Baltimore, Md.—UMBC track and field returns to action at the Great Dane Classic in Staten Island after a strong start to the year at the Bucknell Tri-Meet. Several Retrievers earned top five finishes, led by Brian Nelson who earned America East Male Track Performer of the Week honors.
Great Dane Classic Info:
What: 2018 Great Dane Classic, hosted by UAlbany
Where: Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex – Staten Island, N.Y.
When: Saturday, Jan. 13 – 10:30 a.m.
Social Media: @umbcxctf, @UMBCAthletics, #AETF, #RetrieverNation
Last Time Out (Bucknell Tri-Meet):
-The men saw Brian Nelson earn a pair of first place finishes on Saturday. Nelson won both the 60m and 300m dashes with times of 6.90 and 34.48. Noel Njem also had a pair of top three finishes, taking second in the 60m dash in a time of 7.11 and third in the 300m dash in a time of 36.58. James Oakley III and Drew Daniels were the other top finishers on the track, with Oakley finishing second in the 300m dash in 34.88 and Daniels taking first in the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.54.
-In the field, Russell Bowman and Michael Parkent led the way in the shot put and the weight throw. Bowman took third in the shot put with a toss of 13.91m (45'7.75") while Parkent finished fourth with a throw of 14.86m (48'9").
-The women had a slew of runners earn top three finishes, including a sweep in the 300m dash. Amani Wallace took gold with a time of 40.62, followed by Yinka Alabi (41.48) and Collese Daly (41.81). Erin Patrice and Kara Patrice finished one-two in the 60m dash with times of 7.91 and 7.94 respectively. Tori Johnson and Ariella Garcia went two-three in the 600m run with times of 1:37.76 and 1:37.97.
-Breanna Flores had a pair of top finishes in the shot put and weight throw. She had a toss of 11.02m (36'2") to take sixth in the shot put and a throw of 14.25m (46'9") to take fourth in the weight throw. Elisabeth Kan finished fifth in the long jump (4.52m, 14'10") to round out the field.
Last Year at the Great Dane Classic:
Several Retrievers hit ECAC/IC4A marks, led by strong showings in the field events.
Alexios Prodanas led the charge for the men, taking home second place in the weight throw with a toss of 17.54m (57'6.5"). His throw was a personal best for the freshman, moving him up to fifth all-time in the UMBC record books.
Classmate Russell Bowman followed that up with the ninth best throw in school history in the shot put, taking seventh in the event at 14.74m (48'4.5").
On the track, Brian Nelson took seventh in the 60m dash with a time of 6.94, improving on his time of 7.00 from the prelims. Both James Oakley and Urgy Eado hit IC4A qualifying marks in the 200m and 1,000m respectively. Oakley took 12th in the 200, finishing in 22.15 while Eado took silver in the 1,000 crossing the tape in 2:28.39.
Tori Johnson, who had a tenth-place finish in the 500m, led the women, as the rookie finished the race in 1:16.74. Briana Roberts earned a ninth-place finish in the 1,000m run, clocking in at 3:01.77.
Katelyn Callaghan had a fifth-place finish to lead the distance runners in the 5,000m. Callaghan finished the race in 18:01.49.
Nelson Named #AETF Male Track Performer of the Week:
-UMBC track and field sophomore sprinter Brian Nelson was named America East Male Track Performer of the Week, the conference announced on Tuesday. Nelson led the Retrievers at the Bucknell Tri-Meet with two individual wins.
-Nelson took first place in a pair of events last weekend, winning the 60m and 300m dashes. Nelson finished the 60m dash in a time of 6.90, while crossing the tape in a time of 34.48 in the 300m dash.
-The Retrievers will head back to Staten Island for the NYC Gotham Cup on Friday, Jan. 19.