PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago – Former UMBC track and field athlete and NCAA champion Cleopatra Borel was named the National Association of Athletics Administrations (NAAA) of Trinidad and Tobago Female Athlete of the Year, Sunday evening at the organization's annual awards ceremony. In addition, Borel earned the "Women Open Field" award.
Borel earned the award after recording a season-best shot put of 17.84m (58'6.50"), just .04m short of the top-12 while attempting to earn a spot at the World Championships last year. In July, the Retriever alum and school record holder won gold at the 2013 Central American and Caribbean Championships with a heave of 17.56m (57'7.50").
Borel became the first-ever NCAA champion in UMBC school history when she won the shot put title with a toss of 17.50m (57'5.00") in 2002. During her time with the Retrievers, Borel claimed the school record in the indoor and outdoor (16.44m, 53'1.225") shot put, the weight throw (18.03m, 59'2.00"), and the hammer throw (51.28m, 168'3.00"). In addition, she was a three-time All-American during her time in Baltimore.
Competing unattached from the UMBC team due to expired indoor track eligibility this past weekend, Dennison Long (Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt/FIU) won the 200m dash with a time of 21.28 at the Penn State Relays in University Park, Pa. Following the weekend, Long ranks tenth in the world on the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) top list.
In addition to his win in the 200m, Long also claimed the title in the 60m dash with a meet record time of 6.74 in the event finals. Long entered the finals as the top seed after recording a time of 6.77 in the preliminary round.
Long competed for the Retrievers last season and ranks third in the 200m (21.57) and fourth in the 60m dash (6.86) in the UMBC indoor record book. He was named the America East Most Outstanding Male Track athlete last year at both the conference indoor and outdoor meet. He will rejoin the squad for the outdoor season and attempt to claim the school record in the 100m and 200m dash events in which he currently ranks second (10.39) and third (21.14), respectively, in school history.