Jan. 18, 2000
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland track teams are on the road for the third time this month, as they travel to Blacksburg, Va., to compete in the Virginia Tech Invitational. This weekend marks the third consecutive meet in January. The Virginia Tech Invitational features an immense field of competition for the Terps. The meet will provide a preview for the ACCs in February since all nine ACC schools, in addition to 12 other schools, are competing. In addition to the nine ACC schools, William and Mary, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, University of Pittsburgh, East Carolina, UNC-Charlotte, George Mason, Georgetown, James Madison, Penn State, Seton Hall and West Virginia will compete at the Invitational. The Virginia Tech Invitational is one of the largest meets for the Terps this winter. The meet will begin Friday at 5 p.m. with field and indoor events, and will resume with field and indoor events Saturday at 10 a.m.
Women Receive First-Place Ranking, Men No. 13
The women's track team, which has won its last two meets, received a first-place ranking in the Team Power Rankings, released Monday. The team was ranked as high as fifth last year. In addition, the men's team received a 13th place ranking, last year the men were ranked as high as 29th. The rankings are compiled by Idaho State University, and reflect team depth and the quality of performance on a dual-meet basis.Dye Breaks School Record, Women Take First.
The women's track team continued to dominate its opponents, as the team captured first place at the Delaware Invitational in Newark, Del., last Saturday. The women won the meet with a score of 237 points, more than 100 points ahead of second-place Naval Academy's score of 136 points.
Freshman Natalie Dye (Myersville, Md.) broke junior Jaime Dorshimer's (Slatington, Pa.) school record of 10-6 in the pole vault, with a jump of 11-3 ľ. The leap earned her first place in the event, and also marked her career best.
Two seniors, three sophomores and three other freshmen took first in their events. Senior Stacey Minott (Greenburg, N.Y.) won the 60 meters with a time of 7.61 seconds, and senior Candyce DeLoatch (Pittsgrove, N.J.) won the 800 meters with a time of 2:19.54.
Sophomore Meghan White (Cockeysville, Md.) won two events. Her time of 3:04.20 earned her first place in the 1,000 meters, and she captured the one-mile with a time of 5:13.36. Fellow sophomores Thema Napier (Columbia, Md.) and Ruth Kura (Potomac, Md.) took first in their events, Napier won the 60 meter hurdles in 8.98 seconds and Kura won the weight throw with a toss of 50-7 ˝.
In addition to Dye, three freshmen won their events. Tia Burley (Baltimore, Md.) won the 200 meters in 25.47 seconds and the 400 meters in 56.61 seconds. Lynn Harris (Newark, Del.) won the high jump with a jump of 19-5 Ľ, and Punnie Chittchang (Mount Airy, Md.) took first in the triple jump with a leap of 37-6 ˝.Carr, Bugg and Joubert Lead the Way for Men at Delaware Invitational
Senior John Carr (Washington, D.C.) led the way for the Terps, winning two events as the men's team took third at the Delaware Invitational last Saturday. Carr took first in the 60 meters with a time of 6.99 seconds, and his time of 22.22 seconds earned him first place in the 200 meters as well.
Sophomore Dontae Bugg (Newport News, Va.) followed with a second-place finish in the 200 with a time of 23.04 seconds. He also took second in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.30 seconds. Sophomore Phillip Barrett (Upper Marlboro, Md.) followed close behind with a time of 8.35 seconds and a third-place finish in the event.
The Terps had a close 1-2 finish in the 400 meters, as senior Jason Joubert (Rockville, Md.) won the event with a time of 50.66 seconds and teammate Derrick Hill (Clinton, Md.) took second with a time of 50.69 seconds. Additionally, the 4x400 relay team won its event, turning in a time of 3:24.54. The men's score of 136.5 points put the Terps in third place, Delaware won the meet with a score of 211points.