Jackson Named America East Female Track Performer of the Week

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UMBC sophomore Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) was named the America East Female Track Performer of the Week for the first week of indoor competition, the conference office announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Jackson earns the award, the third of her career, after another record-setting performance at UMBC's season-opening meet, the Bison Opener, this past weekend at Bucknell.  As she did last year, in her first collegiate meet, Jackson won the 60m dash and once again did so in record-setting fashion.  This year Jackson bested the field in both the prelims and finals, resetting the UMBC school record each time.  In the preliminary round, she lowered the mark to 7.48, and then bettered it further to 7.47 in the finals, the fourth-fastest mark in the country this season.

Last year, Jackson was named the America East Most Outstanding Female Rookie at both the indoor and outdoor championships, winning one individual event and claiming second place in an event as well at each meet.  At the end of her freshman year, Jackson owned four individual school records, in addition to helping two relays claim school marks.

UMBC now has the remainder of the 2012 calendar year off from competition before traveling north to the Penn State Relays on Saturday, Jan. 5.