Albany, N.Y.—UMBC track and field got off to a stellar start on day one of the 2019 America East Championships with Kelechi Nwanaga defending her javelin title, as well as Manos Kamtsiklis winning the hammer throw on Saturday. The women are currently in sixth place while the men are in third.
Nwanaga led the women with a gold medal, her second straight, in the javelin with a toss of 51.84m.
On the track, a handful of Retrievers qualified for tomorrow's finals, led by Kaya Knake in the 800m. She had the second-best time in the prelims with a time of 2:09.27 and will defend her title tomorrow. Bridgett Redding also qualified for the finals with a time of 2:13.62 in eighth. Erin Patrice earned a spot in two finals on Sunday, finishing third in the 100m dash prelims (12.18) and seventh in the 200m dash prelims (24.96). Kara Patrice and Tori Johnson also earned spots in the finals in the 100m dash (12.29) and the 400m hurdles (1:02.96) respectively.
Manos Kamtsiklis and Alexios Prodanas finished one-two in the hammer throw to lead the men in the field. Kamtsiklis earned gold with a throw of 62.50m with Prodanas finishing right behind him with a throw of 59.33m. Andrew Haberman also earned a medal taking sixth in the event with a toss of 52.00m.
Trenson Terry had a top ten program mark in the long jump, taking fourth with a jump of 7.23m. Rodney Sachiti finished the event in 12th place with a jump of 6.43m. Jameer Robinson rounded out the field athletes with a 13th place finish in the javelin with a throw of 45.55m.
A trio of runner earned spots in tomorrow's finals. Taylor Baranoski earned a spot in the 1,500m finals after taking 13th in the prelims with a time of 3:55.06. Miles Smith will run in the 800m finals after finishing ninth with a time of 1:53.07. Trenson Terry took fourth in the 400m hurdles with a time of 54.50 to round out the qualifiers.
Nathan Nadal and Chris Thoms finished ninth and 11th in the steeplechase with times of 9:29.40 and 9:30.11 respectively with Erik Jenks rounding out the field with a 15th place finish in the 800m in 1:55.22.
The final day of the America East Championships will commence tomorrow from Albany on AmericaEast.TV.