Baltimore, Md.—UMBC track and field will once again head to Penn State for the annual Sykes & Sabock Challenge. Last week, the Retrievers got a bevy of top finishes, with Jean Udo setting a new school record in the triple jump.
What: Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup
Where: Ashenfelter III Indoor Track – State College, Pa.
When: Friday, Feb. 5 (1:30 p.m.) and Saturday, Feb. 6 (11 a.m.)
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Last Time Out (Penn State National Open, Terrapin Invitational):
Senior Hassan Omar led the pack with a fourth place finish in the 5,000m run. Omar took third with a time of 14:34.28, the best finish of any Retriever on the day. A triad of Retrievers took to the heptathlon, as Christian Kallenberg took first in the shot put portion with his best toss of 14.20m. Kallenberg out-threw Vincent Rentzsch, who finished with a toss of 13.91m.
On the women's side, Sophia Cologer paced the Retrievers with a 14th place finish in the 5,000m run. The Annapolis native finished in a time of 17:51.88. SeniorsHarmony Roche and Nicole Dawson also competed in the event with a 16th place (17:58.03) and 21st place finish (19:13.04) respectively.
At Penn State, Essence Fredericks turned in a top five performance in the 500m dash, taking fourth in a time of 1:16.39. Angelina Oputa finished sixth in the 1,000m, crossing the tape in a time of 2:57.03.
Down in Landover, Madeleine Entwistle took home 11th in the 300m, crossing the finish line in a time of 43.84. Yinka Alabi had the best finish by a Retriever in the 200m dash, taking fourth in 26.04. Finally, Angel Bucci turned in a top ten finish in the 3,000m, taking ninth in a time of 10:34.40.
In the field, Jean Udo took fifth in the long jump, with her best jump coming at a distance of 5.27m. She then procceded to break the school triple jump record with a jump of 37'6.5". Emma Gerhold and Caitlyn Davis tied for third in the pole vault, each clearing a height of 3.10m.
On the men's side, Erick Soetje earned gold in the 500m dash setting a new personal best with a time of 1:04.66 while teammate Darrius Oxley placed third in a time of 1:05.18. Ty Thronson came just short of qualifying for IC4A's in the 800m with a time of 1:54.70.
Sophomore Urgy Eado placed third in the 1,000m with a time of 2:28.57, sixth best in school history. Senior Nick Johnson was right behind him in fourth with a time of 2:29.10.
At the Terrapin Invite, Luke Kessler led the charge with a tenth place finish in the 5,000m, finishing in 16:03.04. Jamal Cody took home a fourth place finish in the 60m hurdle, finishing the finals in a time of 8.50. Cody followed that up with a fifth place finish in the 400m, crossing the tape in 51.37.
In the field, Musangu Bukasa took fourth and fifth place in the triple jump and high jump respectively. His best jumps came at 12.88m in the triple jump and 1.83m in the high jump.
UMBC track and field will return to action at the Fastrack Nation Qualifier on Friday, Feb. 12 in Staten Island. The Retrievers will then head to the America East Championships on February 19-20, also in Staten Island.