Baltimore, Md. – The UMBC track and field team will make the trip back to Penn State this weekend to partake in the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup on Friday and Saturday. UMBC had a strong showing last weekend in both State College and Fairfax.
Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup Info:
What: 2018 Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup
Where: State College, Pa. -- Ashenfelter III Indoor Track Facility
When: Friday, Feb. 2 and Saturday, Feb. 3
Social Media: @UMBCAthletics, @umbcxctf, #AETF, #RetrieverNation
Last Time Out (Penn State National):
On day one, the men were led by junior Jamal Cody who placed third in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.13. The distance medley team of Ifa Eado, John Oputa, Miles Smith, and Taylor Baranoski crossed the line fourth with a time of 10:07.18.
Junior Kelsey Ponton placed 11th in the 5,000m run to lead the women on day one, crossing the line in 18:00.46.
On day two, Baranoski led the men, earning the silver in the mile run with a time of 4:14.92 for his personal record in the event. Eado ran a time of 4:10.42 to take sixth in the mile run invite. Oputa took fourth place with a time of 49.67 in the 400m dash, while James Oakley placed seventh in the 200m dash, running a time of 21.96.
The women were led on day two, sophomore Kayla Knake led the charge, taking home the gold in the 800m with a time of 2:11.53, her second-best performance all-time in this event. Classmate Bridgett Redding ran the 1,000m in 3:01.91 to finish seventh.
Last Time Out (Patriot Games):
Senior Zoya Trendafilova cleared a height of 1.55m in the high jump to earn silver and lead the way at George Mason. Classmate Ricca Graham finished fourth in the weight toss, throwing a distance of 13.27m, while sophomore Elisabeth Kan took sixth place in the triple jump with a distance of 9.42m.
Senior Ceclia Davies took a top five finish in the 500m dash, crossing the line in 1:24.39.
Sophomore Michael Parkent led the men in Fairfax, earning bronze in the weight toss with a distance of 15.24m. Freshman Donald Duncan took fifth in the 60m with a time of 7.14.
The Retrievers will compete in the Fastrack National Invitational in Staten Island next weekend on Friday, Feb. 9.