Essence Fredericks
Essence Fredericks
Height: 5-8
Year: Junior
Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
High School: Carver Center
Position: Distance

2015 Outdoor: Competed in the 400m hurdles primarily for the Retrievers during the spring... Set her season best time of 1:01.55 at the America East Championships, finishing fifth in the finals.

2014-15 Indoor: Competed in the 500m dash and 800m run during the indoor season for the Retrievers... Advanced to the finals of the 500m dash at the America East Championships, where she placed second with a time of 1:14.44... Recorded her best time in the 800m at the Sykes & Sabock Challenge, crossing the tape in a time of 2:16.12.

2014 Outdoor: Finished 13th in the 800m run at the 2014 America East Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Vermont… Clocked a season-best time in the event of 2:20.35 at the crosstown Morgan State Legacy Meet… Named to the America East Honor Roll.

2013-14 Indoor: Placed 11th in the 800m run at the 2014 America East Indoor Track and Field Championships… Recorded a season-best 800m time of 2:24.51 at the conference meet in New York… Also competed in the 500m run during the winter season, recording a season-best time of 1:18.49 at the Armory Collegiate Invitational.

2013 Outdoor: Competed in the 800m run for the Retrievers, posting a season-best time of 2:25.16 at the George Mason Invitational… Also raced for UMBC at the Big Dawg Invitational and Morgan State Legacy Meet... Named to the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll.

2012-13 Indoor: Ran the second leg for the distance medley team which set a new school record time of 12:04.24 at the ECAC Championships… Competed in the 200m, 400m, 500m, and 800m events during her freshman year with the Retrievers… Recorded her top 500m time of the season, 1:21.22, during a seventh-place finish at the Bison Opener… Top 800m time (2:26.96) came at the Gotham Cup in New York.

Background: Named the team MVP in each of her four seasons at Carver and was named the Female Athlete of the Year as a senior in 2012... Finished fourth at the state meet in the 400m and 800m in 2012... Ran a personal-record 2:21.00 while finishing fourth at the Maryland State Championships as a junior... A member of the National Honor Society at Carver and listed on the school's honor rol each year.

Personal: Daughter of Walter Fredericks and Kere Boyd... Has one younger brother, Cedrick, Jr... Plans to major in financial economics... Born Jan. 12, 1994.