Maryland Shines at Terrapin Invitational

Jan. 19, 2013

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LANDOVER, Md. - Senior Moriah Young led Maryland with two individual victories at the annual Terrapin Invitational at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex Saturday.

Young continued her early-season success as she won the weight throw with a mark of 59-10.50, topping her mark from Penn State last weekend. Young also won the shot put for the second consecutive weekend (49-03.00).

Maryland continued to show its dominance with a stellar showing in the high jump. Amber Melville won for the second straight weekend, clearing 5-09.75 and Amina Smith finished third (5-07.25).

A pair of freshman - Chioma Onyekwere (46-10.00) and Sonya Napariu (42-05.50) - finished third and seventh, respectively, in the shot put, following Young. Napariu was also 10th in the weight throw (44-09.00).

Sophomore Thea LaFond took first in the long jump (18-07.25) and placed second in the 60 meter hurdles (8.83).

The Terps secured the top three spots in the 300 meter dash as junior Ayanna Fields (41.70) edged out fellow junior Arielle Statham (41.70) to take home first place. Freshman Ashley Brannock finished third in the event (42.37).

Both relay teams took second place as the distance medley team (1:37.26) was comprised of Julie Sinkovitz, Myah Hicks, Taylor Bumpas, and Maryam Fikri while Statham, Bumpas, Sinkovitz, and Hicks (3:54.03) competed in the 4x400.

Other top 10 finishers included Jordan Simmons in the 60 meter dash (ninth - 7.95), Shade Pratt in the 600 meter run (fourth - 1:37.26), Emily VandeWater (seventh - 5:20.48) in the mile, Rebecca Yep in the 3000 meter (fifth - 10:27.33), and Bridget Nolan (fifth - 18:25.40) in the 5000 meter run.

Head coach Andrew Valmon was pleased with the way his team performed and thought they built on the promise they showed during the season opener at Penn State. Saturday's meet was the lone home indoor competition for Maryland in 2013.

"I thought we had a solid meet today that helped us train towards our ultimate goal of preparing for the month of February," Valmon said.

The month of February will bring two competitions at rival ACC schools, followed by the ACC Championships.

The team will travel to New York City next Friday to compete in the Night at the Armory.