UMBC Heads to the City of Brotherly Love for Penn Relays

UMBC Heads to the City of Brotherly Love for Penn Relays


Baltimore, Md.—The UMBC track and field team heads to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the iconic Penn Relays on April 23-25. The relays will be held at Franklin Field, at the University of Pennsylvania. This will be the final tune-up before the America East Championships.  


WHAT: 121st Penn Relays

WHERE: Franklin Field, University of Pennsylvania- Philadelphia, Pa.

WHEN: Thursday, April 23 - Saturday, April 25

Last Year at the Penn Relays:

In the women's competition, Jackson placed second in heat number three to earn a spot in the event finals.  The junior finished 15th overall with a time of 12.26.

Jackson also competed in the 4x100 ECAC relay, combining with freshman Mercedes Tillman (Waldorf, Md./North Point), sophomore Marie Yuille (Bowie, Md./Oakland Mills), and junior Briana Young (Bowie, Md./Elizabeth Seton) to place seventh with a time of 46.54, matching the team's top time of the season.

The men's 4x100 team of senior Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone), Long, freshman Afees Abolurin (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill), and sophomoreRandolph Patrice (Baltimore, Md./Liberty) constructed a time of 41.95 to finish 34th out of 86 teams.

Proctor also competed for the Retrievers on Friday in the 110m hurdles, finishing eighth out of 25 competitors with a time of 14.03.

The 4x200m relay team of juniors Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) and Briana Young (Bowie, Md./Elizabeth Seton), sophomore Marie Yuille (Bowie, Md./Oakland Mills), and senior Deborah Adelola (Lanham, Md./Bladensburg) made it three Retriever records in two days with a time of 1:37.23.  The team placed fourth in the event and clipped the previous record of 1:37.88 set at last year's Penn Relays.

Senior Dennison Long advanced to the finals of the 100m dash by placing sixth yesterday with a time of 10.59, Long trimmed his time on Saturday down to 10.49 to jump a spot up for a fifth-place finish in the finals.

Classmate Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) competed in the finals of the 110m hurdles on the final day of competition, placing seventh with a time of 14.11.

Last Time Out (Mason Spring Inviational):

The women were led once again by Mercedes Jackson who finished second in the 100m dash. Jackson finished as the second fastest runner in the prelims with a time of 11.85. She turned in a time of 11.58 to take second in the finals.

The quartet of Mercedes Tillman, Mercedes Jackson, Marie Yuille, and D'Nique Phillip took gold in the 4x100m relay, tying the school record with a time of 46.19. Paulette Fogle finished third in the 400m dash in a time of 55.01.

On the distance side, Harmony Roche turned in a fourth place performance in the 5,000m run, crossing the tape in a time of 18:31.84. Tillman, Fogle, Briana Young, and Kalane Abbey took second in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:47.01.

Alisha Beeman took gold in the heptathlon with a score of 3,342 over the seven events. Beeman ranks third on the all-time list with her performance. Ozi Edokobi led the field events, taking second in the shot put with a toss of 13.96m. She then took fourth in the discus with a throw of 41.82m.

The men were led by John Rybak, who turned in an eleventh place finish in the 110m hurdle prelims. Rybak finished with a time of 15.07. He then finished ninth in the 400m hurdles with a time of 53.88. Ty Thronson and Rhys Burgett led the distance runners with a twelfth and eighth place finish in their respective events. Thronson crossed the line in 1:55.69 in the 800m, while Burgett finished in 4:07.08 in the 1,500m.

At the Larry Ellis Inivtational, Sarah Daly ran the second best 1,500m run in school history with a time of 4:30.69. 

Sophia Cologer shattered the school record in the 3,000m steeplechase, finishing with a time of 10:37.89, becoming the first Retriever to go under eleven minutes. The previous best was set by Cologer earlier this year, at 11:00.36.


UMBC will take part in the 2015 America East Championships in Albany, N.Y. The championships will be held May 2-3, as the Retrievers look to improve on their second (men) and fifth (women) place finishes at last year's meet.