Trio of Retrievers Head to Jacksonville for NCAA East Preliminaries

Trio of Retrievers Head to Jacksonville for NCAA East Preliminaries

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Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC track and field will send three athletes to the NCAA East Preliminaries that runs this Thursday, May 23 through Saturday, May 25. Kelechi Nwanaga will compete in both the javelin and shot put with Manos Kamtsiklis and Alexios Prodanas competing in the hammer throw at the prelims. The Retrievers are coming off a seventh place finish on both the men's and women's side at the America East Championships.

NCAA East Preliminaries Info:
What: 2019 NCAA East Preliminaries
Where: Hodges Stadium (University of North Florida) - Jacksonville, Fla.
When: Thursday, May 23-Saturday, May 25
Social Media: @umbcxctf, @UMBCAthletics, @NCAATrackField, #RetrieverNation, #AETF

How They Got Here:

Sophomore Kelechi Nwanaga had another strong outdoor season, hitting her qualifying mark in the javelin at the ECAC Championships just two weeks ago. Nwanaga successfully defended her America East title in the javelin earlier this month, winning the event with a toss of 51.84m.

Alexios Prodanas will make a return trip to the NCAA Prelims in the hammer throw. His toss of 68.01m at the Bucknell Team Challenge not only earned him a spot in Jacksonville, but also broke the school record in the event. He earned silver at the America East Championships, just being edged out by teammate Manos Kamtsiklis.

Kamtsiklis will make an appearance at the national meet in just his first season as a Retriever. His gold medal throw at the America East Championships of 62.50m earned him a spot, joining fellow countryman Alexios Prodanas who he edged out at the meet.  

Schedule:

Thursday, May 23:
12:00 PM- Men's Hammer Throw (Alexios Prodanas, Manos Kamtsiklis)
12:00 PM- Women's Javelin (Kelechi Nwanaga)

How to Watch:

Live stream of each day here with a subscription. Live results will be available throughout the weekend here.