Boston, Mass.— Sophomore Jamal Cody shattered the school record in the 400m dash prelims to lead the Retrievers on day one of the America East Championships. The Retriever men are in fifth place, and the women in ninth after the first day in Boston.
Cody led a trio of Retrievers who earned spots in tomorrow's finals with a time of 48.05. Erick Soetje and John Oputa finished fourth and sixth with times of 48.71 and 49.32. Cody then was the top qualifier in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.14. Teammate Drew Daniels finished fifth in 8.53.
Brian Nelson earned a spot in both the 60m and 200m dashes with second place finishes in times of 6.89 and 21.65. James Oakley earned fourth in a time of 21.96.
Ty Thronson led the distance runners, qualifying eighth in the 500m with a time of 1:06.01.
Thomas Johnson took home seventh in the finals of the long jump with a jump of 6.81m (22'4.25"). Christian Kallenberg sits in first place after four events of the heptathlon with 2,845 points. The other top Retriever in the field was Alexios Prodanas, who took home silver in the weight throw with a toss of 18.54m (60'10").
UMBC sits in fifth place just behind Albany, Binghamton, UMass Lowell and New Hampshire. Vermont, Hartford, Stony Brook and Maine round out the field.
The women saw a slew of qualifiers for tomorrow's finals, led by Tori Johnson and Funmi Daramola. Johnson was the top qualifier in the 500m, finishing in 1:14.29. Kaya Knake qualified in eighth in 1:16.38. Daramola earned spots in the 200m and 400m finals with times of 24.90 and 56.72.
Amani Wallace, Erin Patrice, Yinka Alabi and Mercedes Tillman also earned spots in finals. Wallace had the third best time in the 200m dash with a time of 24.75, while Patrice was fifth in the 60m (7.68), Alabi was eighth in the 200m (25.16) and Tillman sixth in the 400m (56.88).
Sophia Cologer earned a seventh place finish in the 5,000m finals, clocking in with a time of 17:08.49. Madeleine Entwistle finished seventh in the prelims of the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.88.
Albany leads the pack on the women's side, followed by Binghamton, Vermont and New Hampshire. Maine, UMass Lowell, Stony Brook, Hartford and UMBC round out the field.
Day two of the final commences from Boston University Track and Tennis Center tomorrow at 10 a.m.