Baltimore, Md.—The UMBC track and field teams will split up and head to the Pepsi Florida Relays and Colonial Relays this Friday and Saturday. The teams are coming off strong performances at the Big Dawg Invitational this past weekend.
Florida Relays Meet Info:
WHAT: 2015 Pepsi Florida Relays
WHERE: James G. Pressley Stadium at Percy Beard Track- Gainsville, Fla.
WHEN: Friday, April 3- Saturday, April 4
Colonial Relays Meet Info:
WHAT: 50th Annual Colonial Relays
WHERE: Zable Stadium- Williamsburg, Va. (William & Mary College)
WHEN: Friday, April 3- Saturday, April 4
Last Year at the Florida Relays/Colonial Relays:
Senior Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) reset his own school record in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.05 at the Pepsi Florida Relays, Friday at the University of Florida's Percy Beard Track at James G. Pressly Stadium.
Sophomore Vincent Rentzsch (Oranienburg, Germany/Elite Sportschule Potsdam) earned a top-ten finish in the javelin, placing sixth with a top heave of 63.38m (207'11"). Renztsch is also looking to get back to the national meet after traveling to Oregon a year ago. Junior Alisha Beeman (Bridgeport, Conn./Bunnell/Hartford) placed 21st in the women's event with a toss of 39.66m (130'1").
Junior Paulette Fogle (Washington, D.C./Bishop McNamara) recorded a season-best time of 1:01.59 in the 400m hurdles to meet the ECAC Championships standard.
The women's 4x100m relay team nearly broke the school record and clipped its season-best time by nearly one second. Sophomore D'Nique Phillip (Elkton, Md./North East), junior Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown), freshman Mercedes Tillman (Waldorf, Md./North Point), and junior Briana Young (Bowie, Md./Elizabeth Seton) finished with a time of 46.76, meeting the ECAC standard and just .29 behind the record of 46.47 set in 2012.
In Williamsburg, the men's team of senior Andrew Smith (Chadds Ford, Pa./Garnet Valley), sophomore Nick Johnson (Olney, Md./Sherwood), junior Charles Bolinger(Bowie, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt), and senior Jake Albino (Hampton, N.Y./Minisink Valley) constructed a time of 7:36.97, which trailed only the Virginia Tech foursome (7:30.66). The team's time meets the IC4A standard and is just a second behind the UMBC school record of 7:35.96.
Meanwhile, the women's team of senior Cody Mezebish (Westminster, Md./South Carroll), junior Mary Katherine Kulp (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal), sophomore Essence Fredericks (Baltimore, Md./Carver Center), and junior Sarah Daly (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) combined for an ECAC-worthy time of 9:13.69.
In the 400m hurdles, juniors Charles Bolinger (Bowie, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) and Mary Katherine Kulp (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) each set new career-bests. Bolinger placed 13th with a time of 55.96, just outside of the men's top-time list, while Kulp improved her career-best to 1:02.87 which sits third all-time.
Senior Jake Albino (Hampton, N.Y./Minisink Valley) set a season-best time of 14:52.28 in the seeded 5,000m run while junior Eric Schuler (Columbia, Md./Reservoir) and freshman Jon Luckin (Parkton, Md./Hereford) placed second (15:13.03) and fifth (15:16.93), respectively.
Last Time Out:
UMBC's Chelsea Vane takes first with a time of 11:45.00, followed by Hannah Aris coming in second with a time of 11:50.00. More success for the Retrievers continues with the men and women's 1500m run. Sophomores Sophia Cologer and Katie Govatos take first and second, followed by senior Julie Gessler in third. Later, Alisha Beeman leaps into second place in High Jump with a 1.60m hop. However, returning to the track, UMBC sweeps the 4x100 meter relay.
Back on the field, Junior Justin Glaze finishes in second place with a jump of 6.39m. Junior Omar Hassan continues his stunning career here at UMBC with another first place 1500m run with a time of 3:55.00. Followed by teammates Eric Schuler and Jonathan Luckin taking second and third. The squad of Afees Abolurin, James Oakley III, Gideon Ampofo-Williams, and Dariyan Miles finish first with a time of 42.70 seconds. At this point, both UMBC men and women's teams lead the pack in the meet.
Moving out to the field, UMBC continues the day's success taking first and third place in women's Hammer Throw. Junior Jennifer Nelson throws a 42.90m throw for first place, and Junior Nneoma Edokobi throws a 39.71m throw for third. Junior, Caitlyn Davis vaults into third place with a 2.70m rise.
Continuing on the field, Freshman Valerie Johnson places first in women's long jump with a 5.30m leap. Back to the track, the Retrievers find success in the women's 400m hurdles with Madeline Entwistle running a 1:06.28 to gain second place.
UMBC Women raced passed the competition in the 200m dash, with Mercedes Jackson leading the way. She ran a 25.31 race to take first, followed by teammates D'Nique Phillp and Funmi Daramola taking second and third. Also, Senior, Blossom Metevier took first in Javelin with a throw of 32.45m.
UMBC will head to George Mason for a meet with the Patriots on Saturday, April 11. The meet in Fairfax, Va. will begin at 10:00 a.m.