Terps Host Indoor Invitational on Saturday

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LANDOVER, Md. – The Maryland Terrapins are hoping there might be a home-track and home-field advantage Saturday when they host the Terrapin Indoor Invitational at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex.

Fourteen collegiate teams from around the region will join Maryland in the competition, which serves as the Terps’ lone home meet of the indoor season.

Events will begin at 9 a.m. with the women’s 5,000-meter run on the track and the men’s weight throw on the infield. The final running events of the day, the 4x400 relays, are tentatively scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

Teams scheduled to compete include American, Christopher Newport, Coppin State, Delaware State, UDC, Hagerstown CC, Howard, Johns Hopkins, Loyola (Md.), Mary Washington, Maryland, Morgan State, Navy, Richmond and UMBC.

The Terrapins have a pair of women who earned event victories last week at the Penn State Relays.

Junior Thea LaFond won both the high jump (5-11.25) and triple jump (42-2), with both of those marks being the best in the nation thus far. LaFond was named the national women’s performer of the week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, and also won the weekly award given by the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Senior Amina Smith also hit the 5-11.25 mark in the high jump, but finished second to her teammate with more misses. LaFond and Smith are two of three women nationally to get that clearance so far this season.

Maryland sophomore Chioma Onyekwere won the shot put last Saturday at Penn State. Her mark of 49-8.50 ranked fourth all-time for the Terps indoors, and she also appears in seventh on the list in the 20-pound weight throw.

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