Baltimore, Md.—UMBC track and field will head to Boston University for the 2015 ECAC/IC4A Championships. The Retrievers are coming off a second place (women) and fifth place (men) finish at the America East Championships two weeks ago.
WHAT: 2015 ECAC/IC4A Championships
WHERE: Boston University Track and Tennis Center- Boston, Mass.
WHEN: Friday, Mar. 6- Sunday Mar. 8
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Last Year at the Championships:
Competing against a regional field, all three athletes continued to rewrite program history. Already the school record holder in the 1,000m event, Albino took hold of his second UMBC record on Saturday. Albino entered the weekend with the fourth-fastest mile time in school history (4:08.97), but took over the top spot by edging past Izudin Mehmedovic's mark of 4:08.84 with a time of 4:08.12. He placed second in his heat and now advances to tomorrow's final.
Mezebish made her last indoor meet memorable by clipping her own school record in the 800m run. The senior, who claimed the school record at the America East Championships (2:12.44), trimmed her time further in Boston by clocking in at 2:11.81.
Omar, meanwhile, broke the school record in the 5,000m run for the second time this year. Having broken the 33-yeard old record back in early February at the Armory Collegiate Invitational (14:32.71), the sophomore lowered his best time by over two seconds in Boston, placing ninth with a new program-best time of 14:30.02.
In the women's 500m run, sophomore Marie Yuille (Bowie, Md./Oakland Mills) and senior Deborah Adelola (Lanham, Md./Bladensburg) both set new personal-bests. Yuille advances tomorrows finals after posting a time 1:14.04, the sixth-fastest of the day, while Adelola just missed out in 13th at 1:14.71.
Junior Charles Bolinger (Bowie, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) nearly equaled his personal-best in the 800m run, finishing 27th with a time of 1:54.40.
The UMBC track and field team wrapped up competition at the 2014 ECAC/IC4A Championships as senior Jake Albino (Hampton, N.Y./Minisink Valley) and sophomore Marie Yuille (Bowie, Md./Oakland Mills) competed in event finals, Sunday at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center.
A day after breaking the UMBC school record in the prelims of the one-mile race with a time of 4:08.12, Albino placed ninth in the event finals. Racing against regional field, the senior concluded his indoor career by crossing the finish line at 4:12.20.
Yuille also set a personal-best on Saturday to advance to Sunday's finals. The sophomore ran the sixth-fastest time of the day (1:14.04) in the prelims and then finished seventh in the finals with a time of 1:14.45.
Last Time Out:
The Retriever women came close to the top, but fell just short, as Albany took both the men's and women's championships at The Armory. The UMBC men finished in fifth place at the meet.
The women were led by Mercedes Jackson who took gold in the 60m dash and 200m dash. Jackson won her fourth straight 60m dash title with a time of 7.39. She followed that up with a new school, and AE record in the 200m dash with a time of 23.81.
Mercedes Tillman and Funmi Daramola went three-four in the 400m finals. Tillman crossed the tape in 57.41, while Daramola went 57.80. Paulette Fogle ran a new school best in the 500m, with a time of 1:13.32, good for gold in the event. Essence Fredericks finished just behind her in 1:14.44.
More school records fell, as Mary Katherine Kulp broke the school mark with a third place finish in a time of 2:11.57. The mark also qualifies Kulp for ECAC competition. Sarah Daly finished third in the mile run, placing herself on top of the school record books in the event with a run of 4:54.99.
The 4x400m and 4x800m relay teams both took second for the Retrievers. The quartet of Fogle, Kalane' Abbey, Jackson, and Daramola finished in a time of 3:49.58 in the 4x400. The 4x800 team of Kulp, Fredericks, Angelina Oputa, and Daly finished in 9:17.66 to take silver.
Freshman Ozi Edokobi took gold in the shot put, tossing a throw of 14.75m (48-04.75) to win the competition. Her sister, Nneoma Edokobi took third with a throw of 13.76m (45-01.75). Alisha Beeman won bronze in the high jump with a jump of 1.65m.
The men were led by Hassan Omar who won his second event of the competition. Omar won the 5k yesterday, and took the 3k this afternoon. Hassan took the event in a time of 8:26. Daryian Miles took gold in the 60m dash, finishing in a time of 6.932, just 0.006 ahead of Robert Harris III of Albany.
Niko Coaxum was a fourth place finisher in the 400m final with a time of 50.20. Purcell Freeman also took fourth in the 60m hurdles, crossing the tape in a time of 8.41.
The 4x400m and 4x800m relays took third on Saturday. Darrius Oxley, Coaxum, John Oputa, and James Oakley III finished the 4x400 in a time of 3:22; while Ty Thronson, Charles Bolinger, Brandon Bejarano, and Nick Johnson finished in a time of 7:49.38 in the 4x800 race.
Yao Adantor continued his strong success in the shot put this year, winning the competition with a toss of 17.05m. Teammate Isahq Rana finished in second with a toss of 16.07m.
Mercedes Jackson won both the Most Outstanding Track Performer and Co-Coaches Award this weekend. The Coaches Award is awarded to the student-athlete with the most points in the meet. Jackson shared the award with Keishorea Armstrong of Binghamton, scoring 22 points.
Coach David Bobb and his staff earned Women's Co-Coaching Staff of the Year, sharing the award with Albany.
The teams will open up the outdoor portion of the schedule, by competing at the UMBC Big Dawg Invitational on March 28. The meet will be held on campus at UMBC Stadium.