UMBC Track and Field Heads Back to State College for Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup

UMBC Track and Field Heads Back to State College for Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup

Baltimore, Md.—UMBC track and field will return to Penn State for the second straight week to take part in the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup this weekend. The Retrievers had success last weekend in State College with a slew of top ten finishes.

Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup Info:

What: 2017 Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup

Where: Ashenfelter III Indoor Track Facility – State College, Pa.

When: Friday, Feb. 3 and Saturday, Feb. 4 – Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday at 11 a.m.

Live Results: Available at GoPSUSports.com

Social Media: @UMBCAthletics, @umbcxctf, @AmericaEast, #AETF

Last Time Out (Penn State National & Patriot Games):

Day One:

The Retrievers were led by Jamal Cody at the in the 60m hurdles in State College.

Cody finished the prelims with a time of 8.18 in seventh place, before taking seventh in the semis with a time of 8.15. He would improve upon both those times with a fifth place finish in the finals in 8.12.

Other men's competitors included Brian Nelson who earned a spot in the semis of the 60m dash, finishing the prelims in 6.97 (14th place) and the semis in 6.95 (tenth place). Matt Bennett and Austin Hayslett competed in the 5,000m taking tenth and 11thwith times of 15:27.89 and 15:31.26.

The men's distance medley relay team of Miles SmithJohn OputaRami Phillips and Urgy Eado earned fourth, while also qualifying for IC4A's with a time of 10:11.29.

Erin Patrice led the women in State College earing a spot in the finals of the 60m dash. The sophomore finished the prelims in fifth with a time of 7.72 before taking eighth in the semis in 7.73. She earned a seventh place finish in the finals, crossing the finish line in 7.75.Sophia Cologer had a seventh place finish in the 5,000m run, clocking in with a time of 17:31.28.

In Fairfax, Christian Kallenberg sits in second place after day one of the heptathlon with a personal best 2,938 points.

Day Two:

Urgy Eado led the men in State College with a big win in the 1,000m, leading throughout the race. He crossed the tape in 2:27.88.

The sprint events saw Erick Soetje take third in the 500m dash, clocking in with a time of 1:04.27. John Oputa, James Oakley and Brian Nelson also had top ten finishes on the day. Oputa took ninth in the 400m dash with a time of 49.91, while Oakley took fourth (21.81, invite) and Nelson took third (21.98) in the 200m dash respectively.

Tori Johnson led the women, taking first in the 500m dash with a time of 1:16.16. Funmi Daramola and Amani Wallace each had top seven finishes, going seventh in the 400m dash (57.94) and sixth in the 200m dash (25.15).

In Fairfax, the men had a slew of top six finishers in a variety of events. Andrew Daniels had a fifth place finish in the 60m hurdles, clocking in at 8.62. Scott Boettinger and Kyle Kulp went four-six in the 500m dash, finishing in times of 1:09.80 and 1:10.03 respectively. Marcus Foster took home fifth in the finals of the 200m dash with a time of 23.14.

In the field, Christian Kallenberg earned a third place finish in the heptathlon with a career best score of 4,729. Russell Bowman took home fourth in the shot put, with his best throw coming in at 14.02m. Alexios Prodanas rounded out the field with a third place finish in the weight throw with a toss of 16.55m.

The women were led by a first place finish by Yinka Alabi in the 200m dash, crossing the finish line in 26.20. Bridgett Redding and Kelsey Ponton were the other top finishers for the women in the 800m (fifth, 2:22.45) and 3,000m (sixth, 10:51.65) respectively. 

Up Next:

The Retrievers will have their final tune-up before the America East Championships at the Penn State Tune Up Meet on Saturday, Feb. 18. The America East Championships will be held at Boston University the following weekend.