New York, N.Y.—The UMBC track and field teams had a stellar showing at the Metro Team Challenge on Friday. Several Retrievers placed in the top five of their respective events.
The women got things kicked off with another set of strong performances from Mercedes Jackson. Jackson earned two second place finishes in the first two events of the day. She finished with a silver in the 60m dash in a time of 7.49, and the 200m dash in 24.46.
Mary Katherine Kulp turned in the sixth best time in school history in the 800m. Kulp finished in eighth place with a time of 2:17.30. Not to be outdone was senior Sarah Daly. Daly earned a spot in the ECAC/IC4A meet with a third place finish in the mile. Sarah crossed the tape in 4:58.73. The Retriever 4x400m relay team took third to round out the track events. The quartet of Kalane' Abbey, Mercedes Tillman, Funmi Daramola and Marie Yuille took third with a time of 3:49.85.
Alisha Beeman continued her strong field season thus far, with a second place finish in the high jump (1.65m). Nneoma Edokobi took second in the shot put with a toss of 12.27m, and fellow teammate Heather Calandra finished in fourth with a throw of 11.96m.
Dariyan Miles kicked things off for the men with a fifth place finish in the 60m dash. Miles crossed the tape in 6.96. Eric Schuler worked his way into the record books, running the ninth best time in the mile. Schuler finished the event in third place with a time of 4:18.18.
A trio of Retrievers finished one, two, three in the 3000m race. Hassan Omar won the event with a time of 8:27.99. Jon Luckin and Rhys Burgett took second and third respectively with times of 8:38.26 and 8:47.29.
Yao Adantor had another successful day in the shot put, finishing in second place with a toss of 16.43m.
The Retrievers will be in action next weekend at the Penn State National Open on January 30-31. Other Retrievers will be at the Patriot Games on Jan. 31.