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Track Teams Prepare for Final Home Meet this Saturday
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 06/21/1999

April 5, 1999

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - For the second time in two weeks, the Maryland track teams will have an opportunity to compete in front of a home crowd this weekend at the James Kehoe Track and Field Facility. George Mason, East Carolina, Northeastern, Rhode Island, and Delaware will travel to College Park to compete this Saturday in the Terrapin Invitational. The field of competition will be smaller than that of last weekend's Maryland Invitational, a meet that both the men and women won. This week's competition will be the Terps' final opportunity to tune up for the ACC Championships, which is April 16-17 at Clemson University.

TRACK TEAMS IMPRESS HOME CROWD WITH STRONG SHOWINGS
The men's and women's track teams both took first place in front of a home crowd at the Maryland Invitational last Saturday. The women's team won 16 of 18 events en route to a 287-point margin of victory over second-place Morgan State University. Freshman Thema Napier (Columbia, Md.), sophomore Kelly Crowley (Levittown, Pa.), and junior Candyce DeLoatch (Pittsgrove, N.J.) each won two events. Napier won the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 14.48 seconds and the 400 hurdles with a school record time of 59.82. Crowley took first in the 1,500 with a mark of 4:43.72 and the 3,000 with a time of 10:26.80. DeLoatch continued her dominance in the 400, winning in 53.77. She also took first in the 200 with a time of 24.72. Morgan State was second with a score of 96 points and Millersville took third with a score of 70 points.

The men's team used a second-place finish in the final event of the afternoon, the 4x400 relay, to vault into first place overall. Leading the men was junior Jason Joubert (Rockville, Md.). In addition to anchoring the 4x400 relay team, Joubert placed first in the 400 hurdles with a time of 53.57 and won the 3,000 steeplechase in 12:19.00. Senior Matt Green (Etna, N.H.) took first in the 5,000 with a mark of 15:25.97. In addition, freshman James Gondak (Doylestown, Pa.) won the hammer with a throw of 155-6. The men accumulated a score of 156 points. Millersville was second with a score of 151.5 and Delaware State finished third with a score of 111.

MARYLAND WOMEN JUMP TO THIRD IN NATIONAL OUTDOOR POWER RANKINGS, MEN 13TH
The women's track team, coming off last weekend's impressive performance, has jumped to third place of the National Dual Meet Power Rankings, which are compiled by Idaho State University. The women debuted in 23rd place last week, but victories over the seven other teams at the Maryland Invitational have vaulted the team into third place, behind only the University of Nebraska and the University of Arizona.

The men's team, meanwhile, used its victory last weekend to move into 13th place overall. The team opened last week in 29th place, but victories over the other eight teams at the Maryland Invitational were enough to place them in the top 15. Arizona is in first place, followed by Washington State University, and Nebraska.

NAPIER PASSES TEAMMATE IN 400 HURDLES
Freshman Thema Napier, who has had a friendly rivalry with senior Dessalyn Jolley for much of the season, got a leg up on her teammate with her record-breaking performance in the 400 hurdles at the Maryland Invitational last weekend. Jolley, who had held the school record of 1:01.15 until last Saturday, ran the 400 in 1:00.79 at the Maryland Invitational. Napier, however, ran the same event in 59.82 seconds, establishing the new school mark.

MARYLAND WOMEN FINISH 13TH IN INDOOR POWER RANKINGS
The women's track team closed out the indoor season in 13th place of the National Dual Meet Power Rankings which are compiled by Idaho State University. The team ranked as high as fifth earlier in the season and it has hovered around the top 10 throughout the year. The men's team, which placed as high as 29th earlier in the season, finished in 51st place.

MARYLAND SCHEDULE

M20    Hurricane Invitational at Miami, Fla.
M25-   Alabama Relays
 28    at Tuscaloosa, Ala.
A3     Maryland Invitational at College Park
A10    Terrapin Invitational at College Park
A16-   ACC Championships
 17    at Clemson, S.C.
A22-   Penn Relays
 24    at Philadelphia, Pa.
M1     Mason Springs Invitational at Fairfax, Va.
M8     George Mason, Adidas Invite at Fairfax, Va.
M14-   JMU Last Chance Invite
 15    at Harrisonburg, Va.
M22-   ECAC's (Women)
 23    at Fairfax, Va.
M22-   IC4A's (Men)
 23    Fairfax, Va.
J2-5   NCAA Championships at Boise, Idaho

OUTDOOR ALL-ACC SELECTIONS

Women (since 1989) 1989 Jennifer Van Horn 1991 Jennifer Van Horn Marchelle Payne 1992 Marchele Payne 1993 Marchelle Payne 1995 Simone Farrar 1997 Heather Atkinson 1998 Heather Atkinson

Men (since 1989) 1989 Steve Yates John Finney 1990 Steve Yates 1993 Kelvin McQueen 1995 Brian Montgomery (twice) 1996 Brian Montgomery



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