Baltimore, Md. – UMBC track and field will head north to Boston this weekend for the 2018 America East Indoor Championships. The Retrievers are looking to capture their first conference title, and they are coming off a strong showing in the Penn State Tune-Up last weekend in State College. Both days of competition will be streamed live at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/americaeast/.
2018 America East Indoor Championships Info:
What: 2018 America East Indoor Track and Field Championships
Where: BU Track and Tennis Center – Boston, Mass.
When: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. February 23-24
Social Media: @AE_Gameday, @umbccxtf, @UMBCAthletics, #AEChamps, #AETF
Last Time Out (Penn State Tune-Up):
Last weekend, the Retrievers had their strongest outing of the indoor season leading up to the Conference Championships.
The men were led in the 1,000m event, in which senior Ifa Eado took the gold medal with a time of 2:28.57. Sophomores Miles Smith and Gavin Prather earned the silver and bronze respectively with times of 2:30.01 and 2:34.94.
In the 60m hurdles, junior Jamal Cody crossed the line second in 8.64 to take the silver medal. Freshman Erik Jenks and senior Samuel Enomanna earned top five finishes in the 400m, with Jenks coming in second with a time of 52.50 and Enomanna earned fourth with a time of 53.14.
Jenks, Eado, Smith, and Rhys Burgett took second place in the 4x400 relay, finishing with a time of 3:26.28. Burgett also ran his personal best mile, with a time of 4:19.
Freshman Nathan Trowell-Lopez crossed the line in second in the 800m in 2:01.11, while junior Nathan Nadal rounded out the track team with a bronze medal in the 3,000m, finishing with a time of 8:32.78.
In the field, sophomore Michael Parkent, senior Russell Bowman, and freshman Andrew Haberman earned top five finishes in the weight throw. Parkent earned the silver with a distance of 15.46m, Bowman the bronze with a distance of 14.76m, and Haberman tossed the weight 14.37m to take fourth.
Bowman also earned a bronze in the shot put with a distance of 15.07m, and Haberman took fourth with a distance of 13.14m.
The women were led in the 1,000m by sophomores Kaya Knake and Briana Roberts, who took first and second respectively in the event. Knake finished in 3:00.41 and Roberts in 3:04.31. Juniors Kara Patrice and Erin Patrice took the silver and bronze in the 60m dash with times of 7.84 and 7.972. In the same event, freshman Collese Daley crossed the line fourth with a time of 7.979.
In the 400m, sophomore Tori Johnson took the bronze with a time of 58.26, while senior Funmi Daramola finished fourth in 59.04. Junior Amani Wallace earned the bronze in the 200m dash with a time of 25.35.
The 4x400m relay team of Knake, Roberts, Ariella Garcia, and Cecilia Davies took the silver with a time of 3:55.67.
Senior Ricca Graham tossed a distance of 14.07m in the weight throw to earn fourth, and freshman Kelechi Nwanaga recorded a distance of 11.20m in the shot put which was good for fifth place.
At Last Year's Indoor Championships:
The men finished in fourth place last season, which included the 4x400m relay team of Jamal Cody, Erick Soetje, James Oakley III, and Darrius Oxley broke the school record and earned gold, with a time of 3:14.88. Cody also broke the school record in the 400m dash with a time of 48.05.
Albany took the men's title, followed by UMass Lowell, Binghamton, and UMBC. New Hampshire, Vermont, Stony Brook, Maine, and Hartford rounded out the field.
The women finished seventh, led by the 4x400m relay team of Mercedes Tillman, Tori Johnson, Amani Wallace, and Funmi Daramola who took the gold with a time of 3:46.28. Johnson was also named the America East Most Outstanding Rookie last year.
Albany's women took first, followed by Stony Brook and New Hampshire in the top-three. Binghamton took fourth, followed by UMass Lowell, Vermont, UMBC, Maine, and Hartford.
A handful of the team will be traveling back to Boston for the 2018 ECAC/IC4A Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday-Sunday, March 2-4.