June 4, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - With a plethora of personal records reset during the indoor season, the Terps looked to continue that momentum heading into the outdoor season. The team managed to accomplish this feat, with individuals netting many top finishes despite several key athletes battling nagging injuries.
One such leader was sophomore sprinter Rob Frelow, who managed to turn in multiple top-10 finishes while hampered by an injured knee for most of the season. He had a great outing at the Maryland Invitational, taking second in the 400 meter dash and set a new personal record of 22.08 in the 200 meter dash. Frelow's season-best 400 meter time of 47.81 allowed him to be one of three Terps to compete in the IC4A Championships, but unfortunately, he failed to make the finals in that event.
Fellow sprinter Harold Manning was also kept out of top form this season due to a knee injury. Showing true toughness, the junior was still able to turn in first-place finishes at Virginia Commonwealth and James Madison, in the 400 and 200 meter dash, respectively. His time of 21.55 in the 200 at the James Madison Invitational marked a new personal best and earned him a spot in the IC4A Championships. There he ran a 21.75 heat time that was just .08 seconds shy of qualifying for the finals.
Also tearing up the track was the Terp distance squad, led by multitalented sophomore Florent Groberg. "Flo" competed in five different events for the team, garnering six top-10 finishes on the year, including a second-place effort in the 1,500 meter run at the Maryland Invitational. Senior Mike Prada finished his career on a very positive note, setting a new personal record of 30:40.95 in the 10,000 meter run at the IC4A Championships to finish 11th. The distance group was further aided by junior Doug Allen and freshman Pat McHenry, who were consistent competitors in the 5,000 meter run.
Off the track, sophomore Beau Fay continued his role as the team's main thrower, competing in the shot put, discus and hammer. He set a new personal-best distance of 144-3 in the discus at the Patriot Open, finishing second overall. Fay also took second in the hammer throw at the Maryland Invitational, aiding the Terps in their second place finish. His forte was the shot put, however, as he placed in the top eight at five out of six meets in that event.
Senior Adrian Nelson, the team's only jumper, had a strong season that left him just inches away from qualifying for the IC4A Championships. His top high jump of 6-7.5 at the ACC Championships gave him seventh place in the conference, with his highest finish being third at the James Madison Invitational.
Next year's outdoor team will look to continue its pattern of achieving individual excellence while striving to improve team performance. In order to do this, the team will need new talent in the jumps area, and also the full recovery of Frelow and Manning. Additionally, the team will benefit from the return of sophomores Mike Fleg and Paul Dorsey, who were sidelined with injury for the season. If everyone can stay healthy next season, the Terps should expect nothing but success.