Baltimore, Md.—The UMBC track and field team will head to Happy Valley to take part in the Penn State Relays on Saturday. The Retrievers will be a part of the 16 team field at the Ashenfelter III Indoor Track on the campus of Penn State University.
About the Penn State Relays:
WHERE: Penn State University- State College, Pa.
WHEN: Saturday, January 10, beginning at 10 a.m.
WHO: UMBC, Bucknell, Central Park Track Club, Lebanon Valley, LIU Brooklyn, Lock Haven, Maryland, Norfolk State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Princeton, Robert Morris, St. Francis, St. Joseph's, St. Peter's, West Virginia.
Last Year at the Opener:
For the men, Senior Andrew Smith (Chadds Ford, Pa./Garnet Valley) placed second in the mile with the seventh-best time in school history (4:17.18). Sophomore Hassan Omar(Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) earned a second-place finish in the 3,000m run with a time of 8:30.71, the sixth-fastest in program history. Senior Jake Albino (Hampton, N.Y./Minisink Valley), meanwhile, finished just back in fourth with a time of 8:37.63.
On the women's side, senior distance runner Cody Mezebish (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) broke the school record in the 1,000m run and junior Sarah Daly (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) and sophomore Angelina Oputa (Bowie, Md./Elizabeth Seton) also broke into the top-ten as the UMBC track and field team opened 2014 at the Penn State Relays.
Daly and Oputa also registered career-bests in the event with Daly's time of 2:59.14 sending her to third and Oputa's mark of 3:04.04 moving her up to eighth.
After skipping the season-opening Bison Opener back in December, Mercedes Jackson made her season debut by placing second in the 60m dash. Her finals time of 7.48 meets the standard for the ECAC meet while she also qualified in the 200m after finishing third in a time of 24.78.
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:
UMBC will head to Landover, Md. next Saturday, January 17, when they take part in the Terrapin Invitational. The meet will begin at 10 a.m.