April 12, 2014

Proctor Smashes Hurdle Record Again, Mezebish and Smith Break 800m Records, Serafenas Betters Hammer Mark at Mason Spring Invitational

FAIRFAX, Va. – For the second straight week, senior Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) broke his own school record in the 110m hurdles, while senior Cody Mezebish (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) and Andrew Smith (Chadds Ford, Pa./Garnet Valley) both broke the UMBC 800m run records, and junior Thor Serafenas (Olney, Md./Good Counsel/Clemson) bettered his hammer throw record, as the Retriever track and field team competed Saturday at the Mason Spring Invitational.

The Retriever men won the team competition by scoring 92 points, ahead of Navy (78.75 pts.) and Penn (77 pts.).  The women placed eighth in the team standings with 36 points.

Proctor, who grabbed the school record in the hurdle event at last year's meet at George Mason, bettered his career-best for the second consecutive weekend.  Last week, the senior clipped his school-best time from 14.12 down to 14.05 at the Pepsi Florida Relays, but went even faster in Fairfax, winning the event with a time of 13.88. 

Mezebish and Smith, who own the school records in the indoor 800m runs, took hold of the outdoor records at George Mason.  An NCAA participant in the indoor event back in March, Smith claimed the outdoor record on Saturday by finishing sixth with a time of 1:50.05, which meets the IC4A standard and breaks Michael Christmas' mark of 1:50.67 set in 2011.  Mezebish, meanwhile, captured the women's mark and qualified for the ECAC Championships by placing 12th with a time of 2:10.68, besting Ohita Asein's time of 2:11.34 set in 2003.

Also in the 800m run, junior Sarah Daly (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) set a personal-best and jumped to fourth in the Retriever record book with a time of 2:13.51.  In the men's race, sophomore Andrew Keresztes (Port Jefferson, N.Y./Port Jefferson) started his spring with a time of 1:54.03, while classmate Nick Johnson (Olney, Md./Sherwood) set a personal-best time of 1:54.47.

In the hammer throw, Serafenas turned in a record-breaking performance, winning the event and besting his own school record with a heave of 58.95m (193'5").  The junior broke the record twice last year, setting it at 57.26m (187'10") at the IC4A meet.

Senior Dennison Long (Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt/FIU) continued his strong outdoor campaign by winning both the 100m and 200m dash events.  Long captured the 100m event with a time of 10.40 in the finals and then recorded a personal-record time of 20.86 to win the 200m race.  His time ranks second in the Retriever record book, trailing only UMBC head coach David Bobb who holds the top spot with a time of 20.63 set in 1997.

In the women's sprints, junior Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) advanced to the finals in both short races, placing fifth in the 100m and third in the 200m.  Jackson was just off of her season-best time in the 100m (11.73), but set a season-best in the 200m (23.96) finals.

Senior Deborah Adelola (Lanham, Md./Bladensburg) and sophomore Marie Yuille (Bowie, Md./Oakland Mills) each set a season-best in the 400m dash.  Adelola finished tenth with a time of 56.63 while Yuille placed 14th with a time of 56.94.

Sophomore Vincent Rentzsch (Oranienburg, Germany/Elite Sportschule Potsdam) won the javelin for the third time this spring, recording a top toss of 64.21m (210'8") at George Mason.  In the women's event, freshman Abigale Slonski (Griswold, Conn./Griswold) claimed a spot in the UMBC top-10 with a heave of 31.63m (103'9").  School record holder Alisha Beeman (Bridgeport, Conn./Bunnell/Hartford) finished four spots ahead of her teammate in sixth with a throw of 40.95m (134'4").

Slonski also grabbed a spot in the school record book for the triple jump with a leap of 10.51m (34'5.75") while Beeman placed fourth in the high jump competition by clearing 1.65m (5'5").

In the men's high jump, senior Mo Drammeh (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) cleared a career-best height of 2.07m (6'9.5") to finish third at George Mason and jump up to fourth in the Retriever all-time top-10 list.

Freshman Sophia Cologer (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) recorded a personal-best time of 4:46.75 in the 1,500m run to jump to seventh all-time in UMBC history.

For the men, sophomore Redatu Semeon (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) registered a career-best time and met the IC4A standard in the 3,000m steeplechase.  Semeon finished second in the race with a time of 9:12.47 to climb to fourth in the UMBC record book.

In the final race of the night, freshman Jon Luckin (Parkton, Md./Hereford) earned a top-ten finish and a spot in the Retriever record book, seventh, with a time of 15:03.92.