Burlington, Vt.—UMBC women's track and field continued their strong start to the championships, by producing a pair of individual winners and a relay gold on Sunday. Ozi Edokobi won the shot put, Essence Fredericks won the 400m hurdles, while the 4x400 relay team took gold to lead UMBC to a third place finish. Edokobi was named Most Outstanding Field Performer for her efforts this weekend.
On the track, Essence Fredericks led the way with a big win in the 400m hurdles, outlasting the field in a time of 1:01.25. The 4x400m relay team of Mercedes Tillman, Fredericks, Yinka Alabi, and Funmi Daramola earned gold after a disqualification by Albany with a time of 3:52.93.
Tillman and Daramola went five-six in the 400m dash with times of 57.35 and 57.43 respectively. A pair of Retrievers earned points in the 100m hurdles, as Jean Udo placed fourth (14.52) and Madeleine Entwistle took fifth (14.64). Angelina Oputa finished in seventh place in the 800m run, clocking in at 2:17.30.
Tillman earned a seventh place finish in the 100m dash with a time of 12.13, as Erin Patrice finished right behind her with a time of 12.16. Amani Wallace and Sophia Cologer rounded out the individual scorers as Wallace placed eighth in the 200m dash (25.19) and Cologer took sixth in the 5,000m run (17:36.29).
The quartet of Tillman, Wallace, Kara Patrice and Erin Patrice earned a third place finish in the 4x100m relay with a time of 46.88.
Ozi Edokobi led the field events, earning gold in the shot put competition with a toss of 14.39m (47'2.5"), a full meter ahead of second. Her sister Nneoma Edokobi took fourth with a throw of 12.75m (41'10"), while Jennifer Nelson earned seventh with a toss of 12.35m (40'6.25"). Samantha Steinman took fourth in the discus with a toss of 41.26m (135'4"), while Ozi Edokobi (37.45m), Nneoma Edokobi (37.37m) and Jennifer Nelson (36.25m) went nine-ten-eleven. Jean Udo finished the field events with a third place finish in the triple jump at 11.97m (39'3.25").
The Albany women won their 12th straight championship, just edging out New Hampshire in second and UMBC in third. Stony Brook, Vermont, Binghamton, UMass Lowell, Maine, and Hartford rounded out the field.
Ozi Edokobi was named Most Outstanding Field Performer for her efforts this weekend.
The Retrievers will be back in action next weekend at the ECAC/IC4A Championships Friday through Sunday in Princeton.