Baltimore, Md.—UMBC track and field returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 16 at the Great Dane Classic, hosted by UAlbany. The team is coming off a strong performance at the Penn State Relays last weekend, and will get a preview of the America East Championship track this weekend.
What: 2016 Great Dane Classic, hosted by UAlbany
Where: Ocean Breeze Park – Staten Island, N.Y.
When: Saturday, Jan. 16 – 10 a.m.
Social Media: @umbcxctf, @americaeast, #GritAndGlory, #AETF
Last Time Out:
Several Retrievers earned top ten finishes, including Daryian Miles earning an IC4A qualifying mark in the lid-lifter.
Miles placed sixth in the 60m dash, crossing the tape in a time of 6.92, earning him a spot in the IC4A Championships later this winter. Miles earned a spot in the finals after finishing seventh in the prelims, going 6.98.
Hassan Omar kicked off the indoor campaign by running the fifth best time in school history in the mile, clocking in at 4:10.97, good for fifth place. In other distance events, Erick Soetje placed ninth in the 500m dash, crossing the finish line in a time of 1:05.54. Brandon Bejarano and Rami Phillips placed five-six in the 1,000m run with times of 2:33.28 and 2:34.38 respectively.
On the women's side, a handful of Retrievers earned top ten finishes, led by the distance runners. Sophia Cologer earned an eighth place finish in the mile run, clocking in at 5:10.30. Essence Fredericks finished the 500m dash in a time of 1:16.19, good for fifth place. Elise Allen rounded out the distance top ten finishers, taking home seventh in the 1,000m run (3:08.36).
In sprints, rookie Erin Patrice earned a spot in the 60m dash finals after placing sixth in the prelims. In the final heat, Patrice took home fourth, clocking in at 7.72.
In the field, a trio of Retrievers led the way including Jennifer Nelson, Jean Udo and Abigale Slonski. Nelson placed eighth in the weighted throw with a toss of 15.38m. Udo and Slonski took fourth and fifth respectively in the triple jump, with their best jumps of 11.26m and 11.10m.
The Retrievers will return to the track at the NYC Gotham Cup next Friday, Jan. 22. The meet will be held at The Armory Track and is slated to begin at 10 a.m.