Baltimore, Md.—The Retrievers will continue the indoor season by heading to Boston for the ECAC/IC4A Championships this weekend. Last time out, UMBC finished fourth (women) and third (men) at the America East Championships, with Hassan Omar earning Most Outstanding Track Performer and Co-Coaches Award at the meet.
What: 2016 ECAC/IC4A Indoor Track and Field Championships
Where: Track and Tennis Complex, Boston University – Boston, Mass.
When: Friday, March 4 through Saturday, March 6
Social Media: @umbcxctf, @AmericaEast, #AETF, #GritAndGlory
Last Time Out (America East Championships):
UMBC track and field finished the America East Championships on Saturday, with the men taking third, and the women in fourth. Several Retrievers turned in top times, and others earning conference gold. Hassan Omar was named Most Outstanding Track Performer, as well as earning the Co-Coaches Award.
The women finished fourth behind repeat champion Albany, New Hampshire and Binghamton. Stony Brook, Vermont, UMass Lowell, Maine and Hartford rounded out the field. For the men, Albany repeated as champions, followed by Binghamton and UMBC. Vermont, New Hampshire, Stony Brook, UMass Lowell, Maine and Hartford rounded out the nine team field.
The women were led by Nneoma and Ozi Edokobi, who finished one-two in the shot put. Nneoma took gold with a toss of 14.78m, while her sister Ozi had a toss of 13.62m.
On the men's side, Hassan Omar finished with another gold medal, this time in the 3,000m run with a time of 8:28.56. Freshman Jamal Cody shocked the field in the 60m hurdles, winning the event with a time of 8.14.
Senior Hassan Omar repeated as 5,000m run champion. Omar crossed the tape in a time of 14:33.97, which is also an IC4A qualifying time in the event.
A pair of Retrievers earned gold medals in the field events, with Thomas Johnson and Isahq Rana winning the triple jump and shot put. Johnson won the triple jump with a jump of 14.46m, while Rana was a winner with a toss of 16.70m.
Last Year at the Championships:
UMBC senior Mercedes Jackson earned ECAC Most Outstanding Performer after winning the 60m dash. She is one of several Retrievers to have strong performances at the meet.
Jackson took first in the prelims, before winning in the finals today of the 60m dash. Jackson crossed the tape in 7.37, the fastest time ever for the meet.
The UMBC distance Medley team of Angelina Oputa, Essence Fredericks, Mary Katherine Kulp and Sophia Cologer took fourth place, with a time of 11:51.18. Paulette Fogle had another strong day, lowering her school record in the 500m to 1:12.78, finishing in second.
Ozi Edokobi took gold in the shot put with a toss of 15.64m. That mark is second best all-time at UMBC behind former Olympian Cleo Borel.
Paulette Fogle broke her school record in the 500m dash prelims with a time of 1:13.43. That time was good enough to qualify for the finals. Mary Katherine Kulp was also a part of the school record breakers, crossing the tape in 2:11.22 in the 800m run. The quartet of Tillman, Fogle, Funmi Daramola, and Kalane' Abbey broke the school record in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:43.76 to qualify for the finals.
On the men's side, Daryian Miles led things off with an eighth place finish in the 60m dash. Miles crossed the line in a time of 7.05. The only other men's runners were the 4x800m relay squad of Ty Thronson, Charles Bolinger, Brandon Berjarano, and Nick Johnson. The foursome finished in ninth with a time of 7:48.05.
Yao Adantor took fourth in the shot put, tossing a 17.10m throw. Isahq Rana placed 18th in the event with a throw of 15.25m.
UMBC will open the outdoor season at the Raleigh Relays, March 25-26 in Raleigh, N.C.