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Introduction: The year so far has been a banner one for the track & field program. The men’s cross country team had their second highest finish ever with a third place finish in the fall. The women’s indoor team took second while the men’s team finished third. In the process taking home two Track and one Field Performer of the Year awards. And the women’s coaching staff was elected Staff of the Year as a result of the team’s indoor performance. So the expectations will be high heading into the final Championship of the year to be hosted by Binghamton University.

America East Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships Saturday, May 4th and Sunday May 5th Binghamton University 4400 Vestal Parkway East Binghamton, NY 13902

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Go North on Route 83 from Baltimore Follow 83 North around the Eastside of Harrisburg Exit onto Route 81 North to New York Take 17 West (NY) to Exit 70 South Follow Route 201 and the Binghamton University signs, crossing bridge to Route 434 East. The main entrance to campus is your first right (Glenn G. Bartle Drive).


SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2013

SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2013

10:00 a.m. Decathlon *Men’s 100 Meter *Men’s Long Jump *Men’s Shot Put *Men’s High Jump *Men’s 400 Meter

9:00 a.m. Decathlon *Men’s 110 Meter Hurdles *Men’s Discus Throw *Men’s Pole Vault *Men’s Javelin Throw *Men’s 1500 Meter

10:30 a.m. Heptathlon *Women’s 100 Meter Hurdles *Women’s High Jump *Women’s Shot Put *Women’s 200 Meter

9:00 a.m. Heptathlon *Women’s Long Jump *Women’s Javelin Throw *Women’s 800 Meter

1:00 p.m. Women’s1500 Meter Trials 1:30 p.m. Men’s 1500 Meter Trials 2:00 p.m. Women’s 100 Meter Hurdles Trials 2:10 p.m. Men’s 110 Meter Hurdles Trials 2:25 p.m. Women’s 400 Meter Trials 2:35 p.m. Men’s 400 Meter Trials 2:45 p.m. Women’s 800 Meter Trials 2:55 p.m. Men’s 800 Meter Trials 3:05 p.m. Women’s 100 Meter Trials 3:15 p.m. Men’s 100 Meter Trials 3:35 p.m. Women’s 400 Meter Hurdles Trials 3:50 p.m. Men’s 400 Meter Hurdles Trials 4:10 p.m. Women’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase Finals 4:30 p.m. Men’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase Finals 4:45 p.m. Women’s 200 Meter Trials 4:55 p.m. Men’s 200 Meter Trials 5:05 p.m. Women’s 10,000 Meter Finals 5:50 p.m. Men’s 10,000 Meter Finals 10:00 a.m. Women’s Hammer Throw Finals 10:00 a.m. Women’s Javelin Throw Finals 12:00 p.m. Men’s Hammer Throw Finals 12:30 p.m. Men’s Javelin Throw Finals 1:00 p.m. Women’s Pole Vault Finals 1:00 p.m. Women’s Long Jump Finals 3:00 p.m. Men’s Long Jump Finals 3:30 p.m. Women’s High Jump Finals 3:30 p.m. Men’s Pole Vault Finals

11:00 a.m. Women’s 4x100 Meter Relay Finals 11:10 a.m. Men’s 4x100 Meter Relay Finals 11:30 a.m. Women’s 1500 Meter Final 11:45 a.m. Men’s 1500 Meter Final 12:00 p.m. Women’s 400 Meter Final 12:05 p.m. Men’s 400 Meter Final 12:15 p.m. Women’s 100 Meter Hurdles Final 12:25 p.m. Men’s 100 Meter Hurdles Final 12:35 p.m. Women’s 800 Meter Final 12:45 p.m. Men’s 800 Meter Final 12:55 p.m. Women’s 100 Meter Final 1:00 p.m. Men’s 100 Meter Final 1:10 p.m. Women’s 400 Meter Hurdles Final 1:20 p.m. Men’s 400 Meter Hurdles Final 1:30 p.m. Women’s 200 Meter Final 1:35 p.m. Men’s 200 Meter Final 1:45 p.m. Women’s 5000 Meter Final 2:05 p.m. Men’s 5000 Meter Final 2:30 p.m. Women’s 4x800 Meter Relay Final 2:40 p.m. Men’s 4x800 Meter Relay Final 2:50 p.m. Women’s 4x400 Meter Relay Final 3:00 p.m. Men’s 4x400 Meter Relay Final 10:30 a.m. Women’s Discus Throw Finals 10:30 a.m. Men’s Shot Put Finals 11:00 a.m. Women’s Triple Jump Finals 11:00 a.m. Men’s High Jump Finals 1:00 p.m. Men’s Triple Jump Finals 1:00 p.m. Men’s Discus Throw Finals 1:00 p.m. Women’s Shot Put Finals

