Baltimore, Md.—UMBC track and field had strong showings at both the Bucknell Team Challenge and Larry Ellis Invitational on Saturday. Alexios Prodanas reset his school record once again in the hammer throw at the Bucknell Team Challenge, finishing the event in first place to lead the Retrievers.
Prodanas finished the event with a toss of 68.01m, a new school record. Manos Kamtsiklis finished the event in second place with a throw of 60.99m. Prodanas has took second in the discus with a throw of 45.16m. Jameer Robinson, Trenson Terry and Divinus Muteba also had strong finishes in the field. Muteba took gold in the high jump with a jump of 2.06m. Terry took sixth in the long jump at 6.25m and Robinson finished the javelin with a throw of 49.57m. Andrew Haberman rounded out the field in fifth in the shot put (14.13m).
Chris Thoms and Terry led the runners at Bucknell with a fourth-place finish in the steeplechase (9:49.99) and seventh in the 400m hurdles (58.41) respectively.
On the women's side, Erin Patrice led the way with a pair of top ten finishes. She took silver in the 100m dash (12.37) and bronze in the 200m (25.01). Twin sister Kara Patrice finished the 100m in fifth place in 12.57 with Asha Washington finishing the event in eighth in 13.18. Tori Johnson turned in a first place finish in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:02.84 with Amani Wallace finishing fourth in the 200m (25.13) to round out the sprints.
A pair of Retrievers finished the steeplechase in the top ten, led by Margo Henley in second (11:16.28) with Alexis Bartelloni taking seventh (12:02.15). Emmy Beyer rounded out the runners with a fourth place finish in the 3,000m run (10:51.46).
In the field, Eleni Zotou and Elisabeth Kan led the way in the discus (10th, 36.70m) and the long jump (10th, 4.44m).
Larry Ellis Invitational:
Only a handful of athletes competed in Princeton on Saturday. Kaya Knake was the lone female competitor, finishing the 800m elite race in tenth in a time of 2:08.61.
For the men, Taylor Baranoski led the way with a 19th place finish in the 1,500m elite in a time 3:50.97. Miles Smith took 24th in the 800m elite in 1:53.25 with Matthew Kane and Nathan Nadal rounding out the field in the 5,000m (15:19.49) and the 3,000m steeplechase (9:30.47) respectively.
The Retrievers will have their final tune-up before the America East Championships with the historic Penn Relays next Thursday through Saturday.