Personal Bests Fall as Track and Field Competes at Gotham Cup

Sophomore Paulette Fogle
Sophomore Paulette Fogle


NEW YORK, N.Y. – A week after equaling the school record in the 60m hurdles, UMBC senior Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) broke the mark Friday at the Gotham Cup.  Proctor finished tied for third in the event, but became the first Retriever to ever break eight seconds by finishing the finals heat with a time of 7.89. Last week at the Penn State Relays, the senior tied the mark of 8.00 set by Negasi Gerima back in 2000.

Proctor was not alone in setting new a new personal best as numerous other Retrievers followed suit.

America East Male Field Athlete of the Week Shioma Obemeata (New Rochelle, N.Y./Iona Prep/St. Francis) continued to better his mark in the triple jump by finishing third in New York with a personal-best leap of 14.71m (48'3.25").  Obemeata qualified for the IC4A meet last week and sits in fourth-place all-time in UMBC history.

In the throws, junior transfer Yao Adantor (Laurel, Md./Reservoir/Morgan St./Maryland) earned a seventh place finish in the weight throw by recording a personal-best toss of 15.89m (52'1.75").  Thor Serafenas was not far back finishing ninth with a distance of 15.62m (51'3.00") to move into seventh all-time for the Retrievers.  In the shot put, Adantor finished third (15.32m; 50'3.25") while Serafenas placed seventh (14.72m; 48'3.50").

The Retrievers also had a successful day in the distance events as freshman Hassan Omar (Frederick, Md./Thomas Frederick) moved into eighth all-time in the 5,000m run with a time of 15:15.62.

For the women, sophomore Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) was just off her school record pace in the 60m dash, finishing third with a time of 7.43.  Freshman D'Nique Phillip (Elkton, Md.) also earned a top-ten finish, placing tied for seventh with the third-fastest time in school history (7.71).

In the mid-distance, sophomore Paulette Fogle (Washington, D.C./Bishop McNamara) and junior Kirsten Jones (Brentwood, Tenn./M.L.K. Magnet) finished 7-8 and each recorded personal-bests to move up in the school record book.  Fogle's time of 1:14.96 and Jones' mark of 1:15.50 moves them into third and fourth, respectively.

Freshman Angel Bucci (Upper Darby, Pa./Upper Darby) continued her strong start to the indoor season, lowering her personal-best in the 3,000m run to 10:23.37 to move up to ninth in Retriever history.  Also in the distance runs, sophomore Julie Gessler (Ellicott City, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) finished third in the 5,000m run with a personal-record time of 18:27.42.

Senior Amanda Deller (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen) placed fourth in the shot put, registering a season-best toss of 13.87m (45'6.25).  Junior Emma Mayne (Mt. Airy, Md./Linganore) set a personal-best in the event, recording a throw of 11.66m (38'3.25) to take over tenth all-time at UMBC.

UMBC now has a full week off from competition before making a short drive down to Landover, Md. For the Terrapin Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 19.