David Bobb

Matt Gittermann

Peter Koumlelis

Head Track & Field Coach dbobb1@umbc.edu 410-455-6588

Head Cross Country Coach gmatt@umbc.edu 410-455-1324

Assistant Track & Field Coach pkoum@umbc.edu 410-455-1282


Men’s Preview: The story from the America East Indoor Track & Field Championship in the men’s sprinting events was the sweep of the short sprinting events by Denny Long who won both the 60 meter and 200 meter dashes. Heading into this weekend’s Outdoor edition, Long finds himself in commanding control of both the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes with Conference leading times of 10.39 and 21.14. Joining him in the short sprints will be transfer Jenove Blanfort who has quickly improved over the spring season moving up to tenth in the Conference in the 100 meters (11.04) and ninth in the 200 meters (22.23). Should he continue this trend of rapidly decreasing times, he could figure into the scoring in both events. Blanfort and Long will combine with Dosu Teyibo and Pat Balderson on a 4x100 meters that quickly rose to second in the Conference with an IC4A qualifying time at the Morgan State Invite. The Indoor Conference Champion Trae Proctor will look to continue his streak of Conference titles in the short hurdles events, in which he holds the Conference lead with a 14.12 clocking in the 110 Hurdles. While out distancing most of the field he will be facing stiff competition from James Reed of the University of Maine who sits only .05 off Proctor’s time. Tentative Full Entries: 100m – Long, Blanfort, Balderson; 200m – Long, Blanfort, Proctor; 400m – Coaxum, Myers; 110 Hurdles – Proctor; 400m Hurdles – Abutaleb; 4x100m – Long, Blanfort, Teyibo, Balderson

Women’s Preview: Coming off an indoor season in which Mercedes Jackson won the 60 and 200 meter dashes at the Indoor Championship, was awarded with the Track Performer of the meet, and made a trip to the NCAA Indoor National Championships, she has continued to show her dominance through the outdoor season. Commanding lead might be too soft of a description as Jackson has a lock down on the number one spot by .34 seconds in the 100 meter dash and nearly a second in the 200 meter dash. Freshman D’Nique Phillip has joined Jackson trying to add points to the team total in both the short sprints. Currently ranked eighth in the Conference in the 100 meters, her biggest impact may be in the 200 meter dash where she is currently ranked third by only one hundredth of a second behind the second best time in the Conference. Also watch for Ebonique Jones, who quietly scored in both the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes at the 2012 edition of the Outdoor Track and Field Championships. In the longer sprints Kirsten Jones will not only be looking for a spot on the podium (currently holds the third fastest time in the Conference) but also to see if she can repeat her indoor performance and take hold of the outdoor school record in the 400 meter dash. She will also meet up with the short sprinters in the 200 meter dash where she holds the fourth fastest time in the Conference this season. Adding depth in the 400 meter dash will be Kalane Abbey who is currently seeded in scoring position and the rapidly improving Deborah Adelola, a former scorer who is coming back from an injury during the indoor season. The 400 meter hurdles will bring two top five performers in Paulette Fogle and Mary Katherine Kulp. Fogle currently holds the third fastest time in the Conference but is merely .16 seconds off the number one seed. Considering she was the Conference champion in the 500 meter dash, she will be in contention for the number one spot by weekend’s end. Meanwhile, in Kulp’s first season in the event, she has made tremendous progress entering the meet with the fifth fastest time. The rangy sophomore has been on the Conference cross country team, finished fourth in the indoor 1,000 meter run and will now look to add some sprint points to the team total. The sprint’s team will also bring two formidable relays to table in the 4x100 meter and 4x400 meter relays. Currently UMBC holds the second fastest times in both events behind Albany, but is within range to snatch both titles away. The potential team of Ebonique Jones, D’Nique Phillip, Briana Young, and Mercedes Jackson offers the best chance for a Conference title as Jackson can make up a lot of ground quickly or extend a lead beyond contention. The 4x400 meter team should feature the ECAC team from the indoor season with Paulette Fogle, Kirsten Jones, Kalane Abbey, and D’Nique Phillip taking the line. Tentative Full Entries: 100m – Jackson, Phillip, E. Jones, Seale; 200m – Jackson, Phillip, K. Jones, Adelola, Abbey, Seale, Young; 400m – K. Jones, Abbey, Adelola, Young; 400mH – Fogle, Kulp

