Distance Group Heads to Princeton; Sprinters and Field Athletes Head across Town to Morgan State for Weekend Meet

Mercedes Jackson owns two UMBC outdoor records
Mercedes Jackson owns two UMBC outdoor records

BALTIMORE – After standout performances last weekend at Bucknell and Tennessee, the UMBC track and field squads once again split up and travel to their respective meets this weekend. A group of distance runners will travel to the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton, N.J. while the remainder of the track and field squad will stay local to attend the Morgan State Legacy Meet.


Last week in Pennsylvania, senior Keri Wilson (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) shattered her career-best time by almost five and a half seconds in the 3000m steeplechase last Saturday at the Bison Outdoor Classic, breaking the school record. Wilson's time of 11:29.56 broke the previous record of 11:33.15 that was set in 2001.


Sophomore Cody Mezebish (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) will look to continue her strong campaign after improving her time in the 800m run (2:14.28), which still ranks her fourth in school history.


In Tennessee, more personal records were broken as new athletes gave strong performances to land on the school's all-time top-ten list.


Freshmen Paulette Fogle (Washington, D.C./Bishop McNamara) has been a constant in the hurdles and placed fifth in the 400m event with a personal-best time of 1:02.50, which ranks second on the all-time UMBC list.


On the field, senior Chrissy Robinson (Lusby, Md./Patuent) furthered her mark in the discus with a toss of 41.35m (135'8").


For the men, Cameron McDearmon (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin) leaped third in the record book in the hammer throw (50.04m – 164'2").


Both meets this weekend will begin on Friday and run through the day and finishing on Saturday evening.