America East Champion Deller Picks Up Top-30 Finish at NCAA East Preliminaries in the Shot Put

Mercedes Jackson finished 44th in the 100m dash
Mercedes Jackson finished 44th in the 100m dash

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – UMBC junior Amanda Deller (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen) finished 29th out of a field of 48 in the shot put at the NCAA Track and Field East Preliminaries on Thursday, at Hodges Stadium on the campus of the University of North Florida.

The six-time America East shot put champion recorded a throw of 14.67m (48'1.75") en route to finishing above competitors from Maryland, Michigan and South Carolina.  Her toss landed just short of her personal-best of 14.81m (48' 7.25"), which won her the conference championship earlier this month.

Deller was the first of three UMBC athletes to compete at the meet as freshman Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) finished 44th in the 100m dash later in the day.  Sophomore Brandan McGee (Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood) will compete on Friday in the steeplechase immediately following the 200m dash which Jackson will also take part in.

Jackson, the America East Indoor and Outdoor Most Outstanding Rookie who holds the UMBC record for the event, finished in 12.06 on Thursday.  Earlier this season she set the school mark with a time of 11.66 at the Morgan State Legacy Meet.

This is the first time that UMBC has had three athletes compete in individual events at the regional meet while Jackson becomes the first Retriever to ever compete in two separate events at an NCAA event. 

The regional meet continues on Friday beginning with the hammer throw at 10 a.m.  Jackson takes to the track again for the 200m at 8:25 p.m. and McGee follows thereafter for the steeplechase at 8:50 p.m.