May 3, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland's outdoor track and field team was in action Friday at the Jim Kehoe Memorial Twilight meet. The event is dedicated to former Maryland athletic director, coach, and athlete Jim Kehoe, a member of the US Track Coaches Hall of Fame.
The meet included local schools and running clubs from the surrounding College Park area. The Terps finished with numerous wins across a range of events in their final meet of the regular season.
For the women, freshman Chioma Onyekwere finished first in the shot put after posting a throw of 48-03. Onyekwere also finished first in the discus throw with a distance of 142-05. In the hammer throw, Moriah Young came out on top with a throw of 176-07, followed by Onyekwere (143-05), Napariu (138-08), and Bernal (93-09).
Sophomore Thea LaFond had a productive day in the field events as she finished first in the triple jump with a distance of 39-01. LaFond finished second in the long jump after recording a jump of 18-04, her second best mark of the season.Senior Arielle Statham had a season-best jump of 39-01 in the triple jump, which topped her pervious mark at the ACC Championships.
Amina Smith was third (5-07.25), and senior Lucile Cancre was fourth (5-03.25)
Freshman Noella Anyangwe was the top Terp in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.34. Freshman Laura Dally posted a 17.00 and sophomore Jacqueline finished with a 17.46
Junior Kristina Person placed first in the javelin and recorded her second best distance of the year with a throw of 109-03. Freshman Christina Bernal came in second after posting a throw of 104-08, and Lauren Ball (99-05) had her best throw of the season for third.
In the women's 200 meter dash, sophomore Jordan Simmons beat out the field finishing with a time of 25.31. Freshman Ashley Brannock was second with a time of 25.54, while sophomore Dominqiue Davis finished fourth (26.17).
In the women's 800 meter run, Maryland had the top two finishers from senior Taylor Bumpas (2:15.89) and Shade Pratt (2:17.62).
In the women's 1500 meter run, Maryland had three runners in the top five including Myah Hicks (4:37.42) who finished second, Maryam (4:40.53) in third, and freshman Emily VandeWater (4:43.59) who finished fifth.
On the men's side of things, Pat Cole was stellar in the men's discus, posting a throw of 150-09, which tied for his fourth best of the season. He also finished third in the men's shot put (50-06) and recorded his fourth best result of the season in the hammer throw (167-03).
Senior Jon Hill took first in the high jump with ease, clearing 6-11.75 to claim the victory.
In the men's 200 meter dash, senior Dareem David finished third (22.97) and sophomore William Sherman came in fourth (23.12).
In the men's 1500 meter run, sophomore Kikanae Punyua finished third (4:09.02) and junior Brian Faherty finished fourth (4:11.30).
Freshman Dan Trettel also recorded a solid second place finish in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:57.86. Senior Shawn David finished third in the 400-metetr dash with a time of 49.61.
Head track and field coach Andrew Valmon was pleased with his team's effort, and was quick to praise the contributions of his seniors over the years.
"They've been resilient for us, they've been the ones who have kept us together" said Valmon. "Obviously, there have been some changes and we've had to withstand a lot of things. But I think this senior class has stood firm and been the glue that has kept us together."
"I think one of the good things about this group is that you're talking about engineering majors, architecture majors, kinesiology majors, and a variety of different kids. So it's an eclectic group, but I think it kept us together and made us strong as a family. I think that has been the key to success for us."
The Terps will now shift their focus to the ECAC championships in Princeton, N.J. starting on Friday, May 10.