BALTIMORE – UMBC track and field senior Keri Wilson (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) broke the UMBC school record in the 3000m steeplechase Saturday afternoon at the Bison Outdoor Classic in Lewisburg, Pa. Meanwhile, more personal records fell and multiple athletes jumped onto UMBC's all-time top-ten list as much of the track and field team competed at the Sea Ray Relays at the University of Tennessee on Friday and Saturday.
Wilson, who came into the day second on the school list, bettered her personal-record by almost five and a half seconds and completed the track in 11:29.56. The senior broke the previous record (11:33.15) held by Hannah Benjamin who set the mark back in 2001.
In addition, sophomore Jake Albino (Hampton, N.Y./Minisink Valley) broke his personal record in the 1500m with a new time of 3:55.59.
In Knoxville, freshman Paulette Fogle (Washington, D.C./Bishop McNamara) continued her strong outdoor campaign, bettering her mark in the 400m hurdles, placing fifth at the Tennessee meet with a personal-best time of 1:02.50 which sits second all-time.
In the 800m run, sophomore Cody Mezebish (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) improved her personal-best with a time of 2:14.28 that still ranks her fourth in school history.
Although not breaking any records, freshman Mercedes Jackson (Huntington, Md./Huntington) picked up two top-ten finishes, placing fifth in the 200m (24.45) and sixth in the 100m (11.98).
In the field events, senior Chrissy Robinson (Lusby, Md./Patuxent) improved her mark in the discus with a toss of 41.35m (135'8") and remains third in Retriever history.
For the men, junior Cameron McDearmon (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin) jumped to third in the record book in the hammer throw with a personal-best toss of 52.15m (171'1").
Classmate Sean Kshimetski (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) also improved his standing in the UMBC records, moving to sixth in the javelin with a throw of 50.04m (164'2").
In the jumps, junior Shioma Obemeata (New Rochelle, N.Y./Iona Prep/St. Francis) and sophomore Mo Drammeh (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) both finished fourth in the triple jump and high jump, respectively. Obemeata recorded a leap of 14.52m (47'7.75") to set a new personal record while Drammeh matched his career best clearing a height of 2.00m (6'6.75").
The Retrievers return to the track next week when they travel to Princeton, N.J. for the Larry Ellis Invitational.