CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UMBC junior sprinter Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) has been named the America East Most Outstanding Women's Track Performer for the 2014 America East Indoor Track and Field Championships, the conference office announced on Monday afternoon.
This marks the second consecutive year that Jackson has garnered the honor. At the championship meet in New York, which was held on Feb. 23-24, Jackson swept the 60m dash and 200m dash events for the second year in a row. The wins bring her career indoor conference gold medal count up to five after she also captured the 60m event as a freshman in 2012. In addition, she won a silver medal in the 200m dash that year and was named the meet's Most Outstanding Female Rookie.
Jackson topped the field in both the prelim and final rounds of both events in New York. She set a season-best time of 7.41 in the prelims of the 60m dash, and was barely off her pace in the finals, taking the top spot in a time of 7.42. In the 200m race, the junior again set a top season time in the prelims (24.00) and then cruised in the finals, crossing the line at 24.08.
An NCAA participant in 2013, Jackson just missed the cut this season with her top 60m time of 7.41 ranking 41st in the nation.
Senior Andrew Smith (Chadds Ford, Pa./Garnet Valley) will represent UMBC at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. Smith is the sixth Retriever to ever advance to the national meet and will compete in the 800m run on Friday evening.
2014 Individual America East Indoor Track & Field Awards
Women's Co-Coaches' Award – Elisabeth Monty, UMass Lowell & Yolanda Ngarambe, Vermont
Men's Coaches' Award – Kareem Morris, Albany
Most Outstanding Women's Track Performer - Mercedes Jackson, UMBC
Most Outstanding Men's Track Performer - Alfonso Scannapieco, Albany
Most Outstanding Women's Field Performer - Brittany St. Clair, Vermont
Most Outstanding Men's Field Performer – Jesse Garn, Binghamton
Most Outstanding Women's Rookie – Elinor Purrior, New Hampshire
Most Outstanding Men's Rookie - Jon Alkins, Binghamton
Women's Coaching Staff of the Year - Albany
Men's Co-Coaching Staff of the Year – Albany & Binghamton