Baltimore, Md.—The UMBC track and field team heads to College Park to take part in the Terrapin Invitational this Saturday. The Retrievers are coming off solid performances at the Penn State Relays, as they gear up toward the America East Championships.
About the Terrapin Invitational:
WHERE: Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex-Landover, Md.
WHEN: Saturday, January 17, beginning at 9 a.m.
Last Week at the Penn State Relays :
On the women's side, Mercedes Jackson earned the top spot in the 60m dash. Jackson crossed the tape in 7.54. She would follow up her performance with a second place finish in the 200m dash (24.69).
Paulette Fogle took home gold in the 500m dash, finishing in a time of 1:16.08. Julie Gessler earned a top three finish on the distance end. Gessler placed second in the 3000m run with a time of 10:20.94.
Alisha Beeman paced the Retrievers in the field events with a fifth place finish in the high jump. Beeman had her best jump at 1.67m (5-5.75).
Yao Adantor earned a third place finish in the shot put, tossing a 16.58.
Last Year at the Terrapin Invitational:
UMBC junior Alisha Beeman (Bridgeport, Conn./Bunnell/Hartford) cleared a new personal-best of 1.71m (5'0.75") in the high jump to break the UMBC school record as the UMBC track and field team competed at the Terrapin Invitational at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex.
Beeman's jump broke the previous school mark of 1.70m (5'7.25") set byChowan Brightful during the 2011-12 season and qualifies the junior for the ECAC Championships to be held in March. She was just one of multiple Retriever athletes to set new personal-bests on Saturday as much of the men's team competed at the Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Md.
Also in Landover, sophomore Nneoma Edokobi (Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery) set a new personal-best in the weight throw, registering a heave of 15.26m (50'0.75").
Junior Paulette Fogle (Washington, D.C./Bishop McNamara) nudged her personal-best time in the 60m hurdles down to 9.27. Fogle also led a trio of Retrievers in the top-five in the 400m run, taking third with senior Deborah Adelola (Lanham, Md./Bladensburg) and junior Kalane' Abbey (Laurel, Md./Laurel) just behind.
Classmate Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) was once again the star in the 60m dash, cruising to victory with a finals time of 7.57, after leading the pack in the prelims with the same time. Sophomore D'Nique Phillip (Elkton, Md./North East) and senior Kirsten Jones (Brentwood, Tenn./M.L.K. Magnet) also advanced to the finals in the event, placing third and seventh, respectively. Jones also finished second in the 300m dash with a time of 40.79.
Adelola, Jones, and Abbey also combined with junior Briana Young (Bowie, Md./Elizabeth Seton) to best the field in the 4x400 relay, finishing with a time of 3:51.84, under the ECAC standard.
For the men, senior Tom Eldridge (Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky River) took top honors in the 5,000m run with a time of 15:27.51. Classmate Vinny DiSalvo (Washingtonville, N.Y./Washingtonville) was the second across the line (15:34.00), giving UMBC a one-two finish.
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 the Big Apple, New York, N.Y., to take part in the Metro Team Challenge on Jan. 23.