Baltimore, Md.—UMBC track and field kicks off the championship season at the 2017 America East Outdoor Championships this Saturday and Sunday. The Retrievers have built momentum into the championships, after a pair of Retrievers broke school records at the Penn Relays last weekend.
America East Championship Info:
What: 2017 America East Outdoor Track and Field Championships
Where: Reggie Atkins Track and Field Facility – Durham, N.H.
When: Saturday-Sunday, May 6-7
Teams Competing: Albany, Binghamton, Hartford, Maine, UMBC, UMass Lowell, New Hampshire, Stony Brook, Vermont
How to Watch: Live video available each day at AmericaEast.TV
Social Media: @umbcxctf, @UMBCAthletics, @AE_Gameday, @AmericaEast, #AEChamps, #AETF
Last Time Out (Penn Relays):
Individually, Yinka Alabi and Madeleine Entwistle finished 47th and 49th respectively in the 400m hurdles with times of 1:04.71 and 1:04.80. Sophia Cologer rounded out the competitors on Thursday, taking 18th in the 5,000m with a time of 17:11.40.
Jamal Cody finished the 400m hurdles in sixth place with a new school record time of 52.27, breaking the record he set just a few weeks back. Teammates Andrew Daniels, Darrius Oxley and Marcus Foster also competed in the race. Daniels finished in 24th with a time of 53.65. Oxley (54.99) and Foster (55.35) took 35th and 38th in the race.
Cody then teamed with Erick Soetje, Daniels and Foster to take 28th in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:14.91. The 4x200m relay team of James Oakley III, Brian Nelson, Noel Njem and Afees Abolurin earned a spot in the IC4A final with a 15thplace finish in a time of 1:27.06. That same quartet finished the 4x100m relay in 30th place with a time of 42.16.
In the field, Abigale Slonski took home silver in the javelin with a toss of 45.15m (148'1"), setting a new school record.
The men saw a trio of Relays finish in the tops five, lead by the 4x200m relay. James Oakley III, Brian Nelson, Noel Njem, and Afees Abolurin took second in the race with a time of 1:26.19. The same quartet took sixth in the 4x100m relay in a time of 41.71.
In the field, a duo of Retrievers earned top five finishes, as Thomas Johnson took third in the triple jump and Alexios Prodanas took fifth in the hammer throw. Johnson finished with a jump of 15.05m (49'4.5") while Prodanas finished with a throw of 63.74m (209'1")
Last Year at the Championships:
The men finished in second place as Albany repeated as champions for the 12th straight year. Binghamton, UMass Lowell, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Stony Brook and Hartford rounded out the field.
Hassan Omar earned Most Outstanding Track Performer for the second straight year, winning two individual medals.
The Albany women won their 12th straight championship, just edging out New Hampshire in second and UMBC in third. Stony Brook, Vermont, Binghamton, UMass Lowell, Maine, and Hartford rounded out the field.
Ozi Edokobi was named Most Outstanding Field Performer for her efforts, winning gold in the shot put.
UMBC will head to the ECAC/IC4A Championships next Thursday through Saturday in Princeton, N.J.