Lewisburg, Pa.—UMBC track and field opened the 2017 slate with a strong showing against Bucknell and St. Francis Unviersity on Saturday. Several Retrievers earned first place finishes on the day, earning qualifying marks for ECAC/IC4A competition as well.
The women were led by Erin and Kara Patrice who went one-two in the 60m dash with times of 7.85 and 7.88 respectively. Kayla Knake earned a first place finish in the 600m run, clocking in at 1:36.67.
Madeleine Entwistle ran the second fastest time in school history in the 60m hurdles in 8.81, not only a personal best, but good to qualify for ECAC competition.
In the field, Elisabeth Kan won the triple jump, going a distance of 10.60m.
The men saw Brian Nelson kick off the meet with a fist place finish in the 60m dash, crossing the tape in a time of 7.07. Urgy Eado followed suit, crossing the finish line in first in the mile run with a time of 4:23.70.
Sophomore Jamal Cody was just nipped at the line to finish second in the 60m hurdles, hitting an IC4A qualifying time of 8.24.
In the field, Jacob Netschke won the high jump, clearing 1.99m (6'6.25"). Not to be outdone was Alexios Prodanas who also qualified for IC4A's with a first place finish in the weight throw. Prodanas had his best toss of 17.19m (56'4.75"), ahead of teammate Michael Parkent (14.43m, 47'4.25").
The Retrievers will be back in action next Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Great Dane Classic in Staten Island.