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Cross Country/Track & Field Alumni Newsletter - fall/winter Indoor Track Schedule: December 7th, 2013 Bison Opener Bucknell University January 11th, 2014 Penn State Relays Penn State University January 18th, 2014 Terrapin Invite PGSLC

Introduction: Dear UMBC XC/TF Alumni, The 2012-2013 was a historic year for the UMBC Cross Country and Track & Field teams, as many milestones were reached and school records broken. Already the 2013-2014 competitive seasons have opened with a bang, with the Men’s Cross Country team winning the America East Title. With almost every athlete returning from last year’s squad, it appears that both the men’s and women’s track and field teams are favorites to bring home the America East titles in both indoor and outdoors. Not to mention, record breaking numbers at the NCAA Preliminary Rounds and NCAA Championships.

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Contact Information: David Bobb Head Track & Field Coach 410-455-6588 dbobb1@umbc.edu

Matt Gittermann Head Cross Country Coach 410-218-1551 gmatt@umbc.edu

Peter Koumlelis Assistant Track and Field Coach 410-455-1282 pkoum@umbc.edu

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Women scored their highest team placing since joining the America East Conference with a fifth place finish Cody Mezebish ran the fifth fastest 6k in school history at the Mid Atlantic Regional in th 21:33; a week after finishing 15 at the America East Championships th At the Navy Invite Nicole Dawson recorded the 7 fastest 6k in school history (21:58) th while Sarah Zielinski scored the 8 fastest 6k in school history (22:11) The Navy Invite was the fastest team effort in school history with eight women under twenty-three minutes

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Won the America East Conference and had highest placing at the th NCAA Mid-Atlantic Meet with a 9 place finish Hassan Omar set the school marks in the 8k (24:20) and 10k (30:30), rd st while finishing 3 in the AEC and 21 at Regionals (All Region Team) Andrew Smith joined Omar on All Conference team with a tenth place finish and at the Princeton Invite recorded the second fastest time in school history (24:46) rd Men’s Coaching Staff named AEC Men’s Staff of the Year (3 consecutive season including indoor and outdoor track)

Cross Country 2013 Year in Review


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Nine school records were broken last year indoors: Trae Proctor – 60 meter hurdles, Yao Adantor – Shot Put, Mercedes Jackson – 60 meter dash, Mercedes Jackson – 200 meter dash, Kirsten Jones – 400 meter dash, Paulette Fogle – 500 meter dash, Sarah Daly – 800 meter run, Women’s 4x400m Relay (Jones, Phillip, Fogle, Abbey), and Women’s Distance Medley Relay (Mezebish, Fredericks, Daly, Bucci) There were 40 performances that ranked in the All Time Top Ten Performances in UMBC Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field history At one point during the America East Championships, UMBC won four events in a row on the track (Women’s 500m, Men’s 60m, Women’s 60m, and Men’s 800m) Overall the Men had 7 Conference Champions (Denny Long – 60m, Denny Long – 200m, Andrew Smith – 800m, Cameron McDearmon – Weight Throw, Aboshioma Obemeata – Triple Jump, Trae Proctor – 60m H, Men’s 4×800 meter relay) The Women had 6 Conference Champions (Mercedes Jackson - 60m, Mercedes Jackson - 200m, Amanda Deller – Shot Put, Amanda Deller – Weight Throw, Paulette Fogle – 500m, Women’s 4×400 meter relay) Denny Long Won Most Valuable Track Athlete, Mercedes Jackson Won Most Valuable Track Athlete, Amanda Deller Won Most Valuable Field Athlete, and Women’s Coaches Won Coaching Staff of the Year at the America East Indoor Track and Field Championships The Women’s Team had their highest placing ever with a third place finish at the America East Indoor Track Championships Denny Lo ng, Trae Proctor, Andrew Keresztes, Kirsten Jones, Mercedes Jackson and the women’s 4x400m relay all advanced to the finals at the IC4A/ECAC Indoor Track and Field Championships Outdoors there were 10 school records broken: Mercedes Jackson – 100m, Mercedes Jackson – 200m, Paulette Fogle – 400m Hurdles, Trae Proctor – 110m Hurdles, Jake Albino – 1500m, Yao Adantor – Shot Put, Thor Serafenas – Hammer, Vincent Rentzsch – Javelin, Women’s 4x200m Relay (K. Jones, Fogle, Abbey, Jackson), Women’s 4x400m Relay (K. Jones, Fogle, Abbey, Adelola) There were 51 performances that ranked in the All Time Top Ten Performances in UMBC Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field history Overall the Men had 8 Conference Champions (Denny Long – 100m, Denny Long – 200m, Andrew Keresztes – 800m, Hassan Omar – 10,000m, Trae Proctor – 110m Hurdles, Vincent Rentzsch – Javelin, Vincent Rentzsch – Decathlon, Men’s 4x100m Relay) Overall the Women had 4 Conference Champions (Mercedes Jackson – 100m, Mercedes Jackson – 200m, Amanda Deller – Shot Put, Amanda Deller – Discus Throw Denny Long won Most Outstanding Male Track Athlete and the Coaches’ Award (Most Points Scored), Amanda Deller won Most Outstanding Female Field Athlete and Coaches’ Award, Mercedes Jackson won Most Outstanding Female Track Athlete, Vincent Rentzsch won Most Outstanding Male Rookie, and the coaching staff won Male Coaching Staff of the Year Award

