CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UMBC junior Alisha Beeman (Bridgeport, Conn./Bunnell/Hartford) has been named the America East Female Field Performer of the Week for the second time this 2014 outdoor season, the conference office announced on Tuesday afternoon.
In addition, the UMBC men's track and field team held on to the No. 10 spot in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) poll, the final one before this weekend's conference meet.
This past weekend at the 120th Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Beeman broke her own school record in the javelin, while also matching her top leap of the season in the high jump. On the opening day of the meet, the junior cleared 1.68m (5'6") to finish tied for tenth in the high jump competition and equal her top jump of the season, which ranks second in the UMBC record book. The following day on Friday, Beeman posted a top throw of 43.92m (144'1") in the javelin to place fourth. The toss beats her previous school record of 41.92m (137'6"), which she set at the season-opening FSU Relays on March 21.
Beeman also earned the America East weekly award following her performance at the meet in Tallahassee.
The junior's award gives the UMBC track and field program nine total weekly honors during the outdoor season. The Retrievers have garnered at least one conference accolade during five of the six weeks of the outdoor schedule.
The Retrievers now prepare for the 2014 America East Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Burlington, Vt. which begin on Saturday, May 3.