Baltimore, Md.—UMBC track and field will head to New Jersey for the ECAC/IC4A Championships this weekend. Mercedes Jackson and Hassan Omar took home Most Outstanding Track Performers at the America East Championships two weeks back. Junior Daryian Miles won the Elite 18 Award at the meet, as the Retriever men and women finished in second place, their best finish in program history.
WHAT: 2015 ECAC/IC4A Championships
WHEN: Friday, May 15-Sunday, May 17
WHERE: Weaver Track and Field Stadium- Princeton University- Princeton, N.J.
WHO: 62 schools will compete in the IC4A (men) meet, 66 schools will compete in the ECAC (women)
SOCIAL MEDIA: @umbcxctf, @UMBCAthletics, #UMBCgrit, #AETF, #AEChamps
Last Time Out (America East Championships):
Junior Hassan Omar (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) and senior Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) were named Most Outstanding Track Performers at the meet, leading both the men's and women's teams to second place finishes. The second place finishes were the best in program history. Junior Daryian Miles (Teaneck, N.J./Teaneck/St. Francis U) won the Elite 18 award at the meet as well.
Day One: A trio of Retrievers earned America East gold on Saturday. Hassan Omar, Vincent Rentzsch and Alisha Beeman all took gold in their respective events. Omar won a very tactical 10,000m run, finishing in a time of 31:36.82. Rentzsch continued his strong spring in the javelin, tossing a 70.14m, a full 10m ahead of second place. Beeman rounded out the trio of winners with a jump of 1.70m in the high jump.
On the women's side, Mercedes Jackson earned the top spot in both the 100m and 200m dash qualifying. Jackson ran an 11.67 in the 100m, and a 23.80 in the 200m to place first heading to the finals tomorrow. Mercedes Tillman ran a 12.02 to qualify for the finals of the 100m. Tillman also took first place in the 400m qualifying with a time of 54.90, setting a new school record in the process. Kalane Abbey also qualified for the event, crossing the tape in a time of 56.77.
Day Two: 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.
Last Year at ECAC/IC4A Championships:
Day One: Sophomore Redatu Semeon (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) started UMBC's participation in the championship meets by running in the men's 3,000m steeplechase. Semeon placed third in section one, and 14th overall, with a time of 9:07.91, less than a half-of-second behind his career-best of 9:07.52 which ranks fourth in the UMBC record book.
For the women, sophomore Nicole Dawson (Jessup, Md./Hammond) and senior Kirsten McGovern (Sykesville, Md./Century) competed in the 10,000m run. Dawson finished 20th with a time of 37:49.99 while McGovern was two spots back in 22nd with a time of 38:09.98.
Sophomore Hassan Omar (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) completed the Retrievers' action for the night by racing in the men's 5k. Omar ran in the second of the two sections and finished 25th overall out of 34 athletes with a time of 14:45.45.
Day Two: UMBC senior Andrew Smith (Chadds Ford, Pa./Garnet Valley) paced the preliminary field and broke the program record in the 800m run for the third time this outdoor season as the Retriever men's track and field team competed on the second day of the IC4A Championships, Saturday at William Weaver Track and Field Stadium.
Smith, who became the sixth athlete in program history to reach the NCAA Championships when he competed at the national indoor meet in March, led the runners not only in heat three of four, but the entire field in the 800m event. The senior crossed the line with a time of 1:48.72, close to a second ahead of the next-best finisher, Columbia's Brendon Fish (1:49.44), as well as his previous UMBC record (1:49.64). He now leads the field into Sunday's finals.
Classmate Jake Albino (Hampton, N.Y./Minisink Valley) also moved on, coming close to besting his own school record in the 1,500m event. The senior placed ninth in the race with a time of 3:48.59, just a touch behind his program-leading time of 3:48.59 set last year.
Day Three: Already the school record holder in the indoor high jump, as well as the pentathlon and javelin, Beeman claimed her fourth program record on Sunday. The junior cleared 1.72m (5'7.75") to finish sixth in the competition and best the previous top UMBC mark of 1.70m (5'7") set in 2012 by Chowan Brightful. Beeman ranked second in school history coming into the meet with her height of 1.68m (5'6") from the FSU Relays, as well as the Penn Relays.