NCAA Championships: During the winter campaign, Mercedes Jackson joined the ranks of David Bobb, Cleo Borel, and Huguens Jean, to advance to a NCAA Division I Track and Field Championship. One of 16 advancers nationwide in the 60 meter dash, Jackson did not advance out of the semi-final heats, but earned Second Team All American Honors in the 60 meter dash. During outdoor, Jackson again advanced to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, this time in the 100 meter dash. However, this time she was joined by Vincent Rentzsch whose final throw at the Region meet vaulted him to fifth and a berth to the National Meet. Both would go on to earn Honorable Mention AllAmerican status.

Track & Field 2013 Year in Review


2013-2014 Women’s Indoor Track Preview: The women’s team enters the year as one of the favorites for the America East Championships this winter, after finishing third a year ago. With only one significant loss to the roster, the women will be hoping to win their first team title since joining the America East. The bulk of the points will be coming from a deep sprint group that should contend for Conference titles in all the sprint events. They will again be led by junior All-American Mercedes Jackson who is coming off the best year in both Conference and School history advancing to the NCAA Championships in the 60 meter dash. Jackson won both the 60 meter and 200 meter dash in convincing fashion and will be the strong favorite to win both events again. Also returning is the 500 meter Conference Champion and school record holder Paulette Fogle, who also lent a leg on the school record 4x400 meter relay that should repeat as Conference Champions. Also watch out for Kirsten Jones who set the school mark in the 400 meter dash with a 55.80 clocking at the ECAC Championships and is the fastest returner in that event. The distance squad will be anchored by three returning scorers in senior Cody Mezebish and Sarah Daly in the 800 meters, and MK Kulp in the 1,000 meters. Mezebish led the cross country team through the fall campaign and coupled with school record holder Sarah Daly, both could be the first Retrievers under 2:10 in school history. Kulp broke out indoors last year taking fourth place in the 1,000 meters. Nicole Dawson, another leading cross country runner will look to earn some more points for the team in the 5,000 meters. The field events took a hit with the loss of Amanda Deller, but should be able to make up for the lost points with some veterans stepping up. Junior Alisha Beeman is now eligible after transferring from Hartford and should put up points in the high jump, triple jump, and the heptathlon. In the shot put, three returning scorers will look to move up the ranks including All Conference performer Nmeoma Edokobi who finished third last year.

