TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Heavy rain and inclement weather cut competition short for the UMBC track and field team on Saturday, day two of the Florida State Relays at Mike Long Track.
A day after setting a personal-best in the hammer throw, sophomore Thor Serafenas (Olney, Md./Good Counsel/Clemson) jumped into the UMBC top-ten in the discus. Serafenas recorded a throw of 43.87m (143'11.00") to move into eighth-place all-time while finishing tenth in the competition. Freshman Vincent Rentzsch (Oranienburg, Germany) also competed in the event, placing 13th (39.26m, 128'9.00").
On the track, sophomore Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) earned a top-ten finish in the 200m dash. The school record holder in the event, Jackson finished sixth with a time of 24.26. Freshman D'Nique Phillip (Elkton, Md.) and sophomore Kalane' Abbey (Laurel, Md./Laurel) placed 37th and 44th, respectively, for the Retrievers.
In the men's race, senior Dennison Long (Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt/FIU) moved into a tie for ninth-place in the school record book by placing 11th overall in the event with a personal-best time of 21.80. Classmate Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) took 32nd with a time of 23.52.
The UMBC track and field team now returns home to hosts its first meet since the 2011 America East Championships with the Big Dawg Invitational on Saturday, Mar. 30 at UMBC Stadium. The meet will be streamed live on UMBCRetrievers.tv.