Three Retrievers, One Bearcat Collect Weekly Indoor Track and Field Honors
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Competing at the Gotham Cup in New York City, three UMBC indoor track and field athletes set school or personal records en route to America East Performer of the Week honors. For the men, UMBC’s Trae Proctor and Shioma Obemeata take home Track Performer of the Week and Field Performer of the Week honors, respectively. On the women’s side, D’Nique Phillip of UMBC was tabbed Track Performer of the Week while Binghamton’s Alexis Murray earns Field Performer of the Week honors.
Proctor (Brandywine, Md.) earned his second America East weekly honor of the new year by becoming the first Retriever ever to record a time under eight seconds in the 60 meter hurdles. The senior set the UMBC school record with a time of 7.89 seconds to finish third at the Gotham Cup. Proctor’s time in the 60 meter hurdles is the fastest in the America East by .21 seconds and is the 11th fastest time in the country this year. To go along with his record-setting performance, Proctor also turned in a time of 7.20 second in the 60 meter dash.
Also earning his second straight weekly award, Obemeata (New Rochelle, N.Y.) set a new personal record in the triple jump at the Gotham Cup. The senior’s distance of 14.71 meters was good for a third-place finish over the weekend. Obemeata owns the best triple jump distance in the conference this season by .12 meters.
Phillip (Elkton, Md.) broke her personal record in the 60 meter dash twice over the weekend. The first record-breaking run came in the preliminaries, where the freshman ran a 7.73. Phillip followed that up by streaking to a time of 7.71 seconds in the finals, good for a seventh-place finish. Her time is the third-fastest in UMBC history and the third-fastest in the conference this year.
Murray (Bellerose, N.Y.) swept the jumps at the Army Six-Way Indoor Track Meet this past Saturday. The junior leapt 5.49 meters in the long jump and 11.69 meters in the triple jump to help Binghamton finish third out of six teams. Murray’s distance in both the long jump and triple jump rank second in the America East this season.
Elsewhere in the America East, several teams were in action over the weekend. Albany traveled to Penn State for the Nittany Lion Challenge, where Alfonso Scannapieco (Mohegan Lake, N.Y.) claimed a victory in the pole vault. Binghamton competed in the Army Six-Way Indoor Track Meet, where the women place third and the men took sixth. Stony Brook took part in the Gotham Cup, led by a seventh-place showing from Nicholas Lemon (Middletown, N.Y.) in the 5,000 meter run. Vermont sent four athletes to the Dartmouth Relays, where Charlotte Mintzer (Barrington, R.I.) took second place in the weight throw.
All nine schools will be in action over the coming week, as the 2013 schedule kicks into full gear. Albany will host the UAlbany Great Dane Classic in New York City, Binghamton will travel to Cornell for the Upstate Challenge, Boston U. visits Harvard, Hartford will take a trip to face Rhode Island, Maine will spend the weekend at Bates, UMBC is at the Terrapin Invitational, New Hampshire will host Holy Cross, Stony Brook will take place in the NYU Team Challenge and Vermont takes the short drive to Middlebury.
2012-13 Indoor Track & Field Performers of the Week
Dec. 4 – Men’s Track Performer of the Week: James Anderson (New Hampshire); Men’s Field Performer of the Week: Colby Cunningham (Vermont); Women’s Track Performer of the Week: Mercedes Jackson (UMBC); Women’s Field Performer of the Week: Brittany St. Clair (Vermont)
Dec. 11 – Men's Track Performer of the Week: Jake Leithiser (Maine); Men's Field Performer of the Week: Justin Gagne (Maine); Women's Track Performer of the Week: Tiffany Harrison (Hartford); Women's Field Performer of the Week: Rosemary Read (New Hampshire)
Jan. 8 – Men's Track Performer of the Week: Trae Proctor (UMBC); Men's Field Performer of the Week: Shioma Obemeata (UMBC); Women's Track Performer of the Week: Mercedes Jackson (UMBC); Women's Field Performer of the Week: Amanda Deller (UMBC)
Jan. 15 – Men's Track Performer of the Week: Trae Proctor (UMBC); Men's Field Performer of the Week: Shioma Obemeata (UMBC); Women's Track Performer of the Week: D'Nique Phillip (UMBC); Women's Field Performer of the Week: Alexis Murray (Binghamton)