Newcomers for 2013-2014: -courtesy of www.umbcxctf.wordpress.com, originally published September 2013 “Some years we are filling holes, sometimes we are building depth, sometimes we are starting from scratch, and sometimes we are trying to replace someone who was such a valuable asset for four to five years, you can’t even imagine trying to strike gold again,” said Coach Gittermann. Overall the UMBC Cross Country and Track & Field teams brought in 20 new freshmen athletes and three transfers, with the hope that they fill the aforementioned voids. Cross Country Newcomers: “With so many athletes returning (only TJ Cowing graduated out of a group of 19) we weren’t in a bad spot or needed to bring in any athletes who could make an impact in cross country, but we were fortunate to bring in two exceptional athletes in Pat Duboyce and Jon Luckin,” revealed Coach Gittermann. Pat Duboyce (Linganore HS, MD – 4:20.95, 9:24.54, 15:38 5k XC, 6:11.33 2,000m Steeplechase, 3A State Champion 1600m 2012) was the Frederick County Champion and 3A West Champion before dehydration ended his bid for the state title in cross country. “He was definitely one of the top runners in the state heading into the race, but it’s a bear of a course and it got the better of him,” said Gittermann, “but none the less, he’s going to be a factor in the Conference as a freshman in cross and I think he’s going to be a real impact player in the steeple.” Teaming up with Duboyce this year will be one of his biggest rivals from high school in Jon Luckin (Hereford HS, MD – 4:19.01, 9:24.30, 15:52.78 5k XC, 3A State Champion 1600m 2013). “Jon is very similar to Jake Albino in that he can run a leg on a 4×800 meter relay and contribute at a Conference level all the way up to 5,000 meters and cross country, that’s tough range to find,” said Coach Gittermann. The women bring in a deep class of runners who could contribute to the varsity roster within their first year. Leading the way is the 1A State Champion in cross country, Sarah Zielinski (Boonsboro HS, MD – 11.10.70, 18:50.3 5k XC, 4x 1A State Champion). “Sarah is going to be better at the collegiate level because there are more races within her range and the increase in volume over four years is only going to pay dividends for her,” said Gittermann, “and she should be able to come in and contend for the top spot on the team.” Katelyn Callaghan(Downingtown East HS, PA – 11:03, 18:23 5k XC) should be another factor on the roster, “she’s coming back from an injury at the end of last year, so we are kind of rebuilding her a bit, but once she gets some momentum with her training she will be back on form,” revealed Gittermann. “Another runner who I am looking at to provide immediate dividends is Cindy Alms, her times do not reflect where she will finish this year as she had to pull a lot of weight on a talented high school team that was trying to do a lot of things at the state level as a team.” Alms (Reservoir HS, MD – 5:16, 11:37, 19:11 5k XC) is an All Met runner whose team won the State Championship last year in cross country. Adding to the depth will be Chelsea Vane (Mount Hebron HS, MD – 5:30, 12:00) and Sophia Cologer (Broadneck HS, MD – 2:24, 5:26). Coach Gittermann offered that, “Chelsea is already ahead of where I thought she would at this point and will benefit by the longer collegiate distances while I think Sophia could be a bit of sleeper this year, as I am shocked she did not run substantially faster in high school cross country based on her workouts thus far.”

Indoor Track & Field Preview – 2013-2014


Newcomers for 2013-2014 (Continued): Track Newcomers: Leading the way for the female sprinters will be Mercedes Tillman (North Point HS, MD – 7.20, 11.91, 24.79, 55.56, 4A 55m State Champion 2013) a former rival of current sprinter Mercedes Jackson. “We definitely liked her range, capable of competing with the best in the state in both the short sprints and the long sprints,” said Coach David Bobb. Tillman’s times suggest that she will be among the Conference elite from day one. Joining her will be Nailah Johnson (Friendly HS, MD – 7.19, 12.25, 25.44, 58.31, 3A 300m State Champion 2013), as Coach Bobb reveals, “she made great progress this year and we were looking to add more depth in the short sprints.” Adding to the mix will be transfer Marie Yuille (Oakland Mills HS, MD/Villanova University, 25.38, 58.49) and Madeline Entwistle (Walt Whitman HS, MD – 15.30 100H). “For most of the year, we were piecing together a 4×400 meter relay from all disciplines and we wanted to make sure we addressed that need with this recruiting class,” said Coach Bobb. A duo of athletes will look to fill that need in Erick Soetje (River Hill HS, MD – 11.3, 22.4, 48.8) and Darius Oxley (James Hubert Blake HS, MD – 49.4). “Both athletes will help fill in those holes on the relays and help sure up some more points in the longer sprints.” The shorter sprints will see a boost in Tyler Ford (White Plains HS, NY – 10.86, 21.96, 50.04)who should add some depth behind Denny Long. Transfer Asanka Ekanayake (Clarkburg HS, MD/Wittenburg University, OH – 50.47, 55.49 400H) could factor into the points in the 400m hurdles while adding more depth to the 4×400 meter relay. “All year we were walking a thin line of being able to put together a healthy 4×800 meter relays, so one of my needs this year was to address depth in the middistance events,” said Gittermann. The Retrievers added Rami Phillips (Oxon Hill HS, MD – 1:55.31, 4:25.35)and Alex Schulties (North Caroline HS, MD – 1:55.93 – 2A State 800m Champion 2012). “I’m excited because even though both these gentlemen have already had such great success, I think we have only begun to tap the potential of their abilities,” revealed Gittermann. Adding futher depth will be Conor Perry (Loyola HS, MD – 2:01) and Ethan Allnutt (Boonsboro, MD – 2:00). For the women, Elise Allen(Eleanor Roosevelt HS, MD – 2:17.07, 3:04.04 1000m) should add depth for the women and put their 4×800 meters close to an elite level. “With Elise we are almost to a point where we can put a 4x800m into the eight minute territory, not to mention, she gives us more flexibility to move some pieces around during indoor track in hopes of getting more points.” Field Event Newcomer While only one athlete enters for the field event, Abigale Slonski (Griswold HS, CT – 134′ 5″ Javelin, 9′ 6″ Pole Vault, 3980 Heptathlon, 36′ 11″ Triple Jump, 17′ 9.5″ Long Jump) she should cover enough events with points to make up the difference. “There’s a lot of different ways we can place her efforts to get points,” said Coach Pete Koumlelis, “but I think we are going to see immediate dividends in the triple and pentathlon indoors and the javelin outdoors.”

