February 18, 2014

Tillman and Edokobi Named America East Track and Field Athletes of the Week; Retrievers Hold On to USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Rankings

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UMBC freshman Mercedes Tillman (Waldorf, Md./North Point) was named the America East Track Performer of the Week and sophomore Nneomo Edokobi (Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery) earned Field Performer of the Week honors, the conference office announced on Tuesday afternoon.

In addition, the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its weekly regional poll with the Retriever men staying put at No. 13 in the Mid-Atlantic Region and the women holding on to a top-15 spot at No. 14.

The awards are the third and fourth of the indoor season for the Retrievers after senior Andrew Smith (Chadds Ford, Pa./Garnet Valley) and junior Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) swept the men's and women's track awards last week.

Tillman garners her first career America East weekly award after a career-best performance at the Rider/Lafayette Winter Games last Friday.  The freshman ran a top personal time of 7.91 in the 60m dash to jump to eighth in the UMBC record book and 13th in the conference this season.  In addition, Tillman helped the Retrievers' 4x400 relay team take top honors in New York with a time of 3:49.52.

Edokobi, also a first-time conference weekly award winner, received the honor after winning the shot put and placing fifth in the weight throw at the Rider/Lafayette Winter Games.  The sophomore bested the field in the shot with a heave of 12.53m (41'1.5"), a little over a foot shy of her season-best (12.91m; 42'4.25") which ranks third in the conference heading into next weekend's America East Championship meet.

The America East Indoor Track and Field Championships is the next competition for the Retrievers as they head to New York for the two-day meet which will begin on Sunday, Feb. 23 at the Armory.