UMBC Opens Outdoor Season with Big Dawg Invitational on Saturday

UMBC Opens Outdoor Season with Big Dawg Invitational on Saturday


Baltimore, Md.—The UMBC track and field team opens up the 2015 outdoor season with the Big Dawg Invitational at UMBC Stadium on Saturday. The meet will feature five other schools, including UMBC beginning at 10:00 a.m.


WHAT: 2015 Big Dawg Invitational

WHERE: UMBC Stadium- Baltimore, Md.

WHEN: Saturday, March 28- Field events start at 10:00 a.m., track events at 10:45 a.m.

WHO: Montgomery College, Mary Washington, Coppin State, Salisbury, Howard CC, UMBC

Last Year at the Big Dawg Invitational:

The day was cut short, however, as the meet was called at 3:10 p.m. due to heavy rains and impending lightning in the Baltimore area.

The UMBC women's 4x100 continued the winning as freshman Mercedes Tillman (Waldorf, Md./North Point), junior Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown), sophomore D'Nique Phillip (Elkton, Md./North East), and junior Briana Young (Bowie, Elizabeth Seton) combined for an ECAC-qualifying time of 47.46.

Jackson later took the top spot in the prelims of the 100m (12.04) and then earned the win in the finals (12.35).  She was not able to compete in the 200m dash due to the weather.  Sophomore Marie Yuille (Bowie, Md./Oakland Mills) took second in the 100m dash.

In the field events, junior Alisha Beeman (Bridgeport, Conn./Bunnell/Hartford) captured the top spot in the high jump for the second straight weekend.  After besting the field last week at the FSU Relays, Beeman cleared 1.60m (5'3") to win in Baltimore.  Senior Mo Drammeh (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) made it a sweep by tying for the top spot in the men's event by clearing 1.90m (6'2.75").

In the men's event, junior Charles Bolinger (Bowie, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) finished second and senior John Rybak (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) took fourth.

The men's relay team then took to the track with sophomore Afees Abolurin (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) working with seniors Dosu Teyibo (Silver Spring, Md./Barrie), Sean Cooper (Waldorf, Md./North Point/Delaware State), and Dennison Long (Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt/FIU) to construct a winning time of 41.89 and meet the IC4A standard.

Junior Thor Serafenas (Olney, Md./Good Counsel/Clemson) also picked up a victory at the home meet, taking top honors in the men's hammer throw with a heave of 54.61m (179'2"), an IC4A-worthy distance.  Senior Ray Stinsman III (Mt. Laurel, N.J./Lenape) took third with a throw of 47.91m (157'2"). 

Last Time Out:

UMBC senior Mercedes Jackson earned ECAC Most Outstanding Performer after winning the 60m dash on Sunday. She is one of several Retrievers to have strong performances at the meet.

Jackson took first in the prelims yesterday, before winning in the finals today of the 60m dash. Jackson crossed the tape in 7.37, the fastest time ever for the meet.

The UMBC distance Medley team of Angelina Oputa, Essence Fredericks, Mary Katherine Kulp and Sophia Cologer took fourth place, with a time of 11:51.18. Paulette Fogle had another strong day, lowering her school record in the 500m to 1:12.78, finishing in second.

The quartet of Mercedes Tillman, Fogle, Kalane Abbey and Funmi Daramola took fourth place, besting their own school mark in the 4x400m relay. The team finished in a time of 3:43.61.

Ozi Edokobi took gold in the shot put with a toss of 15.64m. That mark is second best all-time at UMBC behind former Olympian Cleo Borel.

On the men's side, Daryian Miles led things off with an eighth place finish in the 60m dash. Miles crossed the line in a time of 7.05. The only other men's runners were the 4x800m relay squad of Ty ThronsonCharles BolingerBrandon Berjarano, and Nick Johnson. The foursome finished in ninth with a time of 7:48.05.

Yao Adantor took fourth in the shot put, tossing a 17.10m throw. Isahq Rana placed 18th in the event with a throw of 15.25m. 


UMBC will split up as part of the team will head to the Pepsi Florida Relays hosted by the University of Florida on April 3-4. The other part of the team will be at the Colonial Relays, hosted by William & Mary University.