2013-2014 Men’s Indoor Track Preview: The men’s team will have a tougher road to a Championship with four All Conference performers (Long, Proctor, Obemeata, and Adantor) not available for the Indoor season. However, a flux of newcomers and the rise of the some returners could make up the difference. In the sprints, Sean Cooper will return after missing last indoor season. The season prior Cooper scored in both the 60 meter and 200 meter dashes. Joining him will be transfer Randolph Patrice (York/HCC) who is now eligible after sitting a season, and should be a factor in the 60 meter and 200 meter dashes. In the long sprints, Niko Coaxum and John Rybak should anchor a young group of freshmen and transfers that could add points in the long sprints and bolster the chances of the 4x400 meter relay. After a banner year in the fall, the distance squad could pull a record number of points for their events. They will be led by returning indoor 800 meter champion Andrew Smith and outdoor 800 meter champion Andrew Keresztes who also finished second in the indoor 1,000 meters. Add in All-IC4A performer and school record holder in the 1500 meters in Jake Albino, All-Mid Atlantic cross country performer in Hassan Omar, and former scorers Brandan McGee, Noah Hutton, and Charles Bolinger, and the chances for points will be high. Thor Serafenas will be the anchor for the throws group, contending for the Conference title in the hammer and a podium spot in the shot put. Vincent Rentzsch, an NCAA qualifier in the javelin and Conference Champion in the decathlon, could make a run at a Conference Championship in the heptathlon while potentially scoring in the shot put and long jump. Senior IC4A qualifier Mo Drammeh returns in the high jump and will look to score for the fourth consecutive year.

Indoor Track & Field Preview – 2013-2014


Dr. Charles Brown Retires -

courtesy of www.umbcretrievers.com Dr. Charles Brown has announced his retirement as Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation at UMBC as of June 30, 2013, completing a 24-year tenure that has elevated the Retrievers from a fledgling Division-I program to one that is competitive regionally and nationally in a range of sports. “Dr. Brown has done a masterful job of building a strong and balanced Division-I athletic program at UMBC, with special emphasis on both academic performance and healthy competition,” said Freeman Hrabowski, President of UMBC. “The entire UMBC community appreciates all that he has done to build an even stronger UMBC.” Over the past 15 years, UMBC teams have won 46 conference championships and made 29 appearances in NCAA Championship competition. For five consecutive years (1998-2003), UMBC was named the top overall program in the Northeast Conference, and it has consistently ranked as a top-four program in the America East Conference, since joining in 2003. During that same period, 36 Retriever athletes earned Academic AllAmerica status and student-athletes had consistently high graduation rates. While growing the Retriever program, Dr. Brown also worked to raise UMBC’s profile regionally and nationally, including serving two terms as president of the Maryland Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and one term on the NCAA Division-I Championships/Competition Cabinet. He also helped bring a number of national championships to UMBC and to Baltimore, including the first and second rounds of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championships in 1995; the Women's Lacrosse National Championships in 1998; and the Men's Lacrosse National Championships in2003, 2004 and 2007. "I am thankful for the opportunity given to me by Dr. Hooker in 1989 and for the continued support of the administration to develop a firstclass department that includes athletics, physical education and recreation,” Dr. Brown said. “It was a life’s dream of mine to be a Division-I athletic director and be at a campus. I’ve watched UMBC grow in so many ways and I am glad that we have been a part of the success of this university. I wish the program continued success in the future." Following his retirement as Director of Athletics, Dr. Brown will join the UMBC Division of Professional Studies, where he will work with others to explore opportunities related to Sports Management.

