Baltimore, Md.—The UMBC track and field team heads to Northern Virginia for the 2015 Mason Spring Invitational this Saturday. The teams are coming off strong performances at the Pepsi Florida and Colonial Relays this past weekend.
WHAT: 2015 Mason Spring Invitational
WHERE: George Mason Stadium- Fairfax, Va.
WHEN: Saturday, April 11- Field events start at 10:00 a.m., track events at 12:00 p.m.
Last Year at the Mason Spring Invitational:
The Retriever men won the team competition by scoring 92 points, ahead of Navy (78.75 pts.) and Penn (77 pts.). The women placed eighth in the team standings with 36 points.
Proctor, who grabbed the school record in the hurdle event at last year's meet at George Mason, bettered his career-best for the second consecutive weekend. Last week, the senior clipped his school-best time from 14.12 down to 14.05 at the Pepsi Florida Relays, but went even faster in Fairfax, winning the event with a time of 13.88.
Mezebish and Smith, who own the school records in the indoor 800m runs, took hold of the outdoor records at George Mason. An NCAA participant in the indoor event back in March, Smith claimed the outdoor record on Saturday by finishing sixth with a time of 1:50.05, which meets the IC4A standard and breaks Michael Christmas' mark of 1:50.67 set in 2011. Mezebish, meanwhile, captured the women's mark and qualified for the ECAC Championships by placing 12th with a time of 2:10.68, besting Ohita Asein's time of 2:11.34 set in 2003.
In the women's sprints, junior Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) advanced to the finals in both short races, placing fifth in the 100m and third in the 200m. Jackson was just off of her season-best time in the 100m (11.73), but set a season-best in the 200m (23.96) finals.
Senior Deborah Adelola (Lanham, Md./Bladensburg) and sophomore Marie Yuille (Bowie, Md./Oakland Mills) each set a season-best in the 400m dash. Adelola finished tenth with a time of 56.63 while Yuille placed 14th with a time of 56.94.
Sophomore Vincent Rentzsch (Oranienburg, Germany/Elite Sportschule Potsdam) won the javelin for the third time this spring, recording a top toss of 64.21m (210'8") at George Mason. In the women's event, freshman Abigale Slonski (Griswold, Conn./Griswold) claimed a spot in the UMBC top-10 with a heave of 31.63m (103'9"). School record holder Alisha Beeman (Bridgeport, Conn./Bunnell/Hartford) finished four spots ahead of her teammate in sixth with a throw of 40.95m (134'4").
Last Time Out (Florida/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 3:24.40. 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.
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.