With well over a 100 teams, thousands of athletes, and multiple classifications of competition going on this weekend, we have developed this short list of items for you to take a look at this weekend if are in attendance, following live results online, or just anxiously awaiting Twitter/Facebook updates.
- On the women’s side, every school record holder from 60 meters to 1,000 meters will be competing in their respective events this weekend (Mercedes Jackson 60m/200m, Kirsten Jones 400m, Paulette Fogle 500m, Sarah Daly 800m, Cody Mezebish 1,000m) not to mention Alisha Beeman (High Jump, Hepathlon) or the 4x400m (all members in competition)
- On the men’s side, last weekend at Penn State, Jake Albino missed the mile school record by .13 seconds and Hassan Omar missed the school mark in the 5,000 meters by .75 seconds. Both will be running these events this weekend (Albino 1,000 meters – Friday 4:40 PM & Mile – Saturday 10:36 AM; Omar 5,000 meters – Saturday 9:07 AM)
- Andrew Smith current sits 13th in the Nation in the 800 meters after running 1:49.15 last weekend. He will be making a run for a National Qualifying time in the event in a fast field (with potential rabbit) on Saturday afternoon (3:47 PM). The magic number is in the mid 1:48’s with the 18th ranked person in the Nation advancing last year with a time of 1:48.65. He needs a time that places him in the top 16 of declared athletes after the first weekend in March.
- Mercedes Jackson enters the meet ranked 54th in the Nation in the 60 meter dash (7.48) but appears to be revving up for a big performance. It is looking like 7.32 will be the magic number for advancement, and with proper racing, Jackson should get three shots at it with prelims (5:22 PM), semis (6:00 PM), and finals (7:32 PM) all being competed on Friday night.
- The 400 meter dash is the busiest event on the docket for this weekend, with eight Retrievers taking the track. Kirsten Jones will look to challenge her school record as part of the Championship rounds with Prelims starting at 3:45 PM on Friday and finals at 4:19 on Saturday. The rest of the crew will be racing the College Prelims at 12:20 (women) and 1:50 (men) with finals later that evening.
- In the College division of the Men’s 400m (Friday 12:30 PM), watch for freshman Erick Soetje who flirted with a sub 50 second effort going 50.02 in the event last time out. A mere half second improvement would enter him on the All Time Top Ten list at the number four position.
- The tenth best 5k in school history for the women is 18:21.1 (Morgan Little – 2007). The four women taking the line (Nicole Dawson, Harmony Roche, McGovern, and Sarah Zielinski) all could eclipse that mark. If they all were to run faster than 18:11.31, all four ladies would be represented on the All Time Top Ten list.
- The women’s 4×400 meter team will be one to watch. With seven or so possible athletes available, the coaches’ will probably run the “hot hands” on the relay. If it all pans out, the school record could fall at this early part of the season. Look for some combination of Paulette Fogle, Deborah Adelola, Briana Young, Kirsten Jones, Mercedes Tillman, Kalane Abbey, and Marie Yuille to constitute the team. The women will take the line at 1:00 PM on Saturday.
- Mo Drammeh has reached 2.04m (6′ 8.25″) in the high jump every year at UMBC with multiple near misses at 6′ 10″. Drammeh will be competing in the Eastern division of the high jump at 8:40 AM on Saturday in attempt to garner an IC4A qualification and potentially move up another notch.
- Last weekend, Thor Serafenas launched his second best weight throw of his career (55′ 11.75″ – 17.06m) which was a mere eight inches off his PR set much later during the season. With such a long toss this early in the year, he has the potential to become only the third Retriever to cross over the 18 meter barrier and challenge the school record by season’s end. He will take to the circle in his primary event at 1:45 PM on Saturday.
- You could pay a substantial subscription fee to see the meet live via Flotrack. However, they typically will release individual race videos by mid week following the meet. A live results link will be available through most likely armorytrack.com, and we’ll post that as soon as it’s live. Twitter feeds and Facebook updates will be going in real time as events happen so they are probably the best and most reliable way to follow. We are going to attempt to film some of the events and post to Twitter/Facebook as they finish, however, that is relying on the availability of a 4G network which may or may not be available inside an ancient brick building.