Darrius Oxley who was 13th in a time of 54.43.
On the women's side, a pair of Retrievers earned top ten finishes, with Sophia Cologer taking home gold in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 10:38.59, a full two seconds ahead of second place. Essence Fredericks took second in the 400m hurdles, crossing the finish line in a time of 1:01.97, just behind the winners from St. Joe's in 1:01.32.
Jean Udo won the triple jump competition on Saturday, leading the Dawgs on the final day.Udo earned gold in the event with a jump of 11.09m, ahead of Gabriella Benniger of Duquesne who had a jump of 10.97m. Also in the field, Ozi Edokobi took second in the shot put championship, finishing with her best toss of 13.82m. Jennifer Nelson finished second in the university portion of the competition with a throw of 12.33m.
A pair of Retriever women finished two-three in the 5,000m run. Chelsea Vane took silver with a time of 18:07.84, while Angel Bucci finished third with a time of 18:08.83. The women's 4x400m relay quartet of Essence Fredericks, Nailah Johnson, Funmi Daramola and Mercedes Tillman took fourth with a time of 3:49.35, hitting an ECAC qualifying mark.
On the men's side, the 4x100m relay team of Afees Abolurin, James Oakley III, Daryian Miles, and John Oputa finished eighth with a time of 43.07. The sprint medley squad of Niko Coaxum, Darrius Oxley, Oputa, and Erick Soetje earned sixth in a time of 3:31.06.
Not to be outdone, the best finish on the men's side came from the 4x400m relay team of Coaxum, Jamal Cody, Oxley, and Soetje earned a third place finish with a time of 3:16.38, good for an IC4A cut.
The Retrievers will have some time off before heading to the Morgan State Legacy Meet and Larry Ellis Invitational on Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23.