Things to Watch For This Meet: 

Both Jackson and Long won both the 60 meters and the 200 meters indoors, and will be looking to repeat their performances in the 100 meters and 200 meters 

Fogle and Proctor both won events indoor (500m and 60m hurdles) respectively, but face tougher competition outdoors in order to bring home the hurdle titles. How many points will the women score in the 200 meter dash. With three of the top four seeds, can they take home 21 or more points in the event


Women’s Preview: Competition will open up with the 1500 meter trials in which Angelina Oputa enters the event as the ninth seeded runner after running the ninth fastest time in school history at the George Mason Invite early this season. The next event on the track will be the 800 meters where All Conference runner Cody Mezebish and indoor school record holder Sarah Daly will take to the track. During the indoor Conference Championships, Mezebish came in as the tenth seed and left the event as the third place finisher. Coming in as the sixth seed this weekend, look for a big drop in time over the weekend. Daly enters as the third seed in the 800 meters and coupled with Mezebish will look to get some big points for the Retrievers in the mid-distance arena. The 10,000 meter run will also be a big run for the Retrievers with Nicole Dawson, Harmony Roche, and Julie Gessler teaming up to produce some points. Dawson and Roche made waves in their initial attempt at the distance, garnering ECAC qualifying times and the third and fifth fastest times in school history respectively. Add in Gessler, who had the fastest 5,000 meter personal best during the indoor season of the three and ran the tenth fastest time in school history last year in this event, and they have the hope for three point scorers and three ECAC qualifiers. Ending the competition for the Retrievers will be the 4x800 meter relay which brings together Mezebish and Daly as the bookends with Kulp and Oputa running the interior legs. Last weekend this team narrowly missed out on ECAC qualification by a few hundredths of a second, but if there is any gas left in the tank at the end of the second day, they might be able to grab some late points and maybe a post season bid. Tentative Full Entries: 800m – Daly, Mezebish; 1500m – Oputa; 10,000m – Dawson, Roche, Gessler; 4x800m – Daly, Kulp, Oputa, Mezebish

Things to Watch For This Meet: 

How much the steeplers can move up from their seeded positions. Should they come close to their previous best, they could have three in the top five

The toughest distance event to win as a freshman is the 10,000 meters, the longer the race stays tactical, the better shot Hassan Omar has to win

