Staten Island, N.Y.—UMBC track and field kicked off the new season at the Fastrack Season Opener on Saturday afternoon with strong showings across the board. Kelechi Nwanaga led the way with a first place finish and a top ten school mark.
Nwanaga led the women's side with a first place finish in the shot put with a toss of 13.92m. Her throw was the sixth best mark in school history. Amani Wallace also turned in a first place finish in the 400m dash. Wallace crossed the finish line in a time of 57.89.
Tori Johnson added a top ten finish, placing sixth in the 500m dash in a time of 1:17.37. Sofia Zarate placed 16th in the mile (6:00.19), Collese Daley placed 13th in the 400m dash (1:00.01) and Ariella Garcia placed 13th in the 500m dash (1:19.62) to help pace the women on the day.
Manos Kamtsiklis led the men in the weight throw. He took first place with a toss of 17.30m, eighth best in school history. Isaiah Jensen and Rodney Sachiti also earned top ten finishes in school history in the 500m run and the triple jump. Jensen finished in a time of 1:05.03, eighth fastest in program history while Sachiti placed fifth in the triple jump with a jump of 14.03, tenth best in school history.
Brian Nelson earned a top ten finish in the 400m dash with a time 49.96 in seventh place. Peter Antonetti took 12th in the mile (4:34.50) with Sean Wissman taking 15th in the 400m dash (50.84) and Nick Gabrielli taking 11th in the 800m run (2:01.21) to round out the top runners.
Maurice Johnson and Trenson Terry added top ten finishes in the field events in the shot put (8th, 14.66m) and long jump (5th, 6.67m) respectively.
The Retrievers will have a month long hiatus before returning to action. The next meet is scheduled for Saturday, January 12 at the Great Dane Classic. The meet will be held at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island.