Albany, N.Y.—The UMBC track and field team concluded the America East Championships on Sunday in Albany. Both the men and the women finished in second place, their best finishes at the meet in program history.
Numerous records were shattered on Sunday in Albany. Mercedes Jackson had a pair of them, recording not only the school mark but the America East and facility record in the 100m and 200m dashes, en route to first place finishes. Jackson recorded time of 11.36 and 23.55 in the 100 and 200 respectively. Mercedes Tillman took over a school record in the 400m dash, finishing second in a time of 54.58. Paulette Fogle bested the school mark in the 400m hurdles, with a time of 59.13.
On the men's side, Yao Adantor crushed the school record in the shot put with a toss of 17.41m. He now owns both the indoor and outdoor marks in that event.
On the women's side, Sarah Daly took silver in the 1,500m run, putting up a time of 4:30.94. The 4x100 relay team of Tillman, Jackson, Marie Yuille, and D'Nique Phillip took second place in a time of 46.50. Tillman then teamed up with Fogle, Briana Young and Kalane Abbey to take gold in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:42.40, setting a facility record in the process.
In the field, the Edokobi sisters, Ozi and Nneoma took second and third in the shot put. Ozi finished with a throw of 14.52m to take silver, while Nneoma threw a 13.94m throw to take bronze.
The men were led once again on the track by Hassan Omar, who won the 5,000m run with a time of 14:40.90. Daryian Miles took silver in the 100m dash, finishing in 10.75 just .03 seconds behind the winner from Albany.
The 4x100m relay team of Afees Abolurin, James Oakley, Gideon Ampofo-Williams, and Miles took gold with a time of 41.54.
Both teams took second with scores of 126 for the men and 169 for the women. Mercedes Jackson and Hassan Omar each took home Most Outstanding Track Performer of the Meet, with Daryian Miles taking home the Men's Elite 18 Award.
Several Retrievers will head to the ECAC/IC4A meet next weekend in Princeton, N.J. with the hopes of qualifying for NCAA Preliminary competition.