Retrievers Set Personal, Season and School Bests at Penn State Relays

Mercedes Jackson broke her own school record in the 60m dash
Mercedes Jackson broke her own school record in the 60m dash

PSU Relays Results

STATE COLLEGE, PA. – Competing for the first time in 2012, the UMBC track and field team set multiple records Saturday at the Penn State Relays. 

Junior Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) picked up his first win of the season, claiming gold in the 60m hurdles.  His time of 8.03 ranks second on UMBC's all-time list and qualifies him for the IC4A Championships in March. 

Also qualifying for the regional meet, the men's 4x800 relay ran a 7:50.16 to earn a bid to Boston.  In the field events, junior Cameron McDearmon (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin) set a new personal best in the weight throw, finishing second in the event with a throw of 17.47m (57'3.75") to earn a trip as well. 

Freshman Mercedes Jackson (Huntington, Md./Huntington) continued to impress early on in her college career, running a 7.50 60m dash, lowering her own school record.  Jackson set the school record in her first collegiate meet back in December at the Bucknell Opener.

Jackson was also part of a duo of Retrievers to write their name on the 200m list.  Leading the way with a time of 24.88, the freshman ranks third on the school's all-time list while fellow freshman Briana Young (Bowie, Md./Elizabeth Seton) sits at eighth (25.48). 

In addition, sophomore Deborah Adelola (Lanham, Md./Bladensburg) won her heat and finished seventh overall, setting a new personal-best in the 500m with a time of 1:16.55.

Meanwhile in the distance events, freshman Mary Katherine Kulp (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) wrote her name in the record book as well, finishing fourth at Penn State in the 1000m.  Finishing in a time of 3:07.44, Kulp places her name at No. 8 on UMBC's list.

The Retrievers return to the track next weekend when they head to New York for the Gotham Cup on Friday, Jan. 13.