Baltimore, Md.—The UMBC track and field team heads up the road to Morgan State for their annual Legacy Meet this weekend. The meet will be held on Friday and Saturday at Hughes Stadium on campus. This is one of the final tune-ups before the America East Championships in two weeks.
WHAT: 2015 Morgan State Legacy Meet
WHERE: Hughes Stadium- Baltimore, Md.
WHEN: Friday, April 17 (Hammer Throw and Decathlon)- Saturday, April 18 (Rest of Meet)
Last Year at the Legacy Meet:
In the women's high jump, junior Alisha Beeman (Bridgeport, Conn./Bunnell/Hartford) finished in fifth after clearing 1.62m (5'4.25").
Sophomore Abigale Slonski (Griswold, Conn./Griswold) turned in a season-best performance in the women's long jump, recording a leap of 5.10m (16'8.75") to place third at Morgan State and move up to eighth in the UMBC record book.
In the shot put, sophomore Nneoma Edokobi (Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery) registered a top throw of 12.40m (40'8.25") on the day to finish tenth. The throw currently ranks as the seventh-best in UMBC program history. Senior Yao Adantor (Laurel, Md./Reservoir/Morgan State/Maryland) placed fifth in the men's competition with a top heave of 16.22m (53'2.75").
Senior Kirsten McGovern (Sykesville, Md./Century) led a trio of Retrievers to top-ten finishes in the women's 5k. McGovern placed second with a time of 8:15.98 with sophomore Angel Bucci (Upper Darby, Pa./Upper Darby) and junior Julie Gessler (Ellicott City, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) just back in sixth and seventh, respectively.
The men also placed three in the top-ten in the 5k as senior Tom Eldridge (Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky River) led the UMBC pack in fourth with a time of 15:43.22. Sophomore Austin Hayslett (Mount Airy, Md./Urbana) and junior Noah Hutton (Bel Air, Md./North Harford/Philadelphia U.) finished sixth and eighth for the Retrievers.
Sophomore D'Nique Phillip (Elkton, Md./North East) advanced to the finals for the 100m dash with a season-best time of 12.45 and then clipped it down to 12.30 to finish 12th.
The Retriever men also had a successful day in the steeplechase event as senior Vinny DiSalvo (Washingtonville, N.Y./Washingtonville) won the event at Morgan State while sophomore Redatu Semeon (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) set a personal-best and senior Brandan McGee (Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood) recorded a season-best time at Princeton. DiSalvo topped the field in Baltimore with a time of 9:33.13, and in New Jersey Semeon improved his America East leading time to 9:07.52 and McGee crossed the line at 9:30.69.
Last Time Out (Mason Spring Inviational):
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.
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.
UMBC will take part in the annual Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa. next weekend. The legendary meet takes place each year, and this year will be held on April 23-25.