Baltimore, Md.—The 2014-15 indoor track and field season will open up at the Bison Opener, hosted by Bucknell University this weekend. UMBC will look to improve upon their fifth place finishes on both the men's and women's sides.
About the Bison Opener:
WHERE: Bucknell University- Lewisburg, Pa.
WHEN: Saturday, December 6 beginning at 9:30 a.m.
WHO: UMBC, St. Francis U, Kutztown, Lock Haven, McDaniel, Shippensburg, Bloomsburg, Susquehanna, Penn State Track and Field Club.
Last Year at the Opener:
For the men, sophomore Randolph Patrice (Baltimore, Md.) set a personal-best in the finals of 60m dash, placing third with a time of 6.98. The time is the tenth-best in program history and meets the standard for the IC4A meet to be held in Boston in early March.
In the high jump, senior Mo Drammeh (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) recorded his best leap since his sophomore year as he cleared 2.01m (6'7.00") to finish second in the competition.
For the women, junior Alisha Beeman (Bridgeport, Conn./Bunnell/Hartford) earned a second-place finish in the high jump competition. Beeman cleared 1.65m (5'5.00") to jump up to fourth in the UMBC record book. She also finished seventh in the long jump as freshman Abigale Slonski (Griswold, Conn./Griswold) placed two spots ahead with a leap of 5.13m (16'10.75"), moving to seventh all-time.
Freshman Cindy Alms (Fulton, Md./Reservoir) got the day going for UMBC by winning 3,000m run in her first collegiate meet with a time of 10:58.37. ClassmateKatelyn Callaghan (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East) finished two spots back in third by finishing in 11:19.64.
Junior Mary Katherine Kulp (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) started her indoor season with a personal-best time of 5:14.07 in the mile to jump to eighth all-time in UMBC history.
Quick Hits on Last Season:
During the indoor season, UMBC athletes broke nine school records, including seven distance running records.
Junior field athlete Alisha Beeman took hold of both the high jump and pentathlon records, breaking both for a second time during the year at the America East Championships in New York.
For the men, senior Jake Albino broke both the 1,000m and one-mile run records while sophomore
Hassan Omar claimed the 3,000m and 5,000m school records.
At the America East Championships, both the men and women finished in fifth place. Junior Mercedes Jackson swept the 60m and 200m dash events for the second straight year and was once again named the America East Most Outstanding Female Track Athlete.
Smith defended his title in the 800m run, and then lowered his school record time further at the BU Last Chance Meet to earn a spot at the national championships in New Mexico where he received Second Team All-America honors.
Up Next for the Retrievers:
Following the meet at Bucknell, the Retrievers will compete in the Penn State Relays on January 10. The meet in Happy Valley begins at 10:00 a.m.