The Retrievers Head Back to Penn State for Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup

The Retrievers Head Back to Penn State for Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup

Sykes & Sabock Meet Info | Updated Track and Field Records

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:

Day One:

The women were led by the distance medley team, who shattered the school record finishing in 11:53.55. The quartet of Angelina OputaEssence FredericksSarah 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. 

Day Two:

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.