Jackson Races to Gold Medal, New School Record at ECAC/IC4A Championships

Sophomore Mercedes Jackson
Sophomore Mercedes Jackson



PRINCETON, N.J. – UMBC sophomore Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) ran a new career-best and school record time to claim the top honors in the 100m dash at the ECAC/IC4A Championships, Sunday afternoon at Weaver Stadium.

Already holding the record time (11.57) from her performance at the Mason Spring Invitational, Jackson raced past the regional field on Sunday with a time of 11.51.  Her run moves her into a tie for 15th in the NCAA East Region as the sophomore standout now prepares for the East Preliminary meet to be held on May 24-25 in Greenville, N.C.

Eight-time America East shot put champion Amanda Deller (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen) earned a top-ten finish in the event at Princeton.  The senior recorded her best toss of 14.50m (47'7.00") in her first attempt of the finals to claim eighth place.

For the men, junior Yao Adantor (Laurel, Md./Reservoir/Morgan State/Maryland) landed just a foot short of his school-record mark with a heave of 16.29m (53'5.50") to finish 14th.

Junior Jake Albino (Hampton, N.Y./Minisink Valley) took fifth in the 1,500m run with a time of 3:49.67. Albino finished just two seconds behind the race winner, Issac Wendland of Liberty (3:47.32).

In the 4x100 relay, the men's team of junior Pat Balderson (Mount Airy, Md./Linganore), Jenove Blanfort, and seniors Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) and Dennison Long (Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt/FIU) took eighth with a time of 41.72.

School record holder Vincent Rentzsch (Oranienburg, Germany) finished 13th in the javelin competition with a heave of 59.72m (195'11).