NEW ORLEANS – The UMBC women's track and field team has received the All-Academic Team honor from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the organization announced late Tuesday night.
The Retrievers were one of 208 women's Division 1 teams to earn the honor by compiling a team grade-point-average (GPA) of 3.00 or better last year. UMBC recorded a 3.03 GPA during the 2013-14 academic year. In total, six America East schools were awarded the distinction with Binghamton, Hartford, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont also listed for their women's programs success.
The UMBC squad finished fifth at the 2014 America East Indoor Championships and then moved up to fourth-place at the outdoor conference meet in May. The Retrievers won three gold medals at the America East meet, led by Deborah Adelola (Lanham, Md./Bladensburg) and Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) who each captured an individual gold medal and then combined, along with Kirsten Jones (Brentwood, Tenn./M.L.K. Magnet) and Paulette Fogle (Washington, D.C./Bishop McNamara), to win the 4x400m relay. In addition, Jackson received the Coaches' Award and was named the America East Most Outstanding Female Track Performer.
The Retrievers excelled in the classroom, as well. Earlier this month, the conference office announced that 27 athletes from the women's track and field team were named to the America East Honor Roll with 19 athletes receiving a spot on the Commissioner's Honor Roll for earning a 3.50 GPA or higher during the Spring 2014 semester. In addition, Adelola and Kirsten McGovern (Sykesville, Md./Century) were selected to the America East All-Academic Team.