Baltimore, Md.—UMBC will head to State College, Pa. for the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup as the final tune up before the America East Championships. This will be the third time this winter the Retrievers will be at a meet hosted by Penn State.
About the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup:
WHERE: The Ashenfelter III Indoor Track, Penn State University- State College, Pa.
WHEN: Friday, February 6-7. Friday begins at 4:00 p.m., with Saturday starting at 11:00 a.m.
TEAMS COMPETING: Appalachian State, Binghamton, Buffalo, Cornell, James Madison, Liberty, Penn, Penn State, Princeton, South Florida, UCONN, UMBC and William & Mary
SOCIAL MEDIA: #UMBCgrit, #TogetherWeCan
Last Week at the Penn State Open:
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 teammateJon 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 men were led by Adantor at Penn State, who tossed yet another school record in the shot put. Yao landed a career and school best throw of 17.16m, breaking the previous best of 16.98m.
Nick Johnson led the charge on the track, placing fifth in the 1000 with a time of 2:29.88.
Essence Fredericks paced the women at Penn State, winning the 500 in 1:15.16. Paulette Fogle took second in the 500 invite race, crossing the tape in 1:14.68. Mary Katherine Kulp, Angelina Oputa and Julie Gessler had top finishes for the Retrievers. Kulp placed sixth in the 800m (2:16.94), Oputa finished third in the 1000 (2:59.81), while Gessler took fourth in the 5k with a time of 17:44.23. Mercedes Jackson finished her strong weekend with a season best time in the 200m. Mercedes placed fifth with a time of 24.19.
Last Week at the Patriot Games:
At George Mason, the men were led by Darius Oxley, who place fourth in the 500m. Oxley crossed the tape in a time of 1:06.83. Other notable men's finishers wereCharles Bolinger in the 1000 (fifth, 2:35.99) and Luke Kessler in the 5k (seventh, 16:02.29).
For the women, Marie Yuille led the Retrievers with a second place finish in the 500m. Marie crossed the line in a time of 1:19.30. Sophia Cologer and Chelsea Vane were other notable UMBC finishers. Cologer placed seventh in the 3000 with a time of 10:27.84, while Vane finished third in the 5k in 18:28.51.
Up Next for the Retrievers:
The Retrievers will travel to the America East Championships on Feb. 20-21. This year's championships will be held at the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory.