Track and Field Heads to Penn State Tune-Up Meet This Saturday

Track and Field Heads to Penn State Tune-Up Meet This Saturday

Meet Info

Baltimore, Md.—UMBC track and field will return to action after a week off at the Penn State Tune-Up Meet this Saturday in State College. This will be the final meet before the America East Championships next weekend in Boston.

Penn State Tune-Up Info:

What: 2017 Penn State Tune-Up Meet

Where: Ashenfelter III Indoor Track – State College, Pa.

When: Saturday, Feb. 18 – 11:00 a.m.

Social Media: @umbcxctf, @UMBCAthletics, #GritAndGlory, #AETF

Last Time Out (Sykes & Sabock):

Day One:

Sophomore Jamal Cody led the Retrievers on day one of the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup with a win in the 60m hurdles. Cody finished the prelims in second place with a time of 8.28 before taking the finals in a time of 8.17.

Brian Nelson and Afees Abolurin earned spots in the finals of the 60m dash going 7.04 and 7.09 in the prelims. Nelson earned silver in the finals with a time of 7.00 while Abolurin finished sixth in 7.13.

In distance events, Elijah Hawkins earned a second place finish in the 5,000m run with a  time of 15:15.94. Eric Smart and Luke Kessler also finished in the top six of the race with times of 15:26.17 (third) and 15:39.68 (sixth).

Alexios Prodanas took fourth in the weight throw to lead the field events, with his best toss coming at 17.17m (56'4").

The women saw Erin Patrice take sixth place in the finals of the 60m dash with a time of 7.77. Yinka Alabi earned fifth in the 60m hurdles, crossing the finish line in 9.08.

Chelsea Vane and Kelsey Ponton led the Retriever distance runners with sixth and seventh place finishes in the 5,000m run. Vane took sixth with a time of 18:09.26 while Ponton finished seventh in 18:18.34.

The distance medley team was the lone relay to compete on Friday, as the quartet of Briana Roberts, Tori Johnson, Kaya Knake, and Sophia Cologer took silver in a time of 11:57.66.

Day Two:

James Oakley had the best finish by a Retriever on Saturday, taking gold in the 200m dash with a time of 21.59. Urgy Eado and Jamal Cody earned second place finishes in the 800m and 400m runs respectively. Eado finished in a time of 1:51.95, while Cody finished in 49.28.

A quartet of Retrievers finished in the top six in the 3,000m run, led by Matt Bennett. Bennett took third in a time of 8:32.19. Matthew Kane (8:32.19), Austin Hayslett (8:34.76) and Nathan Nadal (8:38.52) finished fourth-fifth-sixth respectively.

The men's 4x400m relay team of Darrius Oxley, Cody, Oakley and John Oputa took second with a time of 3:17.74.

Chase DeWitt led the field athetes, taking third in the shot put with a toss of 14.99m (49'2.25"). Jacob Netschke earned a spot in the IC4A meet with a jump of 2.04m (6'8.25") in the high jump, taking sixth.

Funmi Daramola and Sophia Cologer led the women on the track. Daramola earned a spot in the ECAC Championships with her fifth place finish in the 200m dash, clocking in with a time of 25.04.Cologer earned sixth in the 3,000m run, crossing the finish line in a time of 10:02.06.

The 4x400m relay team of Daramola, Kaya Knake, Tori Johnson and Amani Wallace finished in seventh place with a time of 3:53.99 in the lone relay contested on Saturday.

Up Next: 

The Retrievers will head to Boston, Mass. for the 2017 America East Indoor Track and Field Championships. UMBC will be part of the nine team field, as they look to capture their first championship crown.