Baltimore, Md.—UMBC track and field will look to upend defending champion Albany at the 2016 America East Outdoor Track and Field Championships this weekend. The Retrievers are coming off several strong performances at the Penn Relays last weekend.
America East Championships Information:
What: 2016 America East Outdoor Track and Field Championships
When: Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8
Where: Frank H. Livak Track and Field Facility – Burlington, Vt.
How to Watch: All events will streamed live on AmericaEast.TV
Social Media: @umbcxctf, @AE_GameDay, @AmericaEast, #AETF, #AEChamps
Last Time Out (Penn Relays):
Senior Hassan Omar broke the school record in the 5,000m run to lead the Retrievers at the Penn Relays. Junior Sophia Cologer also turned in a big performance to earn a spot in the all-time top ten. Omar placed seventh in the race, crossing the finish line in a time of 14:08.93, breaking the record set by Anthony Kellhower of 14:09.20 in 2007.
Sophia Cologer led the charge for the women, taking 12th in the 5,000m run with a time of 16:48.24, good for second best in school history.
Mercedes Tillman, Amani Wallace, Kara Patrice and Erin Patrice finished in a time of 46.47, just .02 seconds behind the winners from St. John's. Tillman, Wallace and Erin Patrice teamed up with Yinka Alabi to place 22nd in 4x200m relay with a time of 1:41.00.
The 4x200m relay team of James Oakley, John Oputa, Afees Abolurin, and Darrius Oxley earned a spot in the IC4A finals with a 14th place finish in a time of 1:28.46. Also joining them in the IC4A finals are the 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams. Oakley, Oputa, Abolurin and Daryian Miles finished the 4x100m relay in 31st place with a time of 41.90, while Oxley, Niko Coaxum, Jamal Cody and Erick Soetje took 29th in the 4x400m relay (3:16.36).
Individually, Vincent Rentzsch took seventh in the javelin competition with a toss of 64.82m (212'7").
Last Year at the Championships:
Both the men and the women finished in second place, their best finishes at the meet in program history.
Numerous records were shattered in Albany. Mercedes Jackson had a pair of them, recording not only the school mark but the America East and facility record in the 100m and 200m dashes, en route to first place finishes. Jackson recorded time of 11.36 and 23.55 in the 100 and 200 respectively. Mercedes Tillman took over a school record in the 400m dash, finishing second in a time of 54.58. Paulette Fogle bested the school mark in the 400m hurdles, with a time of 59.13.
On the men's side, Yao Adantor crushed the school record in the shot put with a toss of 17.41m. He now owns both the indoor and outdoor marks in that event.
On the women's side, Sarah Daly took silver in the 1,500m run, putting up a time of 4:30.94. The 4x100 relay team of Tillman, Jackson, Marie Yuille, and D'Nique Phillip took second place in a time of 46.50. Tillman then teamed up with Fogle, Briana Young and Kalane Abbey to take gold in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:42.40, setting a facility record in the process.
In the field, the Edokobi sisters, Ozi and Nneoma took second and third in the shot put. Ozi finished with a throw of 14.52m to take silver, while Nneoma threw a 13.94m throw to take bronze.
The men were led once again on the track by Hassan Omar, who won the 5,000m run with a time of 14:40.90. Daryian Miles took silver in the 100m dash, finishing in 10.75 just .03 seconds behind the winner from Albany.
Both teams took second with scores of 126 for the men and 169 for the women. Mercedes Jackson and Hassan Omar each took home Most Outstanding Track Performer of the Meet, with Daryian Miles taking home the Men's Elite 18 Award.
The Retrievers will head to Princeton for the ECAC/IC4A Championships on May 13-15.