LaFond, Onyekwere Win Twice at Terrapin Indoor

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LANDOVER, Md.Thea LaFond and Chioma Onyekwere each won two events for the University of Maryland Saturday at the Terrapin Invitational indoor track and field meet held at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex.

LaFond, the reigning national women’s performer of the week by the USTFCCCA, won the 60-meter hurdles (8.71) and long jump (20 feet, 2.50 inches) on Saturday, She captured the high jump and triple jump a week ago at the Penn State Relays, giving her four victories in four different events in two weeks.

Onyekwere won both throwing events for the Maryland women. She captured her second shot put (49-2.25) competition in as many weeks and also won the 20-pound weight throw (57-1.50).

Maryland also got individual women’s victories from Myah Hicks (600), Julie Sinkovitz (mile), Kate Kanetzky (5,000) and Amber Melville (high jump).

The eight victories among the 18 events pushed the Terrapins to a comfortable win in the team competition. Maryland finished with 170 points, well ahead of Navy’s 111 and UMBC’s 86.

Melville's win in the women's high jump came at 6-0, as she matched her indoor career-best in her first competition of the 2014 season. Melville, the reigning ACC Indoor champion, is one of only three women in school history to clear 6-0. Teammate Amina Smith was second at 5-10.75.

Although Maryland’s men’s team is not officially sponsored during the indoor season, the Terrapin men also had strong showings on Saturday.

Freshman Dahri Jahn-Richardson won the 600-meter run in 1:25.01, just 1/100th of a second better than teammate Terrence Maliff. Senior Josh Haghighi won the 35-pound weight throw at 63-2.75, a career-best and the second-best toss all-time at Maryland.

Johns Hopkins held off Howard for the men’s team title, 117-114. Coppin State, which had Shane Green get wins in the long jump and triple jump, was third with 104.

Maryland competes next weekend at the Hokie Invitational at Virginia Tech.


·      The Terps placed five finishers in the top six in the women’s 600. Myah Hicks won in 1:35.88, with Shade Pratt (1:36.24) in third, Charlotte Staver (1:37.10) in fourth, Catherine Voelpel (1:37.74) in fifth and Rachelle Alexander (1:38.36) in sixth.

·      Julie Sinkovitz won the women’s mile in 5:02.42, winning by five full seconds over Frances Loeb of Johns Hopkins.

·      Kate Kanetzky, a transfer from Air Force who is taking graduate classes at Maryland, won the women’s 5,000 in 17:26.12. Her time is an ECAC-qualifying mark and is fourth all-time indoors at Maryland. Teammate Becky Yep was second, setting a PR by 18 seconds at 17:30.04 and moving from seventh to sixth all-time at Maryland.

·      The Terps finished 1-2-4 in the 60 hurdles, with LaFond’s ECAC-qualifying mark of 8.71 being followed by Noella Anyangwe (8.99) and Lisa Meneau (9.07). Taylor Tucker (9.39) also reached the finals for the Terps.

·      Thea LaFond’s winning mark of 20-2.50 in the long jump was an ECAC-qualifier and moved her from 10th to third on the Terps’ all-time list. She is the fifth Terrapin ever past 20 feet in the women’s long jump.

·      Sophomore Sonya Napariu finished third behind teammate Chioma Onyekwere in both throwing events.

·      Trey Sherman had a PR of 7.08 in the preliminary rounds of the men’s 60-meter dash, eventually finishing second in the final.

·      Maryland finished 2-3 in the men’s shot put with Pat Cole (51-9.75) edging teammate Josh Haghighi (51-3.75).

·      Josh Haghighi dominated the weight throw with his 63-2.75 mark, but teammate Pat Cole was second at 53-7.50.