Fairfax, Va.—The UMBC track and field teams returned to action at the Mason Spring Invitational on Saturday. The Retrievers had a strong showing at the event, as they gear up toward the America East Championships.
On the women's side, Mercedes Jackson once again led the charge, finishing second in both the 100m and 200m dash. Jackson ran an 11.72 in the prelims before putting up a time of 11.56 in the finals. In the 200m, Mercedes ran a 24.17, just 0.10 seconds off the lead.
Sophia Cologer and Julie Gessler finished five and six in the 5,000m run, with Cologer crossing the tape in 17:29.48 and Gessler in 17:36.80. Paulette Fogle earned a second place finish in the 400m hurdles. Fogle finished the event in a time of 1:00.30, good enough to qualify for ECAC's.
In the field, Ozi and Nneoma Edokobi had solid showings in the shot put. Ozi finished second with and ECAC qualifying mark of 13.70m. Nneoma went fifth with a toss of 13.41m.
The men saw Daryian Miles and Afees Abolurin finish seventh and eighth in the 100m dash with times of 10.87 and 11.04 respectively.
Jon Luckin finished second place in the 5,000m run, crossing the tape in a time of 14:37.66.
Yao Adantor and Vincent Rentzsch led the men in the field events, as Adantor placed third in the shot put (16.34m) and Rentzsch winning the javelin (70.36m). Each earned spots in the IC4A meet later this spring.
The Retrievers will head back to the track this Saturday, April 18 at the Morgan State Legacy Meet.