Deller and Jackson Win Again at Lafayette/Rider Winter Games

Mercedes Jackson won the 60m dash for the fifth time this year
Mercedes Jackson won the 60m dash for the fifth time this year

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The UMBC track and field teams returned to New York for the second straight week, this time competing in the Lafayette/Rider Winter Games, in preparation for next week's America East Indoor Championships. 

Once again, the Retrievers had a record setting day in the throw events. For the second straight week, senior Aaron Brooks (Upper Marlboro, Md./DeMatha) broke his own school record in the shot put.  Finishing fourth in the event, Brooks furthered his personal-best and UMBC record with a toss of 16.31m (53' 6.25").

Also, junior Cameron McDearmon (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin)broke the school record and placed second in the weight throw.  McDearmon's throw of 18.83m (61' 9.5") bested the previous mark set by Mike Zyvolski back in 2006.

The Retriever women also dominated the throwing events at the Winter Games, with junior Amanda Deller (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen) and Chrissy Robinson (Lusby, Md./Patuxent) going one-two in the shot put, with both setting personal bests in the event.  Deller's toss of 14.96m (49' 1.75") puts her second on UMBC's all-time list, while Robinson jumps to third with her toss of 14.07m (46' 2").  Also, Monica Hagenauer (Schnecksville, Pa./Parkland) placed tenth with a personal-best throw of 11.52m (37' 9.5").

Deller also finished fourth in the weight throw (15.36m, 50' 4.75).

Freshman Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) continued her impressive rookie campaign, picking up her fifth win of the year in the 60m dash (7.51).  Ebonique Jones gave UMBC another top-five finish, placing fourth (7.74) in the event.

In addition, several of the Retriever men runners placed in the top-ten while setting their names in the school record book.  Josh Hewitson (New Market, Md./Linganore) won the 500m event  with a time of 1:04.39. Meanwhile, in 1000m run, Scott Heydrick (Ellicott City, Md.) placed third at the Winter Games and in the UMBC record book, completing the race in 2:28.75.

The Retrievers also finished well in the women's mid-distance runs with Deborah Adelola (Lanham, Md./Bladensburg) placing third in the 500m (1:16.41) and Paulette Fogle (Washington, D.C./Bishop McNamara) (58.60) and Cody Mezebish (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) (2:18.58) finishing fourth in the 400m and 800m runs, respectively.

Mo Drammeh (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) and Shioma Obemeata (New Rochelle, N.Y./Iona Preparatory/St. Francis) also claimed silver at the games in the high jump and triple jump, respectively. Drammeh placed second with jump of 1.99m (6' 6.25") and Obemeata was just off the pace in the triple jump with his leap of 14.52m (47' 7.75").

UMBC's track and field teams now heads to Boston next weekend to participate in the 2012 America East Indoor Championships held at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center.  The two-day event starts on Fri. Feb. 17 and finishes the next day, Sat. Feb. 18.