BALTIMORE, Md. – The UMBC track and field teams split up this weekend with multiple athletes exceling at both the Duke Invitational in Durham, N.C. and the Liberty Collegiate Invitational in Lynchburg, Va.
At Duke, freshman Mercedes Jackson (Huntington, Md./Huntington) continued her amazing rookie campaign by claiming victory in the 200m (24.20) and placing third in the 100m (11.90). In addition, she combined with Ebonique Jones (New Castle, Del./William Penn), Briana Young(Bowie, Elizabeth Seton) and Imani Colbert (Upper Marlboro, Md./C.H. Flowers) to break a school record and take top honors in the 4x100m relay. The team's time of 47.07 breaks the UMBC record of 47.18 set two years ago in 2010.
Young also took seventh in the 400m dash to move into fifth all-time in school history with a time of 57.52. Sophomore Kirsten Jones (Brentwood, Tenn./M.L.K. Magnet) was just behind, taking eighth and placing sixth on the school list running the track in 57.55.
Multiple distance runners placed themselves on the all-time list as well including sophomore Cody Mezebish(Westminster, Md./South Carroll) who ran the fourth-fastest time in school history in the 800m (2:16.34). Classmate Kirsten McGovern (Sykesville, Md./Century) and freshman Julie Gessler (Ellicott City, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) each ran personal-bests in the 10000m run to now place seventh (38:48.54) and eighth (39.35.97), respectively.
In the hurdles, freshman Paulette Fogle (Washington, D.C./Bishop McNamara) ran the second-fastest time in UMBC history while placing ninth in the 400m hurdles (1:03.12).
For the men, distance runners TJ Cowing (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) and Tommy Eldridge (Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky River) now rank second (31:06.10) and fifth (31:36.40), respectively, in the 10000m run.
In Virginia, multiple field athletes took top-10 finishes and moved up of the school lists as well.
Senior Laura Walker (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) broke her own school record while finishing fourth in the pole vault at Liberty, clearing a height of 3.35m (10'11.75). Walker had previously set the school mark last year at a height of 3.15m.
Classmate Chrissy Robinson (Lusby, Md./Patuxent) also had a record breaking day, setting a new personal-best in the discus and finishing eighth in the competition. The senior moved into third all-time with a toss of 41.16m (135'0").
Thrower Aaron Brooks (Upper Marlboro, Md./DeMatha) paced the men's squad taking two top-five finishes in the discus and shot put. His throw of 47.21m (154'11") earned him third in the discus while a toss of 15.01m (49'3") garnered him fourth in the shot.
Junior Cameron McDearmon (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin) and sophomore Ray Stinsman III (Mt. Laurel, N.J./Lenape) both bettered their standing in the school record book with personal-bests in the hammer throw. McDearmon took fifth place and moved to third in UMBC history with a throw of 52.01m (170'8") while Stinsman finished eighth at Liberty and is now seventh at UMBC with a mark of 48.91m (160'05").
The UMBC track and field teams have a quick turnaround as they head south once again to compete at the Sea Ray Relays beginning on Wednesday. The four-day meet on the campus of the University of Tennessee runs each day through Saturday.