State College, Pa.—UMBC track and field had their final tune-up before the America East Championships next week. Several Retrievers earned top five finishes on Saturday.
The men kicked off the meet with a trio of top five finishes in the 60m dash, led by Brian Nelson. Nelson took first with a time of 6.91, as Afees Abolurin (7.09) and Noel Njem (7.23) finished third and fifth. James Oakley and Nelson went one-two in the 200m dash with times of 21.70 and 21.93.
Erick Soetje picked up a first place finish in the 400m with a time of 49.18. John Oputa finished the race in fifth with a time of 50.58. Urgy Eado led the distance runners, taking third in the mile with a time of 4:09.47.
Soetje, Oakley, Nelson and Darrius Oxley took home first in the 4x400m relay, crossing the finish line in 3:20.35.
In the field, Thomas Johnson was the lone Retriever winner in the long jump, finishing with a jump of 6.55m (21'6").
The women saw Erin Patrice take second in the 60m dash with a time of 7.68. Sophia Cologer earned a fourth place finish in the mile run, clocking in with a time of 4:57.85. Chelsea Vane and Kelsey Ponton went four-five in the 3,000m with times of 10:29.48 and 10:58.36 respectively.
Madeleine Entwistle took home gold in the 60m hurdles, clocking in with a time of 9.00.
The 4x400m relay team of Briana Roberts, Bridgett Redding, Elise Allen, and Cecilia Davies finished first with a time of 4:07.38.
UMBC will head to Boston next Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25 for the America East Indoor Championships, as they look to win their first indoor title.