Track and Field Heads to Florida Relays and Colonial Relays This Weekend

Track and Field Heads to Florida Relays and Colonial Relays This Weekend

Baltimore, Md.—Coming off a successful weekend at the Raleigh Relays last week, UMBC track and field will split up, traveling to both the Florida Relays and the Colonial Relays from Thursday, March 31 through Saturday, April 2.

Florida Relays Info:

What: 2016 Pepsi Florida Relays

When: Thursday, March 31 through Saturday, April 2

Where: Percy Beard Track at James G. Pressly Stadium – Gainesville, Fla.

Colonial Relays Info:

What: 2016 Colonial Relays, hosted by William & Mary

When: Thursday, March 31 through Saturday, April 2

Where: Walter J. Zable Stadium – Williamsburg, Va.

Last Time Out (Raleigh Relays):

Day One:

Senior Hassan Omar (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) broke the school record in the 10,000m run, finishing 13th in the event to lead UMBC on day one of the Raleigh Relays. Omar finished the distance race with a time of 29:31, breaking the previous school best time of 30:17 set all the way back in 1985. The time for Omar puts him in the range to qualify to the NCAA Preliminaries in May.

Erick Soetje earned a top 20 finish in the 400m run, finishing in a time of 48.49, the sixth fastest time in school history in the event. Urgy Eado turned in a top ten time in school history, placing 29th in the 1,500m with a time of 3:54.45, good for sixth best all-time. Jamal Cody earned a 26th place finish in the prelims of the 110m hurdles, crossing the tape in a time of 14.91.

Isahq Rana had the best finish of any Retriever on the day, taking third in the shot put with a toss of 17.23m. He followed that up with a ninth place finish in the discus with a throw of 45.46m.

The women were led by Mercedes Tillman and her 15th place finish in the 100m prelims, where she finished in a time of 11.95. Madeleine Entwistle turned in a top 25 performance in the 100m hurdles, taking 23rd in the prelims with a time of 14.61.

Ozi Edokobi led the women in the field events, taking home 16th in the shot put with her best toss of 13.39m. Her sister, Nneoma Edokobi, finished the event in 22ndwith a throw of 12.96m.

Day Two:

Senior Vincent Rentzsch broke his own school record in the javelin on day two of the Raleigh Relays. Rentzsch had a toss of 74.28m (243'8") to break his own school record by over ten feet. Christian Kallenberg finished seventh in the event with a toss of 58.22m (191') to rank second all-time in school history.

Other male field performers include Thomas Johnson with a 12th place finish in the triple jump at 14.34m.

The men's 4x800m relay squad of Urgy EadoRami Phillips, Brandon Bejarano and Ty Thronson placed fourth with a time of 7:40.41 to led the men on the track on Saturday. The 4x1500 quartet of Rhys BurgettPatrick DuboyceJon Luckin, and Lorenzo Neil earned a top ten finish with a time of 16:28.72.

Essence Fredericks led the women on the track, taking tenth in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:02.52. The 4x1500 relay team of Angelina Oputa, Sophia Cologer, Angel Bucci, and Katie Govatos placed eighth with a time of 19:28.39.

In the field, Abigale Slonski earned bronze in the javelin with a toss of 39.32m (129'). Nneoma Edokobi placed 20th in the hammer throw, finishing with a toss of 48.74m (159'11").

Next Up:

-UMBC track and field returns to action on Saturday, April 16 with a dual meet at George Mason.