April 20, 2013
CARY, N.C. - Amber Melville captured gold in the high jump to lead Maryland on the final day of the 2013 ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships Saturday.
Dominant first and second-place finishes in the high jump led the field events. Melville took home gold with a personal-best height of 6-00.75. Thea LaFond's jump of 5-11.50 earned the sophomore a second-place finish. Melville and LaFond's jumps rank third and fifth in Maryland women's outdoor track & field history, respectively. Amina Smith placed seventh in the event with a jump of 5-09.25 and Lucile Cancre placed 17th with a jump of 5-03.00.
LaFond's effort in the high jump helped the sophomore earn Most Valuable Field Athlete honors on the women's side.
On the men's side, senior Jon Hill continued his impressive high jump performance this season with a second-place finish. His jump of 7-03.75 ties for second all-time in Maryland outdoor track & field history.
The women's 4x400 relay earned a first place finish of their own. Freshman Ashley Brannock, senior Arielle Statham, Sophomore Myah Hicks and sophomore Shade Pratt made up the team and finished in 3:45.81
The women's 4x100 meter relay finished sixth. The team, comprised of freshman Noella Anyangwe, Statham, freshman Ashley Brannock and sophomore Jordan Simmons, earned a time of 46.97. The time ranks 10th-best in Maryland history for outdoor track.
The women's hammer throw brought Maryland three finishes in the top 13. Senior Moriah Young led the Terps with a sixth-place throw of 177-10. Freshmen Sonya Napariu (158-02) and Chimoa Onyekwere (142-07) finished ninth and 13th, respectively. Sophomore Pat Cole finished sixth in the men's hammer throw with a distance of 170-00.
Statham finished fourth in the triple jump (41-01.00) and eighth in the women's 400 meters with a time of 56.37. Her distance in the triple jump is fourth best in Maryland outdoor history.
Sinkovitz earned a fourth-place finish in the 800m with a time of 2:07.56. Her time was the fourth-best mark in Maryland history.
ECAC Championships will take place May 10, 11 and 12. NCAA Regional Championships are May 23-25 and the season concludes with NCAA Championships June 6- 8.