Can the men’s 4x800 meter relay reprise their Conference title from indoors

Men’s Preview: Retrievers will be in contention for Conference titles and podium finishes throughout the weekend as a balanced squad will take the track. The 800 meters could be a big event for the men with Indoor Conference Champion Andrew Smith entering the weekend as the number one seed and freshman Andrew Kereszetes entering as the third seed. A one-two finish would not be unheard of as both runners will be looking not only for IC4A, but also NCAA Preliminary Round qualifications. Jake Albino will be entering the meet as the sixth seed in the 1500 meters, but after a fourth place and near IC4A qualification last year in this event, don’t count out a podium finish. The steeple chase will feature three Retrievers in the top nine. Leading the way through this season so far is Redatu Semeon who will be coming in looking to make a splash in his first year in the event. Joining him will be veterans Vinny DiSalvo and Brandan McGee, both who could push for the win with Semeon. As a freshman, DiSalvo nearly qualified for the IC4A Championship while setting the fifth fastest time in UMBC history in the process. Last year McGee took home the Conference title and the school record in the steeple, while in the process garnering a bid to the NCAA Preliminary Rounds. Another first day championship will be the 10,000 meters featuring Hassan Omar, TJ Cowing, Noah Hutton, and Tommy Eldridge. Omar, despite being a freshman looks poised to potentially make a run at the Conference title after winning the 10,000 meters at the Duke Invite in a convincing fashion. Cowing, a former IC4A qualifier, along with Hutton and Eldridge should form a trio that will all look to be scoring and getting IC4A qualifying times. All the steeplers and 10,000 meter runners will be coming back the second day to run the 5,000 meters, though the crew should be led by Eric Schuler who will be entering the event fresh. Sixteenth at the cross country championship, Schuler will be looking to go under fifteen minutes and secure more points for the Retriever totals. Tentative Full Entries: 800m – Smith, Kereszestes: 1500m – Albino; 3000m SC – Semeon, DiSalvo, McGee; 5000m – Schuler, McGee, DiSalvo, Semeon, Hutton, Eldridge, Cowing, Omar; 4x800m – Albino, Johnson, Kereszetes, Smith


Men’s Preview: With seeds in the top three of every single throwing event there is a potential for a large amount of the team points to come from off the track. With three school record holders on the roster, this group represents the best throws unit in school history. Leading the way in the shot is indoor and outdoor school record holder Yao Adantor, whose 54-3.75 throw was almost three feet further than the previous record holder. The hammer will be led by school record holder Thor Serafenas who will be contending for not only a Conference title but an opportunity to compete at the NCAA Preliminary Rounds. Together they will combine to try to make a run at more points in the discus, while Ray Stinsman should add even more points in the hammer and discus. Another school record holder in Vincent Rentzsch will have a busy weekend overall competing in the decathlon, the javelin, and the long jump. His weekend in the javelin may only consist of one throw with almost a twenty foot lead over the second seed, though it will get interesting in the decathlon. His utter domination in the throwing events will keep him in contention for the overall title through the weekend. In the jumps, Mo Drammeh will look to lock down a podium finish in the high jump after clearing 6’ 8” earlier in the spring season, while Dosu Teyibo will try to add much needed points in the long jump. Tentative Full Entries: Shot Put – Adantor, Serafenas; Discus – Adantor, Serafenas, Stinsman, Edokobi; Hammer – Serfenas, Adantor, Stinsman, Edokobi; Javelin – Rentazsch; High Jump – Drammeh; Long Jump – Rentzsch, Teyibo; Pole Vault – Stott, Carman

Things to Watch For This Meet:

Women’s Preview: In the last seven shot put competitions Amanda Deller has left the circle with seven America East Championships. This weekend she will throw for the last time in hopes of becoming the only America East athlete to have accomplished the feat. In addition, she will look add additional points in both the discus and hammer. Adding depth to the shot will be freshman Nmeoma Edokobi who finished fourth in the indoor shot put along with Emma Mayne and Jen Nelson who will add scoring depth to the hammer and discus. At the indoor championship Ebonique Jones took home second place in the long, narrowly missing out on the school record and an ECAC qualification in the process. As the lone UMBC jumper of the weekend, a repeat performance would be essential to the team success. Tentative Full Entries: Shot Put – Deller, Edokobi, Nelson, Mayne; Discus – Deller, Mayne, Nelson; Hammer – Deller, Edokobi, Neslon; Long Jump – E. Jones

Indoors Vincent Rentzsch finished third in the heptathlon, however, with two more throwing events, he could improve his position in the decathlon

Should the discus record fall on the men’s side, all four throwing records would have been beaten this season.

Watch for how many points Amanda Deller can put together with a total over 25 points by herself not out of reach

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