Baltimore, Md.—UMBC track and field heads north to Boston for the 2017 America East Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend. The Retrievers are coming off a big weekend at the Penn State Tune-Up Meet, as they look to win their first America East title. Both days of the championships will be steamed live on AmericaEast.TV.
What: 2017 America East Indoor Track and Field Championships
Where: BU Track and Tennis Center – Boston, Mass.
When: Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25
How to Watch: Both days will be streamed live on AmericaEast.TV
Social Media: @AE_Gameday, @umbcxctf, @UMBCAthletics, #AEChamps #AETF
Last Time Out (Penn State Tune-Up):
The men kicked off the meet with a trio of top five finishes in the 60m dash, led by Brian Nelson. Nelson took first with a time of 6.91, as Afees Abolurin (7.09) and Noel Njem (7.23) finished third and fifth. James Oakley and Nelson went one-two in the 200m dash with times of 21.70 and 21.93.
Erick Soetje picked up a first place finish in the 400m with a time of 49.18. John Oputa finished the race in fifth with a time of 50.58. Urgy Eado led the distance runners, taking third in the mile with a time of 4:09.47.
Soetje, Oakley, Nelson and Darrius Oxley took home first in the 4x400m relay, crossing the finish line in 3:20.35.
In the field, Thomas Johnson was the lone Retriever winner in the long jump, finishing with a jump of 6.55m (21'6").
The women saw Erin Patrice take second in the 60m dash with a time of 7.68. Sophia Cologer earned a fourth place finish in the mile run, clocking in with a time of 4:57.85. Chelsea Vane and Kelsey Ponton went four-five in the 3,000m with times of 10:29.48 and 10:58.36 respectively.
Madeleine Entwistle took home gold in the 60m hurdles, clocking in with a time of 9.00.
The 4x400m relay team of Briana Roberts, Bridgett Redding, Elise Allen, and Cecilia Davies finished first with a time of 4:07.38.
At Last Year's Championships:
UMBC track and field finished the America East Championships on Saturday, with the men taking third, and the women in fourth. Several Retrievers turned in top times, and others earning conference gold. Hassan Omar was named Most Outstanding Track Performer, as well as earning the Co-Coaches Award.
The women finished fourth behind repeat champion Albany, New Hampshire and Binghamton. Stony Brook, Vermont, UMass Lowell, Maine and Hartford rounded out the field. For the men, Albany repeated as champions, followed by Binghamton and UMBC. Vermont, New Hampshire, Stony Brook, UMass Lowell, Maine and Hartford rounded out the nine-team field.
The Retrievers will head to the ECAC/IC4A Championships March 3-5, making a return trip to the BU Track and Tennis Center.