Ruth Kura
Ruth Kura

Player Profile

Potomac, Md.

High School:
Quince Orchard



Holds School Record in the Weight Throw 66-9.25

2001-02 Indoor Season: All-American in the weight throw coming in eighth place at the NCAA Indoor Championships ... first Terp since 1999 to be named All-American ... Placed eighth at the U.S. Track and Field Championships, had fourth highest throw among collegiates ... Garned All-ACC accolades for third time by finishing second in the weight throw ... only second woman (Rosalind Taylor the other) to garner three All-ACC honors ... finished season ranked second in the ACC in the weight throw ... twice named ACC Women's Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week (Jan. 7 & Feb. 5) ... re-established her previous school record (61-10.5)by over five feet during the course of the season, topping out at 66-9.25 at the Armory Collegiate Invitational ... had five first place finishes during the season (Maryland, Terrapin, Delaware, Meyo and Armory Collegiate Invitationals) and two second place finishes (Blue Heaven Rumble and ACC Championships) ... broke her own school record three consecutive weeks (Blue Heave, Meyo and Armory)

As a Junior: holds the Kenyan National Record for the weight throw and the hammer …had an outstanding year in winning 10 events at seven different meets throughout both seasons … set the school record in the weight throw at 61-10 ˝ during a first place finish at the Penn State Indoor Meet that also qualified her to compete in the NCAA Tournament … finished second at the ACC Indoor Championships in the weight throw (61-6 ľ) to earn All-ACC honors … finished fifth at the ECAC Indoor Championships in the weight throw … swept all other events she competed in during the Indoor Season (Bucknell, Delaware, George Mason and Kent State) … swept the hammer and discuss competitions at finishing first at three meets during the outdoor season (Maryland, Terrapin and Penn State) … threw a season high in the discuss of 143 at the Penn State Meet … finished fourth at the Penn Relays with a season best hammer throw of 175-8 … placed sixth in the hammer and eighth in the discuss at the ACC Outdoor Championships

As a Sophomore: Earned her second career varsity letters in both indoor and outdoor track … three consecutive first-place finishes in the 20-pound weight throw at the Navy (49-9 3/4), Delaware (57-0 1/2) and Rhode Island (56-1 1/4) Indoor Invitationals … fifth-place finish in the ACC Indoor Championships with a throw of 53-4 1/4 … career-best tying hammer throw of 152-1 at the Alabama Outdoor Relays and the George Mason Invitational … finished first at the George Mason Invitational for her fifth career individual victory … second-place finishes at the VCU Ram Outdoor Invitational (128-5, discus) and the Maryland Outdoor Invitational (152-0, hammer) … her 152-1 throw in the hammer was the fifth best among all team members … four throws over 152 in the hammer during the season … career-best tying 144-1 in the discus at the VCU Ram Outdoor Invitational

As a Freshman: Earned varsity letters in both indoor and outdoor track … the ACC indoor champion in the 20-pound weight throw with a toss of 56-8 1/2 … earned two first-place finishes in the 20-pound weight throw … two first-place finishes in the discus during the outdoor season … recorded four top-ten finishes in the hammer and the shot during the outdoor season … recorded the team's top throws in the discus (144-1) and the weight throw (57-3 1/2 - a school record) finished fourth in the ECAC Outdoor Championships with a weight throw toss of 57-3 …

Before Maryland: Graduated from Quince orchard High School in 1998 … earned four varsity letters in track and field … an All-Met selection by the Washington Post as a sophomore, junior and senior … the indoor state champion in the shot put as a junior and the outdoor state champion in the discus as a senior … prep career-best throws of 39-8 in the discus and 138-6 in the discus …

Personal: Born June 7, 1980 in Nairobi, Kenya … Ruth is the daughter of Angela Adiessi …

Career Bests
Discus 144-1 ACC Outdoor Championships, 1999