Alumni Join Staff: Two former Retrievers joined a staff that already includes alums David Bobb and Nick Burnett. In the fall Lauren LeClercq signed on as an Assistant Cross Country and Track & Field Coach. She will be helping with the cross country team in the fall and the long sprints during the track season. For the track seasons, Kiki Malamo-Paris came aboard and will be supplying help with the long jump and assisting Coach Thomas Thompson with the jumps.

Rob Magin 5k Dawg Chase: Courtesy of www.umbcretrievers.com BALTIMORE – A total of 143 runners took to the loop course at UMBC for the Sixth Annual Rob Magin 5k Dawg Chase, Saturday morning during Homecoming festivities on campus. The race included the UMBC and George Washington Running Clubs, in addition to numerous other participants. Jose Cruz of the UMBC Running Club took the top individual place in the men’s race, finishing the 5k course with a time of 15:55.46, while Maddie Maney from the GW Running Club won the women’s competition with a time of 20:24.55.

Track & Field Related News


Tim Hall Named New AD:

New Facilities and Plans for the Future: President Hrabowski announced the timeline to break ground in 2015 for a new 85 million dollar events center. At this point, the building would become the home base of athletics featuring a 4,000-6,000 seat basketball arena and offices for the staff. It would be built into the hill side directly next to track and the Stadium Lot (old Lot 17). With this construction, there is going to be an overhaul of the stadium including a complete resurfacing of the track and turf field, not to mention renovations of seating and entrances to the stadium. Finally, there is a preliminary proposal for an indoor track facility that is currently in its infancy. The “proposed” facility would call for a banked track facility similar to Boston University’s, located on the upper fields, atop the baseball and softball fields. We are so early in the process that there is no cause for optimism just yet, but alumni will be kept up to date as support will be needed.

courtesy of www.umbcretrievers.com Tim Hall has been appointed Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation effective July 8, 2013. Hall joins the UMBC community after serving as Director of Athletics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) since February, 2007. A member of the Chancellor’s executive cabinet, Hall’s stewardship of the program propelled UMKC to new heights at the NCAA Division I level in athletic competitiveness, academic success, fund-raising and community service efforts. “I am excited to serve UMBC as its new Director of Athletics,” said Hall. “UMBC is an exemplary institution of higher learning - one that is on the cutting edge of innovation and entrepreneurism. I pledge to work with great enthusiasm to advance the reputation, efficiency and impact of Retriever Athletics. In addition, my family and I are looking forward to integrating ourselves into the UMBC community and beyond.” “Our campus takes pride in connecting athletics with the life and academic culture of the university,” said UMBC President Dr. Freeman Hrabowski. "Tim Hall has led UMKC’s teams to success on the field, in the classroom, and in the community by bringing out the best in his colleagues and students. I have no doubt that he will provide our athletics department with the kind of the visionary and creative leadership that we so value at UMBC." “The search process was a thorough and inclusive one and I know that I speak for the entire campus community when I say we couldn’t be more enthused to welcome an athletic director with a competitive spirit, integrity and a proven track record of success,” said Dr. Nancy Young, Vice President of Student Affairs. Hall is also in a three-year term on the NACDA Division I-AAA Executive Committee and serves on the NCAA volleyball rules committee, as well as the NCAA committee on Women’s Athletics. Hall came to Kansas City after serving as the Associate Athletics Director for Development at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, from 2003-07. While at KSU, he was a member of the athletics senior administrative staff, working in all phases of departmental management including game and personnel contracts, scheduling, budget, policy and strategic planning. Previously, Hall worked at Eastern Kentucky University from 2000-03. He began work as the collegiate Director for Development in 2000 before being promoted to the Director of Major Gifts and Special Projects in 2001. In this capacity, he raised over $4.6 million for the university, including $1.3 million for athletics. Hall also served as the Assistant Director of Development at Saint Xavier University in Chicago from September 1999 through October 2000. Before moving to Chicago, Hall worked at Youngstown State University as an Assistant Director of Athletic Development from 1997-99. Hall earned his bachelor's degree in sports administration from the University of Toledo in 1994. He then received his master's degree in sports administration from Kent State University in 1998.

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