Baltimore, Md.—UMBC track and field travels to the City of Brotherly Love for the historic 122nd running of the Penn Relays this weekend. The Retrievers will join hundreds of other athletes from around the world at the relays. This will serve as the final tune-up before the America East Championships next weekend.
Penn Relays Info:
What: 122nd Penn Relays
When: Thursday-Saturday, April 28-30
Where: Franklin Field – Philadelphia, Pa.
How to Watch: Live video on FloTrack.com ($$)
Social Media: @umbcxctf, @AmericaEast, @pennrelays, #GritAndGlory
Last Time Out (Larry Ellis Invitational/Morgan State Legacy Meet):
Vincent Rentzsch placed second with a toss of 65.94m (216'4"), just behind Matthew Tholis who won the event with a throw of 67.36m. Also competeing in field events was Nneoma Edokobi, who threw a personal best in the hammer throw. Edokobi went 48.82m (160'2") to take 14th place. Abigale Slonski competed in the javelin, taking 15th place with a toss of 38.71m (127').
On the men's side of the track, Rhys Burgett hit an IC4A qualifying time in the 3,000m steeplechase, taking 25th with a time of 9:18.38. Hassan Omar also earned a top 20 finish, taking 11th in the 5,000m run with a time of 14:34.32.
The trio of Sophia Cologer, Chelsea Vane, and Katie Govatos who all turned in top time in the 3,000m steeplechase led the women on the track. Cologer led the triumvirate with a time of 10:48.07, good for 16th place. Vane turned in the second best time in school history at 11:25.26 in 30th place, while Govatos was right behind her in a time of 11:25.50, third best in program history.
At Princeton, Angel Bucci and Mercedes Tillman led the way on the track. Bucci turned in another top ten program performance going 10:16 in the 3,000m run. Tillman took 12th in the 200m dash, finishing in a time of 24.93 for seventh all-time. She then ran a 55.99 in the 400m dash, good for 13th place.
In the field, Jean Udo moved up to third all-time in the triple jump with her third place finish with a jump of 11.60m (38'2"). Ozi Edokobi had a personal best in the discus, finishing sixth with a toss of 42.69m (140'1").
On the men's side, a pair of Retrievers ran personal bests. Darrius Oxley finished the 400m hurdles in a time of 53.99 in 14th place. Freshman Jamal Cody finished the 110m hurdle prelims in a time of 14.79 in 12th place.
Erick Soetje ran a sub 49 second 400m dash, going 48.82 in 17th place. Hassan Omar continued his strong weekend, earning a spot in the top ten in program history in the 1,500m run. Omar finished the race in third place with a time of 3:55.44.
Only a handful of Retrievers competed at the Morgan State Legacy Meet. Samuel Enomanna took 20th in the 400m hurdles with a time of 56.94. Caitlyn Davis and Emma Gerhold competed in the pole vault, taking fourth and sixth place respectively. Davis finished clearing her best height of 3.10m (10'2"), while Gerhold cleared the same height.
The Retrievers will look to topple reigning champion Albany at the America East Outdoor Track and Field Championships next Saturday and Sunday. The meet will take place at Frank H. Livak Track and Field Facility at the University of Vermont.