Staten Island, N.Y.-- UMBC track and field had a strong showing at the Great Dane Classic, led by Alexios Prodanas who set the school record in the weight throw. He broke the seven year record set back in 2012 by Cameron McDearmon.
Prodanas finished with his best toss at 18.97m. That throw beat the previous school record which was held by McDearmon at 18.93m set back in the winter of 2012. Trenson Terry and Divinus Muteba also turned in top five finishes in the field with Terry going third in the long jump (6.92m) and Muteba taking fourth in the high jump (1.99m/6'6.25").
A slew of Retrievers finished in near the top on the track. Matt Kingeter and Hugh O'Connor finished three-four in the 5,000m run with times of 15:19.63 and 15:30.00 respectively. Brian Cave was not too far behind in eighth in 15:35.19. Nathan Nadal finished sixth in the mile with a time of 4:23.06.
Brian Nelson led the sprinters with two seventh place finishes in the 200m dash (21.87) and the 400m dash (50.12).
On the women's side, Tori Johnson earned a seventh place finish in the 500m dash, crossing the finish line in a time of 1:17.94. Ariella Garcia was just behind her in 13th place in a time of 1:19.41.
Kaya Knake had the best finish on the women's side with a sixth place finish in the 1,000m run, crossing the tape in 2:59.59.
In the field, Kelechi Nwanaga finished fourth in the shot put with her best throw coming at 13.00m.
The Retrievers will have a short turnaround before heading back to Staten Island for the NYC Gotham Cup this Friday, Jan. 18.