Deller Earns Top-Ten Finish as Retrievers Start Competition at Penn Relays

Senior Amanda Deller
Senior Amanda Deller

PHILADELPHIA – UMBC senior Amanda Deller (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen) earned a top-ten finish as she recorded a season-best in the shot put, Thursday afternoon on day one of the Penn Relays at Franklin Field.

Deller's toss of 14.18m (46'6.25") surpassed her previous season-best of 13.76m (45'1.75") which she set last weekend, and slotted her ninth in the competition at Penn.  It also gives the senior captain the best toss in the America East so far this season.

In the first event of the day, the 400m hurdles, sophomore Paulette Fogle (Washington, D.C./Bishop McNamara) finished in 50th with a time of 1:03.40.  The school-record holder in the event, Fogle has already qualified for the ECAC meet at Princeton and owns the third-fastest time (1:01.59) in the conference this year.

The women's 4x400 relay team of Fogle, junior Kirsten Jones (Brentwood, Tenn./M.L.K. Magnet), freshman D'Nique Phillip (Elkton, Md.), and sophomore Kalane' Abbey (Laurel, Md./Laurel) finished out UMBC's day by placing 31st with a time of 3:48.60.  The Retrievers bested America East-rival Binghamton (3:51.52), but were just behind Albany (3:46.09).

The Penn Relays pick back up at Franklin Field on Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. with the College Men's 400m Hurdles Championship.