UMBC Track and Field Heads to Boston for #AETF Championships

UMBC Track and Field Heads to Boston for #AETF Championships

Championship Central

Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC track and field will head to Boston looking to win their first America East Indoor Championship this weekend. The Retrievers have had a strong indoor season thus far, with several school and personal records being broken. The Retrievers will look to dethrone UMass Lowell on the men's side and UAlbany on the women's side.

2019 America East Indoor Track and Field Championship Info:
What: 2019 America East Indoor Track and Field Championships
Where: Boston U Track and Tennis Center - Boston, Mass.
When: Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23
Teams Competing: UAlbany, Binghamton, Hartford, Maine, UMBC, UMass Lowell, New Hampshire, Stony Brook, Vermont
How to Watch: Live stream and results on AmericaEast.TV and
Social Media: @umbcxctf, @UMBCAthletics, @AEDigitalNet, #RetrieverNation, #AEChamps

Last Time Out (Penn State Tune Up):

UMBC track and field had a strong showing in their final meet before the America East Championships next weekend. Alexios Prodanas continued his historic indoor campaign, by once again rewriting the record books in the weight throw. The junior once again reset his personal and school record in the weight throw for the fourth time this year.

Prodanas finished in second place in the weight throw with a new school best toss of 21.26m, besting his previous best of 19.54m on his third attempt. The throw is also the 14th best throw in the nation this year. Manos Kamtsiklis placed fourth in the event with a toss of 18.13m.

On the track, Brooks Chaney took third in the 400m dash with a time of 53.81 and Nathan Nadal took fifth in the 3,000m with a time of 8:32.35 to lead the male runners. The 4x400m relay team of Isaiah Jensen, Erik Jenks, Miles Smith and Joe Viqueira took gold with a time of 3:29.06.

In the field, Trenson Terry and Rodney Sachiti went three-four in the long jump with jumps of 6.59m and 6.53m respectively. Maurice Johnson and Andrew Haberman finished fourth and fifth in the shot put with throws of 14.83m and 13.80m.

On the women's side, a slew of runners earned a top five finish on the track. Erin Patrice finished the 60m dash in first place in a time of 7.66 while sister Kara Patrice finished third in 7.88. Erin then turned in a third place finish in the 200m with a time of 25.19. Collese Daley was just behind her in the race in fifth place in a time of 25.50.

Kaya Knake and Tori Johnson finished four-five in the 400m with times of 56.70 and 58.22 respectively. Bridgett Redding rounded the top runners with a fifth place finish in the 800m in 2:14.46. The 4x400m relay team of Johnson, Ariella Garcia, Brianna Roberts and Knake took first with a time of 4:01.75.

In the field, Kelechi Nwanaga led the way with a first place finish in the shot put with a toss of 13.60m. Breanna Flores finished third in the event with a throw of 10.95m. Flores then turned in a fourth place performance in the weight throw with a toss of 14.13m, while Eleni Zotou took second with a throw of 15.16m.

Last Year at the Championships:

Kaya Knake took fourth place in the 800m run with a time of 2:10.97, setting a school record with her time.

Along with Knake, classmate Tori Johnson led the team on the day.  Johnson took the bronze in the 500m dash with a time of 1:15.98, and helped the 4x400m relay team of herself, Amani Wallace and Yinka Alabi, and Funmi Daramola earn the silver medal, crossing the line in 3:48.37.

Darmola also earned a sixth-place finish in the 200m dash with a time of 24.79 and a fifth-place finish in the 400m dash with a personal best time of 56.58.  Wallace took sixth in the same event with a personal best time of 56.77, and Collese Daley took eighth with a time of 58.39.

Knake, along with Briana Roberts and Bridgett Redding, and freshman Ariella Garcia took sixth place in the 4x800m relay, finishing in 9:25.18.  Redding also placed eighth in the 1,000m run with a time of 2:59.41. This time is the seventh fastest in school history.

On the men's side, Jamal Cody and John Oputa continued their strong weekend.  Cody took the silver in the 60m hurdles, finishing in 8.03 for the third best time in school history, and took sixth with a time of 48.96 in the 400m dash.  Oputa had a top five finish in the 200m dash, finishing in 22.15, and a seventh-place finish in the 400m dash with a time of 49.13.

Cody and Oputa, along with Noel Njem and Erik Jenks finished in fourth in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:19.45.

Ifa Eado earned fourth in the mile run, with his season best time of 4:09.64, while Miles Smith finished in seventh in the 800m run with a time of 1:53.63. Matthew Kane took ninth in the 3,000m run with a time of 8:29.45.

In the field, Russell Bowman took fourth after the senior recorded a distance of 15.98m.

The men took seventh place in the event, while the women took eighth place.