BALTIMORE – Before wrapping up the indoor season next week with senior Andrew Smith (Chadds Ford, Pa./Garnet Valley) traveling to the NCAA Championships, the UMBC track and field team sends select athletes to Boston this weekend for the 2014 ECAC and IC4A Championships. The three-day meet will from run March 7-9 at Boston University's Track and Tennis Center.
Smith, a school record holder and America East champion, will headline the group as he prepares to run the 800m at the national meet in New Mexico where he will be the sixth Retriever in program history to compete at the NCAA Championships. This weekend, the senior will compete in the 1,000m event, an event in which he holds the third-fastest time in school history (2:25.60).
School record holders Jake Albino (Hampton, N.Y./Minisink Valley) and Hassan Omar (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) will also make the trip to represent the Retrievers in Massachusetts. Albino, a senior who holds the top UMBC mark in the 1,000m (2:25.48), will compete in the one-mile race (4:08.97), the event in which he won a bronze medal at the America East Championships. Omar, the holder of the 3k (8:22.56) and 5k records (14:32.71), will run in the 5,000m event in Boston after winning a bronze in the 3k at the conference meet.
Junior Charles Bolinger (Bowie, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt), who holds the fifth-fastest UMBC time in the 800m run (1:54.36), will compete in the event this weekend.
The women's team will be well represented as well, led by distance runners Cody Mezebish (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) and Sarah Daly (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion). Mezebish captured a silver medal in the 800m with a school record time of 2:12.44 at the America East meet and will try to improve that mark even further. Daly, meanwhile, will compete in the 1,000m attempting to lower her school record time of 2:52.04 from the Armory Collegiate Invitational.
America East champion and school record holder Alisha Beeman (Bridgeport, Conn./Bunnell/Hartford) will also head north seeking to leap even higher in the high jump. The junior outdid her own school mark and the rest of the field at the conference meet in New York by clearing 1.74m (5'8.5) to win the gold medal.
In the long sprints, junior Briana Young (Bowie, Elizabeth Seton) and senior Deborah Adelola (Lanham, Md./Bladensburg) will compete in the 400m and 500m events, respectively. Young posted her top career time in the 400 during the prelims of the event at the America East Championships, placing third with a time of 56.87. Adelola set a career-best in the 500m event earlier this year at the Penn State Nationals, clocking in at 1:14.96, the sixth-fastest time in program history.
Young and Adelola will combine with sophomore Marie Yuille (Bowie, Md./Oakland Mills) and freshman Mercedes Tillman (Waldorf, Md./North Point) for the 4x400m relay.