Baltimore, Md.—UMBC will head to two separate meets this weekend, the Penn State National Open and the George Mason Patriot Games. Majority of the teams will be in Virginia, while others will head to Happy Valley. This will be the second to last weekend before the teams head to the America East Championships at the end of February.
About the Penn State National Open:
WHERE: The Ashenfelter III Indoor Track, Penn State University- State College, Pa.
WHEN: Friday, January 30-31. Friday begins at 4:00 p.m., with Saturday starting at 11:00 a.m.
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About the Patriot Games:
WHERE: George Mason University Field House- Fairfax, Va.
WHEN: Saturday, January 31, beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Last Week at the Metro Team Challenge :
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.
Last Year at the Penn State National/Patriot Games:
Over the course of the two-day heptathlon, sophomore Vincent Rentzsch (Oranienburg, Germany) finished second with a personal-best score of 4,814 points. The sophomore won the shot put (13.52m; 44'4.25") and placed second in the long jump (6.31m; 20'8.50") on Friday evening and then finished second in both the 60m hurdles (8.68 secs.) and pole vault (4.10m; 13'5.25") on Saturday.
In the 1,000m run, three Retrievers set new personal-bests. Sophomore Nick Johnson (Olney, Md./Sherwood) and junior Charles Bolinger (Bowie, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) each set new bests in the men's race while finishing fourth (2:30.57) and fifth (2:30.83), respectively. For the women, sophomore Angelina Oputa (Bowie, Md./Elizabeth Seton) lowered her top mark down to 3:03.02.
After advancing to the finals in the 60m dash last night, junior Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) captured the top spot in Saturday's 200m dash. Jackson crossed the line with a top season time of 24.50, while senior Kirsten Jones (Brentwood, Tenn./M.L.K Magnet) placed sixth with an ECAC-qualifying time of 24.87. Jones also placed third in the 400m event with a time of 56.44.
In the 500m run, senior Deborah Adelola (Lanham, Md./Bladensburg) posted a new personal-best by clocking in at 1:14.96. Freshman Erick Soetje (Clarksburg, Md.) matched Adelola by recording a personal-best of 1:05.40 in the men's race, a time which ranks eighth in the UMBC record book.
Senior Cody Mezebish (Westminster, Md./South Carroll), who set a new school record in the 1,000m run earlier in the year at Penn State, recorded a new personal top time while placing ninth (2:14.71) in the 800m against a national field.
Both the men's and women's 4x400 relay teams also set season-bests at Penn State. The men's squad of Smith, freshman Darius Oxley (Silver Spring, Md./Blake),Asanke Ekanayake (Clarksburg, Md.), and Soetje combined to place 13th with a time of 3:19.92. The women's squad of Jones and juniors Paulette Fogle (Washington, D.C./Bishop McNamara), Kalane' Abbey (Laurel, Md./Laurel), and Briana Young (Bowie, Md./Elizabeth Seton) paced the field with a time of 3:46.18.
In Northern Virginia, Davis and others followed along the same path in posting career-bests.
In the men's pole vault competition, senior Liam Stott (Carrboro, N.C./Chapel Hill) equaled his career-best by clearing 4.45m (14'7.25"), finishing tied for second overall.
Freshman Mercedes Tillman (Waldorf, Md./North Point) broke the one-minute mark in the 400m dash with a personal-best of 59.49. In the 500m run, classmate Marie Yuille (Bowie, Md.) placed fourth by crossing the line at 1:19.20.
Sophomore Ehab Abutaleb (Silver Spring, Md.) advanced to the finals in both the 60m dash and the 60m hurdles. Senior Sean Cooper (Waldorf, Md./North Point/Delaware State) and freshman Tyler Ford (White Plains, N.Y./White Plains) also reached the finals in the 60m dash.
Up Next for the Retrievers:
The Retrievers will end the regular season portion of the indoor season with yet another meet at Penn State on Feb. 6-7. The Sykes & Sabock Challenge will commence from State College on Friday, February 6 and 10:00 a.m.