Retriever Men Earn Second Consecutive Second-Place Outdoor Finish, Women Place Fourth at America East Championships
BURLINGTON, Vt. – For the second year in a row, the UMBC men's track and field team earned a second-place finish at the America East Outdoor Track and Field Championships as the two-day meet came to a close, Sunday at Vermont's Frank H. Livak Track and Field Facility.
The Retrievers scored 165 points, trailing only conference champion Albany who gained 208 points. Maine (124 pts.), Binghamton (108 pts.), and meet-host Vermont (87 pts.) rounded out the top-five.
In the women's standings, the Great Danes made it a sweep by scoring 195.50 points. Vermont (142.50 pts.), Binghamton (131 pts.), UMBC (129 pts.), and New Hampshire (107 pts.) completed the top spots.
Following the meet, the UMBC men's coaching staff, led by head coach David Bobb, was named the America East Men's Coaching Staff of the Year. In addition, senior Dennison Long (Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt/FIU) and junior Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) were each named the Most Outstanding Track Performer of the Meet with Jackson also winning the women's Coaches' Award for gaining the most points of any individual female athlete.
Long earned two individual gold medals on the day as UMBC won a total of ten events on the day. The senior sprinter swept the 100m and 200m dash events for the second consecutive year, matching his conference record time of 10.37 in the 100m race and then winning the 200m event with a meet record time of 21.12. In addition, Long teamed with senior Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone), freshman Afees Abolurin (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill), and sophomore Randolph Patrice (Baltimore, Md./Liberty) to win a silver medal in the 4x100 with a combined time of 41.62.
A day after breaking the conference record in the 110m hurdles, Proctor did it again in the finals, winning his third career gold medal in the event with a time of 14.01. In the 100m hurdles, freshman Madeline Entwistle (Potomac, Md./Walt Whitman) placed ninth and jumped into the Retriever top-ten with a career-best time of 14.89.
Jackson, meanwhile, won her ninth career America East gold medal by claiming the 100m dash for the first time in her career. The junior bested the field with a season-best time of 11.60 in the finals as she tries to reach the NCAA Championships for the second straight year. Jackson also gained a silver medal in the 200m dash with a top season time of 23.58. She also led off in the final event of the meet, the 4x400 relay, as the Retriever team of Jackson, senior Kirsten Jones (Brentwood, Tenn./M.L.K. Magnet), junior Paulette Fogle (Washington, D.C./Bishop McNamara), and senior Deborah Adelola (Lanham, Md./Bladensburg) won gold with a time of 3:48.20.
In the first women's track event of the day, Jackson worked with freshman Mercedes Tillman (Waldorf, Md./North Point), sophomore Marie Yuille (Bowie, Md./Oakland Mills), and Young to take second and set a new school record with a time of 46.19.
Adelola also won her first career individual gold medal, outrunning the field in the 400m run as the Retrievers went 1-2-3. The senior posted a career-best time of 55.84, the second-fastest time in school history, while Yuille and Jones took home the silver and bronze medals, respectively. Yuille also set a new career-best with a time of 56.20 to move up to fourth in the Retriever record book.
Fogle also garnered a silver medal in the 400m hurdles after breaking her own school record with a personal-best time of 1:00.36. Junior Mary Katherine Kulp (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) also set a new PR with a time of 1:02.63 to place fourth with classmate Briana Young (Bowie, Md./Elizabeth Seton) two spots back in sixth (1:03.36).
In the men's event, junior Charles Bolinger (Bowie, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) broke his PR for the second straight day to finish sixth and jump up to third in the UMBC record book with a time of 54.59.
The UMBC distance team picked up two individual gold medals as senior Andrew Smith (Chadds Ford, Pa./Garnet Valley) won the 800m run, completing the season sweep after winning the indoor event in February, and classmate Jake Albino (Hampton, N.Y./Minisink Valley) claimed the 1,500m title. Sophomore Andrew Keresztes (Port Jefferson, N.Y./Port Jefferson), the 2013 champion in the 800m run, placed fourth in the event.
The three runners also combined with sophomore Nick Johnson (Olney, Md./Sherwood) to win the 4x800 relay with a new school record time of 7:34.11.
In the women's 800m run, senior Cody Mezebish (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) snapped her own school record with a time of 2:09.99 to earn a silver medal. Sophomore Sarah Daly (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion), meanwhile, placed fourth in the 1,500m run with a new personal-best time of 4:33.74 to leapfrog Mezebish for the third-best time in program history.
Senior Shioma Obemeata (New Rochelle, N.Y./Iona Prep/St. Francis) won his second career America East gold medal, and first outdoor top prize, by taking the triple jump title with a career-best leap of 14.97m (49'1.5"). Classmate Dosu Teyibo (Silver Spring, Md./Barrie) earned a bronze medal with a top career jump of 14.52m (47'7.75").
Junior Alisha Beeman (Bridgeport, Conn./Bunnell/Hartford) placed fourth in the high jump by clearing 1.65m (5'5") while recording a career-best leap of 11.27m (36'11.75") to finish eighth in the triple jump and grab the fifth spot in the Retriever record book.
In the shot put, senior Yao Adantor (Laurel, Md./Reservoir/Morgan State/Maryland) and sophomore Nneoma Edokobi (Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery) each gained silver medals in the respective competitions. Adantor recorded a top toss of 16.12m (52'10.75") while Edokobi's best heave of 13.32m (43'8.5") moved her up to fourth in school history. Sophomore Jennifer Nelson (Plainfield, Conn./Plainfield) also registered a career-best in the event with a toss of 12.20m (40'0.5").