The UMBC track and field teams split up this weekend, with part of the team in Gainesville, Fla. at the Pepsi Florida Relays, while others are at the Colonial Relays.
In Florida, Thor Serafenas picked up a big win in the hammer throw on Friday night. His throw of 57.63m was good for first in the 11 man field, and qualify his for IC4A's later this spring.
Mercedes Jackson took 13th in the 100m dash in the Sunshine State, crossing the tape in a time of 11.58. The quartet of Mercedes Tillman, Paulette Fogle, Briana Young, and Kalane Abbey set a new school record in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:42.40. The time placed them twelfth in the field. Fogle took 35th in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:01.18.
In the field, Vincent Rentzsch took second in the javelin, throwing a 70.82m. The toss was just off his school record mark, but was good enough to get him into NCAA prelim contention later this year. Alisha Beeman finished in 21st on the women's side of the javelin competition, throwing a 34.97m.
The Colonial Relays saw a slew of Retriever success. Katelyn Callaghan (37:24.46), Harmony Roche (37:30.47), and Kirsten McGovern (38:10.99) went seven, eight, nine in the 10,000m run with Callaghan and Roche earning spots in the ECAC meet in May. Sophia Cologer broke her own school record in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 11:00.36.
On the men's side, Jon Luckin turned in a 27th place performance with a time of 14:55.46. Rhys Burgett and Patrick Duboyce finished 17 and 21 in the 5,000m run with times of 15:47.46 and 15:55.88 respectively.
Hassan Omar finished third in the 10,000m run, crossing the line with a time of 31:10.81. Fellow Retriever Eric Schuler finished in sixth place in 31:41.72.
Both teams will conclude each meet today April 4, with both starting at 10:00 a.m.