Jackson Back on Top as Track and Field Competes at Terrapin Invitational

Sophomore Mercedes Jackson
Sophomore Mercedes Jackson

LANDOVER, Md. – UMBC sophomore standout Mercedes Jackson(Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) returned to the win column in the 60m dash as the UMBC track and field team competed against several local rivals on Saturday at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex.

For Jackson, the UMBC record holder in both the 60m dash and 200m dash, it was her third win of the season in the short sprint.

Freshman Angel Bucci (Upper Darby, Pa./Upper Darby) put in a personal-best effort in the mile, crossing the line in 5:13.76 to move up to seventh all-time in UMBC history.

The Retrievers garnered three top-ten finishes in both the 200m dash and 400m dash.  In the shorter distance, junior Kirsten Jones (Brentwood, Tenn./M.L.K Magnet), freshman D'Nique Phillip (Elkton, Md.), and sophomore Kalane' Abbey (Laurel, Md./Laurel) finished third, sixth, and ninth, respectively.  Jones and Abbey also placed in the top-ten in the 400 as sophomore Paulette Fogle(Washington, D.C./Bishop McNamara) led the Retrievers with a third place finish.

Senior Amanda Deller (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen) once again placed highly in the throwing events.  The veteran thrower posted a season-best in the weight throw with a toss of 15.80m (51'10.00) to finish third. She also placed eighth in the shot put.

Senior Cameron McDearmon (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin) won the weight throw and junior Andrew Smith (Chadds Ford, Pa./Garnet Valley) won the 800m run as the UMBC track and field team competed against several local rivals on Saturday at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex. 

Both McDearmon and Smith set season-bests in the process, as well as qualified for the IC4A meet in March.  McDearmon bested the field with a distance of 18.38m (60'3.75") while Smith earned his win with a quarter-mile time of 1:54.66.  The senior thrower also placed sixth in the shot put with a heave of 14.44m (47'4.50").

McDearmon's performance was just part of a successful day for the UMBC throwers.  Junior transfer Yao Adantor (Laurel, Md./Reservoir/Morgan St./Maryland) paced the Retrievers in the shot put by finishing second and also picked up a top-ten finish in the weight throw with a seventh place finish after a season-best toss of 15.99m (52'5.50").  Thor Serafenas recorded a well-rounded day as well, finishing fifth in both of the events after registering personal-best efforts.  His toss of 16.25m (53'3.75") in the weight throw moved him to fifth all-time in the Retriever record book while his distance of 14.83m (48'8.00") in the shot also boosted his best.

Junior Ray Stinsman III (Mt. Laurel, N.J./Lenape) also aided the Retriever throwers by taking eighth in the weight throw.  His heave of 15.26m (50'0.75") moves him into tenth all-time in UMBC history.

Several other Retrievers earned top-ten finishes, led by freshman Andrew Keresztes (Port Jefferson, N.Y./Port Jefferson) who finished just three spots behind Smith in the 800m run with a time of 1:57.87.

Senior Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) could not quite match his school record performance of last week, but did break eight seconds again in the 60m hurdles, finishing second in the event with a time of 7.99.

UMBC also received two top-five finishes in the 5000m run as senior TJ Cowing (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) and junior Vinny DiSalvo (Washingtonville, N.Y./Washingtonville) placed second and fourth, respectively.

UMBC continues its indoor season next week when they team splits up for the first time of the year. Some of the Retriever athletes will return to Pennsylvania for the Penn State National Invitational while other will head to Virginia for the Patriot Games at George Mason.