Track and Field Breaks Marks at New Balance Collegiate Invitational

Lauren LaClercq helped the 4x200m relays break the UMBC school record
Lauren LaClercq helped the 4x200m relays break the UMBC school record

2012 New Balance Collegiate Invitational

NEW YORK, NY. – The UMBC track and field teams once again broke records this season, this time while competing against over one hundred collegiate programs from across the country, Friday and Saturday at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational held at the 168th Street Armory.

In one of the last heats of the meet, the women's 4x200 meter relay of Kirsten Jones (Brentwood, Tenn/M.L.K Magnet), Ebonique Jones (New Castle, Del./William Penn), Briana Young (Bowie, Md./Elizabeth Seton) and Lauren Leclercq (Jessup, Md./Meade) shattered the UMBC all-time record with a time of 1:41.38.  The previous mark was set back in 2010 with a time of 1:43.97.

Also for the women, freshman Mary Katherine Kulp (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) continued her strong rookie campaign moving up to fifth all-time running a 2:18.08 in the 800m.

Meanwhile, classmate Kalane Abbey (Laurel, Md./Laurel) ran a personal best 57.56, and now stands at fifth all-time for the 400m.  In addition, Paulette Fogle (Washington, D.C./Bishop McNamara) jumped to sixth on UMBC's record book with a 1:16.09 in the 500m.

For the men, junior Cameron McDearmon (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin) continued his string of strong performances setting a personal-best in the weight throw with a toss of 17.65m (56' 11").

Aaron Brooks (Upper Marlboro, Md./DeMatha) also added to the UMBC throwers' impressive meet by improving his school record in the shot put with a toss of 16.13m (52' 11").

In addition, Andrew Smith (Chadds Ford, Pa./Garnet Valley) is now qualified for the IC4A meet in March after running a 1:54.60 in the 800m, claiming victory in his heat in the process.

The Retrievers head back to New York City for the second straight time next weekend when they compete in the Rider/Lafayette Invitational.