Williamsburg, Va.—UMBC track and field concluded the Colonial Relays on Saturday, and once again, a Retriever earned first place. Jean Udo won the triple jump competition on Saturday, leading the Dawgs on the final day.
Udo earned gold in the event with a jump of 11.09m, ahead of Gabriella Benniger of Duquesne who had a jump of 10.97m. Also in the field, Ozi Edokobi took second in the shot put championship, finishing with her best toss of 13.82m. Jennifer Nelson finished second in the university portion of the competition with a throw of 12.33m.
A pair of Retriever women finished two-three in the 5,000m run. Chelsea Vane took silver with a time of 18:07.84, while Angel Bucci finished third with a time of 18:08.83. The women's 4x400m relay quartet of Essence Fredericks, Nailah Johnson, Funmi Daramola and Mercedes Tillman took fourth with a time of 3:49.35, hitting an ECAC qualifying mark.
On the men's side, the 4x100m relay team of Afees Abolurin, James Oakley III, Daryian Miles, and John Oputa finished eighth with a time of 43.07. The sprint medley squad of Niko Coaxum, Darrius Oxley, Oputa, and Erick Soetje earned sixth in a time of 3:31.06.
Not to be outdone, the best finish on the men's side came from the 4x400m relay team of Coaxum, Jamal Cody, Oxley, and Soetje earned a third place finish with a time of 3:16.38, good for an IC4A cut.
In the field, Ishaq Rana finished third in the discus, with his best throw coming at 45.82m.
The Retrievers will have the weekend off before heading to George Mason on Saturday, April 16.