Courtesy: America East Communications

UMBC Grabs Three Outdoor #AETF Awards in Week One

Release: 03/25/2014
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UMBC took three of a possible four awards in week one of the 2014 America East Outdoor Track & Field Awards. The Retrievers swept the honors on the men’s side, while the women’s awards were split between UMBC and Albany. Here’s a look at this week’s Outdoor Track & Field Awards.

Women’s Outdoor Track Performer of the Week
Tynelle Taylor-Chase, Sr., Albany
Whitby, Ontario/Notre Dame Catholic Secondary

  • Won the 400 hurdles at the Spring Break Classic in Carolina, Puerto Rico in 1:00.65.
  • Leads the America East in the 400 hurdles and satisfies the ECAC qualifying standard with her time.
  • Split 55.9 as the anchor leg of the winning 4x400 relay team (3:49.87).
  • Currently ranks 29th nationally and 11th regionally.

Women’s Outdoor Field Performer of the Week
Alisha Beeman, Jr., UMBC
Bridgeport, Conn./Bunnel/Hartford

  • Opened her outdoor season competing in a trifecta of events, including the javelin, high jump and long jump.
  • Won the high jump with a leap of 1.68 meters (5’6.0”), grabbing the second spot in the UMBC record book.
  • Finished fifth in the javelin with a program-record 41.92 meters (137’6.0”) hurl.
  • Bounded to 13th place in the long jump clearing 1.68 meters (15’5.5”).
  • Currently ranks both regionally and nationally in the javelin (35th; 71st) and high jump (30th; 53rd).

Men’s Outdoor Track Performer of the Week
Dennison Long, Sr., UMBC
Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt/FIU

  • Placed second in both the 100 and 200-meter dash events at the FSU Relays in Tallahassee, Fla.
  • Finished behind unattached competitor Javon Young to lead the America East in both events.
  • Finished with a 10.57 100-meter time to rank 19th regionally and 23 nationally.
  • Crossed the line at 21.09 in the 200-meter dash, to rank fourth in the east and 20th in the nation.

Men’s Outdoor Field Performer of the Week
Vincent Rentzsch, So., UMBC
Oranienburg, Germany/Elite Sportschule Potsdam

  • Opened the outdoor season at the FSU relays by competing in the javelin, discus and shot put events.
  • Won the javelin with a toss of 66.09 meters (216’10.0”) for a national ranking of 23rd and regional slate of 14th.
  • Placed seventh in the discus hurl (40.47m; 132’9”).
  • Finished eighth in the shot put (13.93m; 45’8.5”).

Around the League – Women’s

  • Albany’s Velisha Walker placed fifth in the javelin with a personal-best and school record mark of 41.90 meters, good enough to be ranked 72nd nationally. Silvia Del Fava won the 3000 (9:58.45), while Valentina Talevi placed second (10:17.24). Kathryn Fanning won the 800 (2:14.10) and was second in the 1500 (4:40.75).
  • UMass Lowell’s Taelor Murphy ranks 40th nationally with her 200 dash time of 24.19, which earned her a third-place finish. Sima Suon finished fifth in the javelin with a throw of 134’8”.
  • Hartford’s Megan Barry broke her own school record in the women's 10,000-meter run. Covering the distance in 36:27.84, she lowered her previous best by more than 12 seconds.
  • Cody Mezebish of UMBC recorded a career-best run in the 1,500m while opening her outdoor season at the FSU Relays in Tallahassee, Fla. Mezebish placed eighth in the race with a time of 4:39.46, the third-fastest time in program history. Mercedes Jackson met the ECAC standard in both sprint events, finishing fourth in the 100-meter event (11.74) and 12th in the 200-meter race (24.38). Nneoma Edokobi recorded a top-throw of 39.53 meters (129’8”) in the hammer to move to seventh all-time in program history.

Around the League – Men’s

  • Drew Butler came from behind to win the mile run on the final day of the Coastal Carolina Shamrock Invitational Track and Field Meet at Doug Shaw Stadium in Myrtle Beach, S.C. in 4:09.88. John Fiorello finished ninth in the shot put with a throw of 48’8” for a personal-best toss.
  • John Busque led a trio of Hawks to finish in the top-10 of the 5,000-meter. Busque took fifth place with a time of 15:34.00 while sophomores Kyle Hamel and Christopher Helminski took ninth and tenth, respectively.
  • Fresh off the NCAAs, Andrew Smith ran in the men’s 1,500m race, taking third with the tenth-fastest time in program history, 3:56.29.
  • Albany holds the top-four spots in the 800 on the America East performance list (Youness Benzaid, DeLallo, Zach Cook, Andrew Pirnie). Jeremiah Obeng-Agyapong placed third in the 400 hurdles at the Spring Break Classic in Carolina, Puerto Rico with an America East leading time of 53.19 to satisfy the IC4A qualifying standard. Alfonso Scannapieco placed fourth in the long jump at the Spring Break Classic with a mark of 23'6.75" (7.18m), a new personal-best. Mark satisfies IC4A qualifying standard. Also placed ninth in the high jump with a mark of 6'0.75" (1.85m).



2013-14 America East Indoor Track and Field Weekly Award Winners


March 25 – Women’s Track Performer of the Week: Tynelle Taylor-Chase, Sr., Albany

                 Women’s Field Performer of the Week: Alisha Beeman, Jr., UMBC

                 Men’s Track Performer of the Week: Dennison Long, Sr., UMBC

                 Men’s Field Performer of the Week: Vincent Rentzsch, So., UMBC