GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Senior Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) reset his own school record in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.05 at the Pepsi Florida Relays, Friday at the University of Florida's Percy Beard Track at James G. Pressly Stadium.
Proctor headlined a record-breaking day for the UMBC track and field team which sent athletes both to Gainesville and the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va.
Already the school record holder in the 110m hurdles, and a two-time America East champion in the event, Proctor bettered his own time on Friday. The senior clipped his best time from 14.12 down to 14.05 while placing 19th in the event. He previously came close to besting his school record two weeks ago at the FSU Relays with a time of 14.14.
Classmate Dennison Long (Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt/FIU) also had a career-best performance, lowering his best time in the 100m dash down to 10.36 and finishing tied for 15th. Long trails only current Retriever head coach David Bobb (10.18) in the UMBC record book.
In the women's event, junior Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) edged her season-best time down to 11.71 as she searches for a return trip to the NCAA Championships.
Sophomore Vincent Rentzsch (Oranienburg, Germany/Elite Sportschule Potsdam) earned a top-ten finish in the javelin, placing sixth with a top heave of 63.38m (207'11"). Renztsch is also looking to get back to the national meet after traveling to Oregon a year ago. Junior Alisha Beeman (Bridgeport, Conn./Bunnell/Hartford) placed 21st in the women's event with a toss of 39.66m (130'1").
Junior Paulette Fogle (Washington, D.C./Bishop McNamara) recorded a season-best time of 1:01.59 in the 400m hurdles to meet the ECAC Championships standard.
At the Colonial Relays, freshman Sophia Cologer (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) jumped into the Retriever record book for the 3,000m steeplechase. The rookie clocked in at 11:44.42 to place 16th overall in the race and climb up to third on the all-time list. Classmate Chelsea Vane (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) finished with a time of 13:06.05.
Senior Cody Mezebish (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) and junior Sarah Daly (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) each set personal-bests in the 1,500m run to improve their standing and stay at third and fourth, respectively, in the Retriever record book. Mezebish placed 13th with a new career-best of 4:34.55 while Daly was two spots back in 15th at 4:35.65.
On the men's side, NCAA Indoor Championship participant Andrew Smith (Chadds Ford, Pa./Garnet Valley) continued his outdoor campaign by finishing 11th in the 400m run with a personal-best time of 49.07. Sophomore Nick Johnson (Olney, Md./Sherwood), meanwhile, set a new career-best in the 800m with a time of 1:56.80.
In the 400m hurdles, juniors Charles Bolinger (Bowie, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) and Mary Katherine Kulp (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) each set new career-bests. Bolinger placed 13th with a time of 55.96, just outside of the men's top-time list, while Kulp improved her career-best to 1:02.87 which sits third all-time.
Senior Jake Albino (Hampton, N.Y./Minisink Valley) set a season-best time of 14:52.28 in the seeded 5,000m run while junior Eric Schuler (Columbia, Md./Reservoir) and freshman Jon Luckin (Parkton, Md./Hereford) placed second (15:13.03) and fifth (15:16.93), respectively.
To end the evening four Retrievers competed in the 10,000m run. In the women's race, sophomore Nicole Dawson (Jessup, Md./Hammond) took fifth (37:36.81) while senior Kirsten McGovern (Sykesville, Md./Century) and freshman Sarah Zielinski (Boonsboro, Md./Boonsboro) placed tenth (38:21.49) and 19th (39:44.72). Sophomore Hassan Omar (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) then completed the night by placing third in the men's race with a new personal-best time of 30:29.58, which sits behind only Michael Sterling's time of 30:17.2 in the school record book.