Feb. 19, 2006
LYNCHBURG, Va. - Zhanna Barer went 11 feet, 6.25 inches to win the women's pole vault on Saturday, one of four University of Maryland women to earn individual titles at the Liberty Invitational indoor track and field meet held at the Tolsma Track Center.
On the men's side, Dominic Berger continued his roll in the 60-meter hurdles, winning the event in 7.97 seconds. Earl Gray earned his first win of the indoor season, taking the 200-meter dash in a season-best 22.31 seconds.
Terrapin student-athletes were making their final preparations for next weekend's Atlantic Coast Conference indoor championships, to be held at Virginia Tech.
Kierra Foster won the women's long jump in 20-3, while Bria Johnson captured the shot put in 46-11.50, improving her season best by nearly eight inches. Jillian Anwah, who finished second in the shot put behind Johnson, won the women's weight throw at 57-11.25. Aysha Gregory was third in the weight throw (48-0.50) and fourth in the shot (43-2.50).
Also for Maryland, Renee Clarke earned a second in the 400 meters (57.05), while Laurel Jefferson (2:19.08) and Kelly Wallace (2:19.34) finished 2-3 in the 800 meters. Meghan Braffet earned an ECAC berth by finishing third in the mile at 4:57.27, with Katie Purcell posting an ECAC-qualifying 5:01.10 with a fifth-place finish. Chanel Williams was second in the 60 hurdles at 8.75.
Maryland also won the women's 4x400 relay in a season-best 3:52.06.
Anthony Walker was second in the men's 400 in 49.86, with Kyle Rauser picking up a second-place finish in the 800 at 1:57.01. Dan Ryan was second at 1,000 meters in 2:42.91, while Berger was third in the 200 at 22.68 and Zach Martinez was third in the mile in a season-best 4:15.81. Tyler McCandless also placed third in the 3,000 in a time of 8:58.55. Toyosi Ogunkua added nearly a foot to his season-best in the men's triple jump, placing fourth in 42-3.75.
WOMEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (First-place and Maryland finishers)
MEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS