Baltimore, Md.—UMBC track and field will look to continue the success they had at the America East Championships this weekend in Princeton. The Retriever men finished second, while the women took third at the conference meet last weekend. Senior Hassan Omar earned Most Outstanding Track Performer, while Ozi Edokobi was named Most Outstanding Field Performer.
ECAC/IC4A Meet Information:
What: 2016 ECAC/IC4A Championships
When: Friday, May 13 through Sunday, May 15
Where: Weaver Stadium – Princeton, N.J.
How to Watch: Live results available through ECACSports.com
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Last Time Out (America East Championships):
UMBC men's track and field finished second at the America East Championships, as senior Hassan Omar won his second individual title of the weekend. The 4x100m relay team shocked the field, getting a big run in the third leg by Daryian Miles to propel UMBC to gold. Omar earned Most Outstanding Track Performer once again this year, winning two individual medals. Omar waited till the end of the race, but pushed himself ahead to win gold in the 5,000m run. The senior finished in a time of 14:52.28, two seconds ahead of second place. Urgy Eado earned a bronze medal in the 1,500m run, crossing the finish line in a time of 4:00.30.
Afees Abolurin, Oakley, Miles and John Oputa out-sprinted the team from Albany for gold in the 4x100m relay. Miles had a strong run in the third leg to push the Retrievers out front, and Oputa finished it off with a time of 41.41. Andrew Kereszetes, Rami Phillips, Rhys Burgett, and Eado took third in the 4x800m relay with a time of 7:45.52.
The men finished in second place as Albany repeated as champions for the 12th straight year. Binghamton, UMass Lowell, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Stony Brook and Hartford rounded out the field.
Omar earned Most Outstanding Track Performer once again this year, winning two individual medals.
UMBC women's track and field continued their strong start to the championships, by producing a pair of individual winners and 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.
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 Edokobitook 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.
Last Year at the ECAC/IC4A Championships:
Sarah Daly set a new school record in the 1,500m run. Her time of 4:27.08 not only breaks the record, but qualifies her for Sunday's finals. Paulette Fogle found success in the 400m hurdles, qualifying for finals with a time of 59.74 in the trials.
The other top finisher for the women was the 4x400m relay team. Tillman, Essence Fredericks, Kalane Abbey, and Fogle set a new school record in the event, crossing the tape in a time of 3:41.97, finishing fifth in the event.
On the men's side, Daryian Miles made his way to the semis of the 100m dash, finishing with times of 10.86 and 10.87.
The 4x100m relay squad of Afees Abolurin, James Oakley, Gideon Ampofo-Willams, and Miles finished ninth with a time of 41.45. The quartet of Nick Johnson, Charles Bolinger, Rami Phillips, and Matt Rever qualified for the finals on Sunday in the 4x800m relay. The foursome finished in eighth place with a time of 7:36.96.
In the field, Thor Serafenas took home sixth place in the hammer throw. Serafenas finished with his best throw of 59.01m.
A day after setting the school record in the 4x400m relay, the team of Mercedes Tillman, Essence Fredericks, Kalane Abbey, and Fogle shattered that record in the finals. The quartet took third with a time of 3:39.07, a full two seconds better than the mark they set yesterday.
In the field, Alisha Beeman placed sixth in the high jump with her best jump coming at 1.67m (5-5.75). The Edokobi sisters, Ozi and Nneoma, placed third and fifth respectively in the shot put. Ozi had her best toss of 14.36m, while Nneoma had hers at 14.07m.
The men saw success in the field and on the track, as Vincent Rentzsch took silver in the javelin. Rentzsch had his best throw of 66.95m. Yao Adantor finished the shot put competition in fifth place, finishing with his best toss of 16.95m. Isahq Rana finished 12th in the shot put, setting a personal best with a throw of 16.16m.
On the track, the men's 4x800m relay squad of Nick Johnson, Charles Bolinger, Rami Phillips, and Matt Rever took home a fifth place finish. The foursome just missed breaking the school record, by crossing the tape in 7:35.57.
On the Horizon:
Select UMBC athletes will compete at the NCAA East Preliminaries, held in Jacksonville, Fla., on Thursday, May 26 through Saturday, May 28.