Terps Shine at Maryland Invitational

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - In their first outdoor meet of the 2018 season, the Maryland track and field team came out rolling and finished atop 10 events to take home the team victory at the Maryland Invitational for both the men and women.

Not only did the Terps come out strong to start their outdoor campaign, but several Terps set new records along the way.

On the women’s side, Emma O’Hara had a spectacular performance with a 58.90m hammer throw that left her with a five-meter margin over second place. The score, over 193 feet, breaks her own school record of 191’04” set last year.

In the men’s high jump, Sam Shoultz shattered his personal best after clearing a height of 2.21m,  73,  to take home the victory. His performance ties him with Brian Melly for fifth best in school history.

Dallyssa Huggins joined Shoultz as Terps swept the high jump on Saturday. Huggins finished atop the women’s competition with a 1.77m (59.75) jump, while Peyton Wade came in second at 1.74m (58.50).  This was one of three events that the Terps swept.

Greg Thompson placed 1st in the mens discus.  The returning NCAA All-American got off to a good start this season with a throw of 55.54m (1823). Claudia Ababio finished 2nd in the discus, an event she holds the school record in.  Her best mark was 167’09”.

Calvin Pitney also took home the victory for the Terps with a 4.67m pole vault.

In long jump, Kayla Richardson was victorious with a jump of 6.08m (1911.50). 

Nick Pulli clobbered the competition with a 52.84m hammer throw, over five meters farther than the second place finisher. Pulli also finished second in shot put at 14.96m.

Senior Patrick Hanley led the Terps in the 5000m run, finishing second with a time of 14:35.49. On the women’s side, Emily Bracher and Kathryn Gearhart placed second and third respectively. Bracher finished in 17:31.62 while Gearhart wasn’t far behind at 17:45.94

Jai’lyn Merriweather led the Terps in the women’s 200m dash where she finished in second place (25.35 seconds). In the mens 200m dash, Alex Leto also placed 2nd with a time of 22.27.

The lady terps swept places 2nd-5th in the 400m hurdles.  Thaila Cooper placed 2nd in 1:03.74 with Huggins in 3rd (1:03.76).  Nadia Hackett placed 4th and Jewel Smith finished 5th.

The women also racked up additional points in the triple jump placing 1st through 4thTamir Jacobs won the event in 11.86m and Leah Blackall finished 2nd in 11.70m.  Kayla Richardson was 3rd and Breanna Coleman finished 4th.

The Terps finished two ladies in the top three of the womens 3000m run.  Christine Laurie ran 10:00.51 for 2nd place and Brittany Lang ran 10:03.77 for 3rd place.

Merriweather, and her sister Dai’lyn, helped the Terps clinch victory in the women’s 4x400m relay. The duo made up half of the Terps squad, alongside Nadia Hackett and Peyton Wade that finished first with a time of 3:52.60. The men’s relay team, comprised of Aaron RobinsonAlex LetoTJ Bleichner, and Eric Thomas, also finished first in 3:19.98.

The Terps return to action next weekend at the Bull Invitational in Tampa, Florida.