BALTIMORE – A select group of Retrievers whom met qualifying standards during the invitational meet season will return to Boston for the UMBC track and field team this weekend to compete in the ECAC and IC4A Championship meets. The meets, which will be held at the Boston University Track and Field Pavilion, will begin on Friday, Mar. 1 with the heptathlon competition and continue through Sunday, Mar. 3.
After an outstanding all-around performance less than two weeks ago at the 2013 America East Championships, the UMBC athletes will look to improve their standards on the return trip to New England.
Leading the way for the women, sophomore Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) continues her quest to reach the NCAA Championships in the 60m dash. Named the America East Most Outstanding Female Track athlete last month, Jackson is currently tied for 15th in the nation with her school-record time of 7.34 which she recorded at the Penn State National Invitational. The standout sophomore won the event at the conference, while also taking the top honor in the 200m dash.
Junior Kirsten Jones (Brentwood, Tenn./M.L.K. Magnet) will compete for the Retrievers in both the 200m dash and 400m dash events while sophomore Paulette Fogle (Washington, D.C./Bishop McNamara) will run the 500m event. Jones earned a bronze medal in the 400m dash while placing fourth in the 200m dash at the America East meet. Fogle, meanwhile, took the top spot in the 500 with a school-record time of 1:13.69.
For the men, senior Dennison Long (Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt/FIU) will handle the sprint duties after winning both the 60m and 200m at the conference meet to earn Most Outstanding Male Track Athlete honors.
Senior Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone), a three-time conference champion, will run for the Retrievers in the 60m hurdles. Earlier this season Proctor became the first Retriever to go under eight seconds in the event and now holds the school-record with a time of 7.87.
In the mid-distance events, junior Andrew Smith (Chadds Ford, Pa./Garnet Valley) and sophomore Sarah Daly (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) will run the respective 800 events, with freshman Andrew Keresztes (Port Jefferson, N.Y./Port Jefferson) competing in the 1,000m. Smith won the men's race at the conference meet while Daly placed eighth in the women's race. Keresztes qualified for the IC4A by finishing second at the championships with a time of 2:28.32.
Two relay teams will compete for the women with Fogle, sophomore Kalane' Abbey (Laurel, Md./Laurel), freshman D'Nique Phillip (Elkton, Md.), and Jones combining for the 4x400m and junior Cody Mezebish (Westminster, Md./South Carroll), freshman Essence Fredericks (Baltimore, Md./Carver Center), Daly, and freshman Angel Bucci (Upper Darby, Pa./Upper Darby) teaming for the distance medley. The 4x400 team won the gold at the America East meet after breaking the school record at the Armory Collegiate Invitational (3:46.97) and the distance team placed third in conference, setting a new UMBC-record time (12:05.78).
The Retrievers will look to multiple conference champions to perform in the field events. Two-time America East Most Outstanding Female Field Athlete and four-time conference indoor shot put champion Amanda Deller (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen) will take to the circle again in Boston. Deller set a new personal-best toss of 15.00m (49'2.50") earlier this year at the Penn State National Invite.
Senior Cameron McDearmon (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin) paces the men in the weight throw after claiming his first conference title in February. McDearmon, the school record holder, will be joined in the IC4A competition by sophomore Thor Serafenas (Olney, Md./Good Counsel/Clemson) who took fourth in the America East event.
New school record holder Yao Adantor (Laurel, Md./Reservoir/Morgan St./Maryland) looks better the silver medal he won at the America East meet with his distance of 16.50m (54'1.75").
After winning his first America East gold medal, senior Shioma Obemeata (New Rochelle, N.Y./Iona Prep/St. Francis) returns to the runway to compete in the triple jump. The captain set a new personal-best during his last trip to Boston with a leap of 15.01m (49'3.00").