More Personal-Bests Fall as Track and Field Competes at Day One of New Balance Collegiate Invitational

Sophomore Paulette Fogle
Sophomore Paulette Fogle

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Six athletes recorded personal-bests at the UMBC track and field team competed at the first day of the New Balance Collegiate Invitational, Friday at the Armory.

For the men, sprinter Dennison Long (Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt/FIU) broke his personal-best twice in the 200m dash.  In the preliminary round, Long passed his previous best with a time of 21.73 while finishing fourth.  Then in the finals, the senior lowered his mark further to 21.59 to finish second in the event and move up to fourth all-time in UMBC history.

Also moving up in the school rankings, sophomore Thor Serafenas (Olney, Md./Good Counsel/Clemson) recorded a personal-best toss of 15.34m (50'4.00") in the shot put.  While he finished 27th in the event, his distance shoots him up to third all-time on the school list.  Junior Yao Adantor (Laurel, Md./Reservoir/Morgan State/Maryland) finished just ahead of his teammate with a heave of 15.38m (50'5.50").

Although he did not set a personal-record, senior Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) once again completed the 60m hurdles in under eight seconds with a time of 7.99.  Proctor is the only Retriever to ever go under the eight-second mark in school history.

On the women's side, multiple athletes put in record-setting performances for the Retrievers.

Sophomore standout Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) reached the finals of the 60m finals and matched her school record time of 7.34 while placing fifth in the event.

UMBC received top performances in the longer sprint events as well, as sophomore Paulette Fogle (Washington, D.C./Bishop McNamara) and junior Kirsten Jones (Brentwood, Tenn./M.L.K. Magnet) both surpassed career marks.  Fogle completed the 500m dash in a time of 56.38, the third-fastest time in UMBC history, to place second.  Jones, meanwhile, finished tenth in the 400m dash, but ran the event in 56.36, the second-fastest time in school history.

Sophomore Mary Katherine Kulp (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) led the distance crew by posting a personal-record in the 1,000m run.  Kulp completed the event in a time of 3:01.10 to move up to third all-time for the Retrievers.

In the throws, junior Emma Mayne (Mt. Airy, Md./Linganore) jumped up to eight all-time by registering a toss of 12.26m (40'2.75") in the shot put.  Senior Amanda Deller (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen) finished 16th in the competition with a throw of 14.47m (47'5.75").

UMBC continues the competition on Saturday with the second day of the New Balance Collegiate Invitational.  The Retriever then travel to Boston, Mass. on Feb. 11 for the America East Championships.