Track and Field Begins Outdoor Season in Pepsi Florida Relays

Track and Field Begins Outdoor Season in Pepsi Florida Relays

Baltimore, Md. – UMBC track and field head south for their first outdoor meet of the season, traveling to Gainesville, Florida to compete in the Pepsi Florida Relays beginning on Thursday at 2 p.m., hosted by the University of Florida.

Pepsi Florida Meet Info:

What: Pepsi Florida Relays

Where: Gainesville, Florida – James G. Pressly Stadium

When: Thursday-Saturday, March 29-31

How to Watch: Friday Stream: http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3305403/pepsi-florida-relays

Saturday stream: http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3305378/pepsi-florida-relays

Live results: http://results.deltatiming.com/tf/2018-florida-relays

Social Media: @umbcxctf, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AETF

Last Time Out (America East Indoor Championships):

Sophomore Kaya Knake set the school record in the 800m event with a time of 2:10.97, taking fourth place.  Classmate Tori Johnson earned a third-place finish in the 500m dash with a time of 1:15.98, and helped the relay team of herself, juniors Amani Wallace and Yinka Alabi, and senior Funmi Daramola earn the silver medal with a time of 3:48.37.

Daramola also took fifth in the 400m dash with a personal best time of 56.58, and sixth in the 200m dash with a time of 24.79.  Wallace took sixth in the 400m with a personal best time of 56.77 and freshman Collese Daley took eighth with a time of 58.39.

Knake, classmates Briana Roberts and Bridgett Redding, and freshman Ariella Garcia took sixth place in the 4x800m relay, crossing the line in 9:25.18.  Redding also took eighth in the 1,000m run with a time of 2:59.41, the seventh fastest time in school history.

For the men, seniors Jamal Cody and John Oputa led the way.  Cody took the silver in the 60m hurdles, finishing with a time of 8.03, which was the third best all-time finish at UMBC.  Cody also took sixth in the 400m dash with a time of 48.96.  Oputa recorded a top five finish in the 200m dash with a time of 22.15, and a seventh-place finish in the 400m dash, with a time of 49.13.

Cody, Oputa, classmate Noel Njem and freshman Erik Jenks took fourth in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:19.45.  Fellow senior Ifa Eado took fourth in the mile run, running his season best time of 4:09.64, while sophomore Miles Smith took seventh in the 800m run with a time of 1:53.63, and junior Matthew Kane finished in ninth in the 3,000m run, crossing the line in 8:29.45.

In the field, Russell Bowman took fourth in the shot put with a distance of 15.98m, while sophomore Michael Parkent threw a distance of 16.09m in the weight toss, which was good for seventh place.  This was also the ninth best distance in UMBC's history. 

Up Next:

UMBC will travel to Fairfax, Va. next week to take part in the Colonial Relays, hosted by George Mason.