State College, Pa.-- The UMBC track and field team kicked off the Penn State National Open on Friday with several Retrievers placing in the top ten of their events.
The women were led by the distance medley team, who shattered the school record finishing in 11:53.55. The quartet of Angelina Oputa, Essence Fredericks, Sarah Daly and Mary Katherine Kulp broke the school record of 12:04.24 set back in 2012-13.
Mercedes Jackson continued her strong senior season with a fifth place finish in the 60m dash with a time of 7.51. The duo of Julie Gessler and Nicole Dawson went fourth and fifth in the 5k. Gessler crossed the tape in 17:44.23, while Dawson finished in 17:56.04
Alisha Beeman took sixth place in the pentathlon for UMBC, scoring a total of 3,170 for the event.
Hassan Omar led the men's attack, turning in a season best IC4A time in the 5k on Friday. Omar crossed the line in a time of 14:37.79. Fellow cross country teammate Jon Luckin moved into eighth on the all-time list with his seventh place finish in the 5k. Luckin finished in 15:06.01 to move pass Adam Driscoll for eighth place.
Daryian Miles moved into a tie for fifth place on the all-time list in the 60m dash with his time of 6.88 in the semis of the race.
The Retrievers will be back at it tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. at Penn State, while other will compete in the Patriot Games at George Mason University tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.